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Joanne Cacciatore

MISS Foundation Founder and Chairman

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is the founder of the MISS Foundation and she is currently a professor at Arizona State University. Her area of expertise is traumatic death, specifically child death, and she is an acclaimed public speaker on this topic.

Dr. Cacciatore also specializes in counseling those affected by traumatic death and she is a Diplomate in the American Psychotherapy Association.  Her therapeutic interventions are  always presence-and-mindfulness based and include narrative, dialectical, and logo therapies, in addition to trauma focused therapies. 

As an advocate of “green” mental health care after a traumatic experience, she is a member of the American Psychotherapy Association, the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the National Center for Crisis Management. She spearheaded and directs the graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement program at ASU. 

Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals such as The Lancet, Birth, Death Studies, Omega Journal of Death and Dying, Social Work, Social Work and Healthcare, and Families in Society.  

Dr. Cacciatore received her Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Masters degree and Bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University.  Her work has been featured in major media sources such as People and Newsweek magazines, the New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN, National Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Times. 

She received the prestigious Hon Kachina Award in 2007. 

Her greatest accomplishment, however, is that she is a mother to five children, now mostly grown. She notes “four who walk and one who soars”. 

On a personal note, she has been a vegetarian since 1976 and enjoys barefoot hiking, reading, surfing, and rock climbing. 

Her life changed profoundly in 1994 when her daughter, Cheyenne, died. 

To get a bit more personal: Read Dr. Cacciatore's bereavement blog

Latest News:
Exciting news! Arizona State University's Board of Regents finally approved the graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement (CTB).

This is an interdisciplinary program that will prepare students to work in the field of loss and trauma, an emergent, in-demand education.

More information here.

To get a copy of Dr. Cacciatore's CV,  please click here (opens pdf file)