Elizabeth J Kramer is a Professor of Social Work and member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an internationally recognized gerontology researcher, scholar and educator. Her research has strengthened understanding of male caregivers, caregiving gains, transitions in the caregiving career, the distinctive nature of end-of-life caregiving, and the phenomenon of family conflict at the end of life.

She co-edited a volume entitled Men as Caregivers: Theory, Research, and Service Implications (2002), and has written with Dr. Nancy Hooyman, the first evidence-based textbook to profile grief and bereavement interventions for human service professionals titled Living through Loss: Interventions across the Life-Span (2006). With her colleagues, she established competencies and a national research agenda for social work research in palliative and end-of-life care.

As the recipient of 2 national awards, the John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Award, and the Project on Death in America Social Work Leadership Development Award, Dr. Kramer has received support to implement several projects relevant to improving palliative and end-of-life care. She served as a faculty member and mentor of a National Cancer Institute training grant titled Transdisciplinary Palliative Care Education for Social Workers, Psychologists and Chaplains, and is the recipient of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Distinguished Researcher Award (2008).

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