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Professor Ken Doka Receives Coveted Herman Feifel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Thanatology

July 17, 2018

The International Work Group on Dying, Death and Bereavement (IWG) has this year bestowed its coveted Herman Feifel Award on Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, professor of counseling at The College of New Rochelle. Presented at IWG’s meeting in London, Ontario, Canada, on June 28, the Herman Feifel Award, which is considered one of the highest awards in the field, recognizes exceptional achievement in thanatology (grief counseling) by an individual who has made distinctive contributions to the field, usually of a longstanding nature.

In conferring the award, Dr. Charles Corr, former chairperson of IWG, cited the extensive academic work of Doka – particularly noting that The College of New Rochelle is one of the few institutions worldwide to offer a Certificate in Thanatology.

A preeminent expert on grief, Doka is also a senior consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America and an ordained Lutheran minister. He has authored or edited close to 40 books in the field as well as over 100 book chapters and journal articles.  He serves as the editor of  the Hospice Foundation’s newsletter Journeys, as well as Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, the oldest journal in the field. Doka has served as chair of IWG and president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

Doka speaks around the world on dying, death, and bereavement, and his work has been featured in national publications and media outlets, including Time, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Nightline.

IWG is an international association of leading thanatologists from throughout the world. Membership in the IWG is by invitation.