BETH ECKERD, PhD, JD, is an experienced educator, Licensed Psychologist, and Certified Thanatologist who taught undergraduate and graduate level psychology and counseling courses for over a decade. After earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Eckerd was a full–time faculty member at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, and a tenured Associate Professor at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. After retiring from her faculty responsibilities, Dr. Eckerd launched her own private counseling practice in Medford, OR. Dr. Eckerd's teaching, research, and clinical focus has been on grief, diagnosis, personality and psychopathology, death education, and counseling. She recently co–authored a chapter in Abnormal Psychology Through the Ages entitled "When is Grief 'Abnormal'? The Changing Approach to Grief in the DSM®," as well as articles in Death Studies and other peer–reviewed journals. Dr. Eckerd is an ad–hoc reviewer for Death Studies, the premier thanatology journal.
Dr. Eckerd has presented frequently to professional groups on DSM—5®'s overall changes and, more specifically, on DSM® diagnosis of grief–related symptomatology. In addition, she is a regular and well–received presenter for Cross Country Education. Her style includes equal parts of knowledge, organization, and humor, which combine to establish an enjoyable environment for audience engagement and learning.
Financial-Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education.
Nonfinancial-No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.