Anthony Papa

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Anthony Papa

Associate Professor, Director of Psychological Services


Anthony Papa is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Nevada Reno, and he is currently the co-director of University's Psychological Services Center. Papa also is a core faculty member in the interdisciplinary Social Psychology program.

Research Interests

His research focuses on identifying risk and resilience factors that promote adjustment after the experience of adverse life events, especially loss of self-defining aspects of identity. He is especially interested in how different types of events effect emotional expression and regulation, the ability to enact goal directed behavior and the experience of identity continuity in the service of identity maintenance after such events, and subsequent post-event adjustment. In this work, he has been examining the implication for current theories about adjustment to grief and adversity, as well as examining how established treatment techniques might be used to repair post-loss identity disruption in order to promote well-being after the experience of loss.

This has included:

  • Examining the link between avoidance and identity disruption in the etiology of pathological responses to bereavement and other loss.
  • Developing interventions to promote engagement in health promoting behaviors and prosocial responding after bereavement, including the development an Internet-based, indicated prevention program for caretakers of cancer patients, as well as a face-to-face tertiary intervention for grief.
  •  Basic research on the phenomenology of grief across multiple kinds of losses.
  •  Basic research on the effect of emotional expression and regulation on the attributions of other in the social environment.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2006
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2002
  • M.A., Psychology, Catholic University of America, 2000
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Maine, 1989


  • Papa, A., Lancaster, N.G., & Kahler, J. (2014). Commonalities in Grief Responding across Bereavement and Non-Bereavement Losses. Journal of Affective Disorders, 161, 136-143.
  • LaBash, H.A., & Papa, A. (2014). Shame and PTSD symptoms. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6(2),159-166.
  • Papa, A., Sewell, M. T., Garrison-Diehn, C., & Rummel, C. (2013). A randomized open trial assessing the feasibility of behavioral activation for pathological grief responding. Behavior Therapy, 44, 639-650.
  • Papa, A., Rummel, C., Garrison-Diehn, C., & Sewell, M.T. (2013). Behavioral activation for pathological grief. Death Studies, 73, 913-936.
  • Papa, A., & Maitoza, R. (2013). The role of loss in the experience of grief: The case of job loss. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 18(2), 152-169.