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Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, PsyD



Resnick campus - Rousso Building

Room #143

1165 Morris Park Ave, The Bronx, NY 10461, United States

PhD, The New School for Social Research

MA, The New School for Social Research

BA, St. Catherine University

Dr. Kailey Roberts is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology specializing in bereavement and existential psychotherapy. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research and completed her clinical internship and a postdoctoral fellowship in geropsychology at the Brooklyn VA. In addition, she has received a decade of training in psycho-oncology and bereavement at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, supported by National Cancer Institute-funded predoctoral and postdoctoral research fellowships. 

In her teaching, research, and clinical work, Dr. Roberts focuses on understanding existential distress and supporting individuals facing adversity through connection to their unique sense of meaning, identity and purpose. Her mixed-methods research focuses on the development and implementation of psychosocial assessments and interventions for patients with life-limiting conditions, their caregivers, and the bereaved. She is particularly interested in drawing on patient, caregiver, and clinician qualitative feedback to optimize psychotherapy for diverse psychosocial needs and sociocultural contexts. Dr. Roberts is currently leading research projects on bereavement risk screening and bereavement care for older adults. Additionally, she is a collaborator on studies related to Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy, supporting bereaved parents, and palliative care in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Grief, Loss, and Meaning Lab Website

Current Research Funding

Development of an Interdisciplinary Online Training in Primary Care Mental Health

New York Foundation for Eldercare Grant

Dates: 11/15/2021-present

Role: Multiple PI: Richard Zweig, Ph.D./Kailey Roberts, Ph.D.

Prior Research Funding

F31 CA192447, The Preliminary Development and Content Validation of a Bereavement Screening Tool 
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
National Cancer Institute 
Dates: 7/1/2015 – 6/30/2016
Role: PI


P30 CA008748, Development and Refinement of a Bereavement Risk Screening Tool
SOAR (Survivorship, Outcomes, and Risk) Developmental Funds Award
National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant
Dates: 1/1/2015 – 6/30/2015
PI: Wendy Lichtenthal, Ph.D./Stacy Stabler, M.D.
Role: Co-Investigator


2020, Cornelia Perry Memorial Award for Outstanding Written and Verbal Communication, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


2019-2020, Co-Chief Research Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2016-2017, Dissertation Fellowship, The New School for Social Research

2014, Catherine Low Memorial Award for Outstanding Predoctoral Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Select Publications


  1. Dhingra L., Braveman C., Roberts K.E., DiFiglia S., Kassner C., & Portenoy R.K. (2022). Low hospice utilization in New York State: Framework for compiling and ranking barriers, Journal of Palliative Medicine, epub ahead of print.
  2. Applebaum, A.J., Roberts, K.E., Lynch, K., Gebert, R., Loschiavo, M., Behrens, M., Walsh, L.E., Polacek, L., Diamond, E.L., & Breitbart, W. (2022) A qualitative exploration of the feasibility and acceptability of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for cancer caregivers. Palliative and Suportive Care, 26, 1-7.
  3. Singer, J., Roberts, K.E., McLean, E., Fadalla, C. Coats, T., Rogers, M., Wilson, M.,Godwin, K., &  Lichtenthal, W. (2022). An Examination and Proposed Definitions of Family Members’ Grief Prior to the Death of Individuals with a Life-limiting Illness: A Systematic Review. Palliative Medicine epub ahead of print.
  4. Roberts, K.E., Lichtenthal, W.G., Ferrell, B. (2021). Being a bereavement-conscious hospice and palliative care clinician. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 23(4), 293-295. 
  5. Lichtenthal. W.G., Roberts, K.E., Ferrell, B. (2021). Bereavement care: Walking the walk. Journal of Palliative Medicine 24(6), 805-806.
  6. Lichtenthal. W.G., Roberts, K.E., Applebaum, A., Pessin, H., & Breitbart, W. (2020). Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy and Cancer: Finding Meaning in the Face of Suffering. Psychiatric Times
  7. Lichtenthal, W.G., Roberts, K.E., & Prigerson, H.G. Bereavement Care in the Wake of COVID-19: Offering condolences and referrals. (2020). Annals of Internal Medicine, M20-2526. Advance online publication. 
  8. Roberts, K.E., Jankauskaite, G., Slivjak, E., Rubin, L., Schachter, S., Stabler, S., Wiener, L., Prigerson, H., & Lichtenthal, W.G. (2020). Bereavement Risk Screening: A Pathway to Psychosocial Oncology Care. Psycho-Oncology, 29(12), 2041-2047.
  9. Karakala, S., Roberts, K.E., Rogers, M., Coats, T., Falzarano, F., Gang, J., Chilov, M., Prigerson, H.G. & Lichtenthal, W.G. (2020). The neurobiological reward system in Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD): A systematic review. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 303.
  10. Lichtenthal, W.G., Roberts, K.E., & Prigerson, H.G. Bereavement Care in the Wake of COVID-19: Offering condolences and referrals. (2020). Annals of Internal Medicine, M20-2526. Advance online publication. PMID: PMC7346775, PMID: 32574071.
  11. Lichtenthal, W.G., Roberts, K.E., Catarozoli, C., Schofield, E., Holland, J., Fogarty, J., Coats, T., Barakat, L., Baker, J., Brinkman, T., Neimeyer, R., Prigerson, H., Zaider, T., Breitbart, W., & Wiener, L. (2020). Regret and unfinished business in parents bereaved by cancer. Palliative Medicine, 34(3), 367-377.
  12. Roberts, K.E., Walsh, L., Saracino, R., Fogarty, J., Coats, T., Goldberg, J., Prigerson, H., & Lichtenthal, W.G. (2019). A systematic review of treatment options for grieving older adults. Invited review in Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 6,450-51
  13. Lichtenthal, W.G., Catarozoli, C., Masterson, M., Slivjak, E., Schofield, E., Roberts, K.E., Neimeyer, R.A., Wiener, L., Prigerson, H.G., Kissane, D.W., Li, Y., & Breitbart, W. (2019). An open trial of Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy: Rationale and preliminary evaluation. Palliative and Supportive Care, 17(1), 2-12. PMID: 30683164; PMCID: PMC6401220.
  14. Roberts, K.E., Panjwani, A., Marziliano, A., Applebaum, A., Lichtenthal, W.  (2018).  Bereavement, legacy and end-of-life care.  Invited chapter in Hopewood, P. & Milroy, M. (Eds.) Quality Cancer Care: Improving Survival and Survivorship.  New York: Springer Publishing.  
  15. Roberts, K.E., Holland, J., Prigerson, H.G., Sweeney, C., Corner, G., Breitbart, W., & Lichtenthal, W.  (2017).  Development of the Bereavement Risk Inventory and Screening Questionnaire (BRISQ): Item generation and expert panel feedback.  Palliative and Supportive Care, 15(1), 57-66. PMID: 27516152. PMCID: PMC5296244
  16. Lichtenthal, W., Roberts, K.E., Jankauskaite, G., Craig, C., Wiatrek, D., Sharpe, K. & Breitbart, W.  (2017).  Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Breast Cancer Survivors.  In Breitbart, W. (Ed) Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy.  New York: Oxford University Press.  
  17. Lichtenthal, W.G., Sweeney, C., Roberts, K.E., Corner, G., Donovan, L., Prigerson, H., & Wiener, L.  (2015).  Bereavement follow-up after the death of a child as a standard of care in pediatric oncology.  Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 62(S5), S834-S869.  PMID: 26700929 PMCID: PMC4692196
  18. Lichtenthal, W. G., Neimeyer, R. A., Currier, J. M., Roberts, K.E., & Jordan, N. (2013).  Cause of death and the quest for meaning after the loss of a child. Death Studies, 37(4)311-342.  PMID: 24520890; PMCID: PMC3929231.




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