• Purdue University, Ph.D., 1987
  • Northern Illinois University, M.S., 1982
  • Northern Illinois University, B.A., 1971
  • President, Association for Death Education and Counseling, 2010-2011
  • Board Member, International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, 2006-2010
  • Co-chair, 2007 ADEC Conference Planning Committee, 2007
  • Member, Conference Planning Committee, NCFR, 2006-2008
  • Visiting Professor, International Islamic University Malaysia, Summer 2006
  • Fellow in Thanatology, Association for Death Education and Counseling, 2005-present
  • Certified Family Life Educator, 2000-present
  • Board Member, Association for Death Education and Counseling, 2000-2003
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA), Indiana University Bloomington, 1997
Research Interests 
  • Bereavement
  • Loss and grieving in the context of family
  • Death of a child
  • Infant and pregnancy loss
  • Loss and meaning making
  • Stress and resilience in the family
  • Cross national research
  • Qualitative research                                                                                                                                                             
Selected Publications

Gilbert, K. R. & Gilbert, R. J. (In press). Echoes of loss: Long-term grief and adaptation among third culture kids. In Bell-Vilada, G., Sichel, N. & Eidse, F. (eds).

Writing out of limbo: International childhoods, third-culture kids and global nomads. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Gilbert, K. R., & Horsley, G. (In press).

Technology and grief support in the twenty first century: A multimedia platform at In Neimeyer, R, Winokuer, H., Harris, D., & Thornton, G. (Eds.).

Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (working title). New York, NY: Routledge. Lang, A., Duhamel, F., Fleiszer, A., Sword, W., Aston, M., & Gilbert, K. (In press).

Bereavement care best practice guideline: Nursing research project Toronto, Canada: Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario. Lang, A., Duhamel, F., Fleiszer, A., Sword,W., Gilbert, K., & Aston, M. (2010).

Developing a best practice guideline for primary bereavement care. [Abstract]. Journalof Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 39(5). Gilbert, K. R. (Ed.), (2010).

Annual edition: The family 11/12. Guilford, CT: McGraw Hill/Dushkin Pub. Group, Inc Gilbert, K. R., Hieftje, K. D., & Murray, M. J. (2009).

Disenfranchised grievers and the Internet: Alone and together across the distance. Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, (12), 36-39. Gilbert, K. R. (2008).

Loss and grief between and among cultures: The experience of third culture kids. Illness, Crisis and Loss, 16, 93-109. Gilbert, K. R. & Hieftje, K. D. (2008).

Health education on the web: Lessons learned. Eta Sigma Gamma, 25, 1-6. Gilbert, K. R. & Murray, C. I. (2007).

The family, larger systems, and death education. In Balk, D., et al. (Eds.). The handbook of thanatology. Northbrook, IL: Association for Death Education and Counseling. Murray, C. I. & Gilbert, K. R. (2005).

River of grief: Parents and siblings following child death, in Bengston, V. (Ed.) Sourcebook of family theory & research (pp.436-438). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Gilbert, K. R. (2005).

When couples lose a child, in Catherall, D. R. (Ed.), Family stressors: Interventions for stress and trauma, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. Gilbert, K. R. (2004).

Death education on the "net": Development and delivery of "grief in a family context," in Cox, G. & Bendikson, R. (Eds.) Teaching the Sociology of dying and death (pp. 83-91), Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. Gilbert, K. (2003).

Death and dying. In Ponzetti, J. J. (Ed). International encyclopedia of marriage and family relationships, 2nd ed (pp. 390-394). New York, NY: Macmillan Reference, USA. Gilbert, K. R. (Ed.) (2001).

The emotional nature of qualitative research. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. Gilbert, K. R., & Smart, L. S. (1992).

Coping with infant or fetal loss: The couple's healing process. New York: Brunner/Mazel Pub. Co. Gilbert, K. R. (2002).

Taking a narrative approach to grief research: Finding meaning in stories. Death Studies, 26, 223-240. Adams, R. A., Dollahite, D., Gilbert, K. R.,& Keim, R. (2001).

The development of ethical guidelines and principles for the National Council on Family Relations. Family Relations, 50, 41-48. Gilbert, K. R. (1996).

'We've had the same loss, why don't we have the same grief?' Loss and differential grief in families. Death Studies, 20, 269-283.