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About Kenneth J. Doka

Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. A prolific author, Dr. Doka has written numerous books and has published over 100 articles and book chapters. Dr. Doka is editor of both Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement.

Dr. Doka was elected President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 1993. In 1995, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Work Group on Dying, Death and Bereavement and served as chair from 1997-1999. The Association for Death Education and Counseling presented him with an Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education in 1998. In 2000 Scott and White presented him an award for Outstanding Contributions to Thanatology and Hospice. His Alma Mater Concordia College presented him with their first Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is a recipient of the Caring Hands Award as well as the Dr. Robert Fulton CDEB Founder's Award. In 2006, Dr. Doka was grandfathered in as a Mental Health Counselor under NY State's first licensure of counselors.

Dr. Doka has keynoted conferences throughout North America as well as Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He participates in the annual Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference and has appeared on CNN and Nightline. In addition he has served as a consultant to medical, nursing, funeral service and hospice organizations as well as businesses and educational and social service agencies. Dr. Doka is an ordained Lutheran minister.


Present Full Professor, The College of New Rochelle

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • ADEC Award, Significant Contributions to the Field, 2014
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester, Service to the Field Annual Award, 2013
  • Silver Award, Independent Book Publishers Award. Journeys with Grief: A Collection of Articles about Love, Life, and Loss. 2012
  • Silver Metal, Living Now Book Award, Beyond Kübler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief, 2012
  • Telly Award, Spirituality and End-of-Life Care Program, 2012
  • The Dr. Robert Fulton CDEB Founders Award. The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Center for Death Education and Bioethics, 2011
  • The Healing Hand Award, The Billy Esposito Foundation, 2011
  • Champion on End-of-Life Care, Idaho End of Life Coalition, 2009
  • Honoree of the Year, The Hospice Foundation of Hospice, Inc., Poughkeepsie, NY, 2005
  • Scott and White Award, Outstanding Professional Contributions in the Field of Thanatology and Hospice-Related Studies, 2000
  • ADEC Award, Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Death Education, 1998
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Concordia College, Commencement, May, 2001
  • Faculty Fund Awards 1988, 1994, 2003, 2014
  • BCA Honor Award for Program Excellence (NEH funded project on Adolescents & Oral History) 1982
  • Listed in Outstanding Young Men of America, 1977, Who's Who in the East, 1991, Who's Who in American Education, 1993, Who’s Who in America, 2000, 2001, 2011-2015
  • AAL Fellowship 1974-1977 (3 Awards)

Books (1)

Book Chapters (42)