Harvard Medical SchoolCenter for Palliative Care

Our Mission

The Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care (HMS CPC) aims to ease suffering and enhance the quality of care for patients and their families dealing with life-threatening and/or serious illness, through fostering leadership and supporting outstanding educational programs in palliative care. By educating future generations of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, the Center serves as a national and international resource for the best practices in palliative care education and practice.


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Sue E. Morris, PsyDSue E. Morris, PsyD

Director of Bereavement Services, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center


Educational and Professional Experience


B.Sc.(Psychol) Hons. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Professional Officer, University of New South Wales, School of Psychology, Sydney, Australia


M.Psychol. (Clinical) Hons. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Clinical Psychologist, Department of Health (New South Wales), Adult Mental Health Team, St George Hospital, Sydney, Australia


Lecturer City Polytechnic, Department of Humanities, Hong Kong


Clinical Psychologist, St John’s Counseling Center, Hong Kong (volunteer)


Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Sydney, Australia


Bereavement Coordinator, Old Colony Hospice, Boston, USA


Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice (Grief and Loss), Sydney, Australia


Lecturer (Grief and Loss), The Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney, Australia


Director of Bereavement Services, Dana-Farber and Brigham Women’s Cancer Center, Boston


Doctor of Psychology, William James College, Newton, MA, USA


Co-Director of Bereavement, Robert’s Program for Sudden Unexpected Death in Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital

Current Teaching and Research Interests

Sue E. Morris, PsyD began her career as a clinical psychologist in Sydney on a community-based adult mental health team. From day one she was interested in the area of grief and loss and was surprised by how little formal education and training she received at university about working with the bereaved. Ms. Morris has always been interested in being an educator and began to write self-help books in the late 1990s. To date, she has had six books published—four have been co-authored with an Australian colleague and two have been written independently, which are about dealing with grief. Working at Dana-Farber has allowed her to combine her interests—of writing about grief, working with the bereaved and educating health professionals about the nature of grief and how to take care of themselves. Her particular areas of interest include program development, bereavement risk screening, self-care for clinicians and medical education.