Emeritus Prof David Kissane is an academic psychiatrist, psycho-oncology researcher and author. His academic interests include group, couples and family psychotherapy trials, communication skills training, studies of existential distress, and the ethics of end-of-life care. Prof Kissane developed a cognitive-existential model of group therapy for women with early stage breast cancer, which ameliorated fear of recurrence, and his trial of supportive-expressive group therapy for advanced breast cancer showed the prevention of depression alongside improved quality of life. He is best known for his model of family therapy delivered to andlsquo;at risk' families during palliative care, which prevents complicated grief and depression in bereavement. Prof Kissane's work on demoralization as a variation of depression in the medically ill has preceded interventions to promote meaning-based coping.
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