Kathrin Boerner

Kathrin Boerner, PhD

  • ASSOCIATE CLINICAL PROFESSOR | Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Dr. Boerner is a Senior Research Scientist at the Jewish Home Research Institute on Aging, and Associate Clinical Professor at the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her research expertise is in adult development and aging, with a particular focus on coping with bereavement and chronic disability.

Dr. Boerner has successfully published conceptual and empirical work on adaptation to bereavement and chronic disability in middle and late adulthood for over a decade. She is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIA-funded two-year study that focuses on how direct care workers respond and adapt to patient death. Recently completed studies include an NIMH-funded two-year study on coping with disability in midlife, as well as two five-year studies (funded by NIMH and NIA) on managing late-life disability.

Dr Boerner is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 20; Adult Development and Aging) and the Gerontological Society of America. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the journal Clinical Rehabilitation (Oxford, UK).

Dr. Boerner completed most of her undergraduate and graduate training in Germany between 1993 and 2000. She earned a BA in Psychology from the Christian Albrechts University to Kiel, an MA in Psychology from the University of Trier, and a PhD in Adult Development and Aging from the Free University of Berlin. While completing her dissertation research on family dynamics following parental loss, she also held the position of Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. Before taking her current position as Senior Research Scientist at Jewish Home Lifecare, she was a Research Associate at the  Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute of Lighthouse International, New York (2000 to 2007).