Holly Prigerson, PhD
Director, Center for Research on End of Life Care
Holly Prigerson, PhD, is the Irving Sherwood Wright Professor of Geriatrics at Weill Cornell, Professor of Sociology in Medicine, and Director, Center for Research on End of Life Care. Dr. Prigerson is a graduate of Stanford, and has served previously on faculty at both Yale and Harvard. The theme of her research across studies has been on examining psychosocial and behavioral influences on late stage patient and caregiver quality of life, end-of-life care, and surviving caregiver bereavement adjustment. Dr. Prigerson continues to serve as principal investigator of multiple NIH projects including Coping with Cancer. Coping with Cancer is an on-going prospective cohort study that includes description of the religious and spiritual factors influencing end-of-life care. She is currently overseeing several spirituality and end-of-life outcomes studies including in the areas of chaplaincy and the impact of physician spirituality on end-of-life decision-making. Dr. Prigerson has been the senior author on several landmark studies in spirituality and health published in JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAMA Internal Medicine, and Cancer. She also 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 spirituality and medicine.