Holly Prigerson, PhD

Holly Prigerson, PhD

Co-Investigator

Holly G. Prigerson, PhD, is the Irving Sherwood Wright Professor of Geriatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College, Professor of Sociology in Medicine, and Director, Center for Research on End-of-Life Care. Dr. Prigerson graduated magna cum laude from Columbia (Barnard) where she received awards for proficiency in U.S. History and Spanish. She has graduate degrees in History and Sociology from Stanford, was a postdoctoral fellow in the epidemiology of aging at Yale, and received an honorary master’s degree from Harvard. She was approved for tenure as a faculty member at Yale and Harvard Medical School (HMS); she was recently promoted to Professor of Psychiatry at HMS. The theme of her research across studies has been on examining psychosocial and behavioral influences on medical care and care outcomes for patients and families confronting life-threatening illnesses and death.  Dr. Prigerson has served as Principal Investigator on multiple NIH investigations that focus on cancer patient and caregiver quality of life and disparities in end-of-life care. Dr. Prigerson has been the senior author on several landmark studies including a study of the stages of grief, outcomes of end-of-life communication and the effects of religious coping on medical decision-making and care near death that were published in JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Cancer, JAMA Oncology, & American Journal of Psychiatry. Together with her team she has led the studies supporting the inclusion of Prolonged Grief Disorder in ICD-11 and DSM-5-TR. She received the Harvard Medical School’s Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award recognizing her mentorship of numerous PhD and MD junior faculty in launching successful research careers in the field of psychosocial oncology and cancer outcomes research, and the 2012 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Distinguished End of Life Researcher Award; in 2018 the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Scientist Award. In 2015 she was awarded the 7-year NCI R35 Outstanding Investigator Award, which is leading to a wide range of new projects and mentorship opportunities that put research in action.