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Biographical Sketch
Name Position
Edward K. Rynearson, M.D.
Medical Director
. . Violent Death Bereavement Society
. . Homicide Support Project
Education and Training
Institution Degree Year Field of Study
Harvard University BA 1961
Western Reserve University MD 1965 Medicine
Virginia Mason Clinic Internship 1966 Medicine
Mayo Clinic Residency 1971 Psychiatry
. . . .


Research and Professional Experience
1972 Founder, Section of Psychiatry, Virginia Mason Medical Center
1980-Present Examiner, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
1980-Present Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington
1984 Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
1984 Fellow, Royal Australia-New Zealand College of Psychiatry
1988 Fellow, The American College of Psychiatry


Selected Publications (grief related)
1. Rynearson EK: Suicide internalized: An existential sequestrum. Am J Psych
1981; 183 (1).
2. Rynearson EK, McCreery, J: Bereavement after homicide: A descriptive study. Am J Psych
November 1984; 141(11): pp.1452-1454.
3. Rynearson EK: A violent death in the family. Harvard Medical School Mental Health Letter
1985; 11(May):7. Abstracted.
4. Rynearson EK, Melson SJ: Short-term group psychotherapy. A successful approach to
functional complaints. Postgrad Med, November 1984; 76(7):141-150.
5. Rynearson EK: The owner/pet: Pathologic attachment, in: Kay WJ, Nieburg HA, Kutscher
AH, Grey RN, Fudin CE (eds): Pet Loss and Human Bereavement, Chapter 18, November 1984, pp. 143-148.
6. Rynearson EK: People's relationships with pets. Physician & Patient, May 1984:11:7.
7. Rynearson EK: Psychological effects of unnatural dying on bereavement. Psychiatric
Annals, May 1986; 16(5):272-275.
8. Melson SJ, Rynearson EK: Short-term psychotherapy. Intensive group therapy for functional
illness. Psychiatric Annals, December 1986; 16(12):667-692.
9. Rynearson EK: Compulsive Caregivers: Reaction to Separation. Virginia Mason Clinic
Bulletin 41:123-128; 1987.
10. Rynearson EK: Bereavement after unnatural dying, in Zisook S (Ed): Advances in
Bereavement. American Psychiatric Press, 1987, pp. 77-93.
11. Rynearson EK: The psychotherapy of pathologic grief: Revisions and limitations. Psychiatric
Clin North Am September 1987; 10(3):487-499.
12. Rynearson EK: Homicide of a child, in: Ochberg FM (Ed): Post-Traumatic Therapy and
Victims of Violence. Brunner/Mazel Psychosocial Stress Series No. 11, 1988, pp. 213-224.
13. Rynearson EK: Pathologic grief. Psychiatric Update. The American College of
Psychiatrists, Vol. 10, 1990, pp.1-9.
14. Rynearson EK: Pathologic grief: The queen's croquet ground. Psychiatric Annals, June
1990: 20(6):295-303.
15. Rynearson EK: Pathologic grief: Does it exist and does it need treatment? Directions in
Psychiatry, June 1990; 10(13).
16. Rynearson EK, McCreery JM: Bereavement after homicide: A synergism of trauma and loss.
Am J Psych, February 1993; 150(2):258-261.
17. Rynearson EK, Purrington J, Sinnema C, Olson D: Support project for bereavement after
homicide. Bulletin Virginia Mason Clinic, Spring 1994; 48:33-41.
18. Rynearson EK: Psychotherapy of bereavement after homicide. Journal of Psychotherapy
Practice and Research, Fall 1994; 341-347.
19. Rynearson EK: Bereavement after homicide. A comparison of treatment seekers and
refusers. British Journal of Psychiatry April 1995; 166:507-510.
20. Rynearson EK: Bereavement. Book chapter, Primary Care of Women, First Edition.
Shelley Reinhardt (Ed), Appleton-Lange, Norwal, CT, 1995, pp. 108-111.
21. Rynearson EK: Psychotherapy of Bereavement after Homicide: Be Offensive. In Session:
Psychotherapy in Practice 1996;2:47-57.
22. Rynearson EK, Geoffrey R: Bereavement after homicide: Its assessment and treatment. Book
chapter 7, Traumatology of Grieving, Charles R. Figley (Ed), Brunner/Mazel, Philadelphia, PA, 1999, pp. 109-130.
23. Rynearson EK, Sinnema CS: Supportive group therapy for bereavement after homicide. In:
Group Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Blake D, Young BH, (Eds), 1999, pp. 137-147.
24. Rynearson EK, Favell J: Bereavement after violent dying. Primary Psychiatry 2002: 6:
47-51.
25. Rynearson EK, Favell J, Belluomini V, Gold R, Prigerson H: Bereavement Intervention with
Incarcerated Youths. In: Am. Acad. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Aug 2002: 41(8): 893-4.
26. Rynearson EK,Favell JL, Saindon C: Group Intervention for Bereavement after
Violent Death. Psychiatric Services 2002; 53(10): 1340
27. Rynearson EK: The Narrative Labyrinth of Violent Dying. Death Studies 2005: 29: 351-360
28. Rynearson EK, Johnson T, Correa F: The Horror and Helplessness of Violent Death.
In: When Professionals Weep. Katz R, Johnson T, (Eds), Routledge, 2006,
pp 139-155
29. Rynearson EK, Favell J, Belluomini V, Gold R, Prigerson H: Restorative Retelling with
Incarcerated Juveniles. In: Violent Dying: Resilience and Intervention beyond the Crisis. Taylor and Francis, New York, NY, 2006, pp 275-291.
30. Rynearson EK, Correa F, Favell J, Saindon C, Prigerson H: Restorative Retelling after
Violent Dying. In: Violent Dying: Resilience and Intervention beyond the Crisis.
Taylor and Francis, New York, NY, 2006, pp195-216.
31. Salloum A, Rynearson EK: Family Resilience after Violent Death
In: Violent Dying: Resilience and Intervention beyond the Crisis.
Taylor and Francis, New York, NY, 2006, pp47-63.
32. Gibson, L.E., Ruzek, J.I., Naturale, A.J., Watson, P.J., Bryant, R.A., Rynearson, T.
Interventions for individuals after mass violence and disaster: Recommendations from the roundtable on screening and assessment, outreach, and intervention for mental health and substance abuse needs following disasters and mass violence. Journal of Trauma Practice 2007: 5 (4): pp 1-28.
33. Rynearson, E.K., Care in the Context of Fear, Reflective Practice, 2008: 28: 151-3.
34. Rynearson, EK, The Picnic, Am. J. Psychiatry, 2009: 166: 855-6.
35. Rynearson, EK, The Clergy, the Clinician, and the Narrative of Violent Death,
Pastoral Psychology, 2010: 59: 171-190.
36. Rynearson, EK, Salloum, A.: Restorative Retelling: Revising the Narrative of Violent
Death. In: Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society Bridging Research and Practice. Routledge, New York, 2011, pp 177-188.
37. Rynearson, EK, Stroebe, M., Schut, H.: Complicated Grief after Violent Death:
Identification and Intervention, In: Complicated Grief: Scientific Foundations for Health Care Professionals. Routledge, New York, NY, 2012, pp 278-92.
38. Rynearson, EK: Invoking an Alliance with the Deceased after Violent Death, In:
Techniques of Grief Therapy, editor: Robert Neimeyer, Routledge, New York NY, 2012 pp 91-4.
39. Rynearson, EK, The Narrative Dynamics of Grief after Homicide, Omega, 2012: 65, #3,
pp. 239-249.
40. Saindon, C., Rheingold, A., Baddeley, J., Wallace, M., Brown, C. & Rynearson, E.K.
(2014). Restorative retelling for violent loss: An open clinical trial. Death Studies, 38, 252-258. DOI:10.1080/07481187.2013.78654
41. Death Studies, 2015 Feb;39(2):84-91. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2014.893274. Epub 2014
Oct 8.Death thoughts and images in treatment-seekers after violent loss.
42. Rheingold, A. A., Baddeley, J., Williams, J. L., Brown, C., Wallace, W. M., Correa, F., &
Rynearson, E.K. (2015). Resorative Retelling for violent death: An investigation of treatment effectiveness, influencing factors, and durability. Journal of Loss and Trauma. Advance online publication. doi:0.1080/15325024.2014.957602


Books
Rynearson EK: Violent Death: Resilience and Intervention beyond the Crisis. Edited by
Edward K. Rynearson, Brunner/Routledge, October, 2006.
Rynearson EK: Retelling Violent Death. Brunner/Routledge, New York, NY, August 2001.


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