College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
An expert in grief, death and dying, Kriss A. Kevorkian, PhD, MSW, holds a doctoral degree in thanatology, the study/science of death, dying and bereavement. She combined her passion for thanatology with her love of whales and the environment through her research on environmental grief® and ecological grief®. Dr. Kevorkian has presented this research in the United States and abroad.
Her work experience includes deputy coroner, unit social worker for a skilled nursing facility, and hospice medical social worker offering emotional support and counseling to terminally ill patients, including young children to elders, and their families. As a hospice social worker, she received Certificates of Recognition for her Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Social Work from local politicians. In addition to being Co-Chair of the San Fernando Valley End-of-life Coalition, she was Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Bioethics Committee for two years and Chair of their Death and Dying Subcommittee for three years.
She has worked in academia, lecturing and teaching classes on aging, trauma, end-of-life care, death, bereavement, grief and loss to medical and mental health professionals and students. She provides educational workshops, seminars, and writes about dying/death, caregiving, grief/loss, animal companion loss, and grief related to environmental loss and destruction.
Dr. Kriss Kevorkian is a Contributing Faculty Member in the MSW program at Walden University where she teaches classes on trauma, crisis and disasters to name a few. She hosts/facilitates a Death Café monthly at the Gig Harbor Library, is a trained Climate Leader/Mentor through the Climate Reality Project, a member of the Steering Committee of the Meaningful Movies Gig Harbor, and is a member of the Gig Harbor Sustainability Coalition. She is Founder of the Legal Rights for the Salish Sea, an organization educating communities and stakeholders about getting the rights of nature to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales and the Salish Sea herself.
Her private practice includes helping clients with end-of-life care issues, as well as working with those reacting to environmental and ecological grief, and the “global” grief we experience daily as we do our best to cope with the political chaos taking place.