Abigail J. Rolbiecki, PhD, MPH, MSW


Although family caregiving has been extensively studied over the last decade, little attention has been given to the bereavement experiences of family caregivers. If family caregivers are distressed and have poor social support during active caregiving, they are at greater risk for developing prolonged or complicated grief, post-loss. Caregivers who can make meaning of their caregiving and bereavement experiences are said to fare better than those who cannot.

ABIGAIL ROLBIECKI wants to help family members make meaning of their caregiving and bereavement experiences. Those who are able to build a network of social support during the caregiving process are more likely to function better after their loved one dies. Her background in narrative therapy and storytelling informs most of her work. She is using various storytelling intervention approaches (e.g., digital storytelling, photo-elicitation) to engage caregivers in a meaning-making process. Ultimately she hopes to reduce their distress during caregiving, which can reduce their grief intensity.

Narrative Medicine and Health Innovation Lab

Academic Information

Assistant Professor


One Hospital Drive
MA306 Medical Sciences Building, DC032.00
Columbia , MO 65212
United States

P. 573-884-3268

Research Interests

  • Narrative, Therapeutic Interventions
  • Digital Storytelling and Photovoice
  • End-of-Life and Palliative Care
  • Trauma and Adverse Life Experiences

Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

PhD: Social Work, University of Missouri
MPH: University of Missouri
MSW: University of Missouri

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