About Pauline Boss
 
 
A Leading Therapist:
 
Dr. Boss is known as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of family stress.  For over thirty years, her work has focused on connecting family science and sociology with family therapy and psychology.  Her multidisciplinary perspective has allowed her to work as a scientist-practitioner to develop theory that guides practice.  The importance of her work on ambiguous loss is validated by her election to three different professional organizations: the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Council on Family Relations.
 
Over the course of her research, Dr. Boss has worked with families in New York who lost family members during 9/11 and families in Kosovo who have lost family members as the result of ethnic cleansing and terrorism.  She also has worked with families who have psychologically lost a relative as the result of Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic mental illnesses.
 
In 2002, she received the Ernest Burgess Award from the Research and Theory Section of the National Council on Family Relations for cumulative excellence in research and theory development for strengthening families.
 
Dr. Boss was invited to Kosovo in 2003, by the International Committee on the Red Cross to continue the work she initiated in New York after 9/11. While there she trained therapists and professionals to work effectively with families experiencing the trauma of losing family members and loved ones from terrorism and ethnic cleansing.
 
In 2004, along with Hillary Clinton, Dr. Boss received a Humanitarian Award for her work in New York with families of missing labor union workers missing from 9/11.
 
In 2005, Dr. Boss became Emeritus Professor at the University of Minnesota.  She continues to work as a psychotherapist in private practice.  Dr. Boss is involved in speaking engagements,
expert witness testimony and writing about ambiguous loss.