Stephen J Fleming


Locations / Contact Info:

211 Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 33229
Fax: 905 990 1813

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


BA - 1969
York University

PhD - 1974
York University

MA - 1970
York University


Dr. Fleming is a professor in  the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, at York University in Toronto. The author of numerous book chapters, articles, and presentations on the grief experience of children, adolescence, and adults, he has lectured in Canada, the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe.  In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the Psychology of Death, Dr. Fleming has qualified as an expert witness in litigation involving trauma, and he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Palliative Care and Death Studies.  

Selected Publications

Buckle, J., & Fleming, S.J. (2011). Parenting after the death of a child: A practitioner’s guide. New York: Routledge.

Buckle, J.L., & Fleming, S.J. (2011). Parenting challenges after the death of a child. In R.A. Neimeyer, D.L. Harris, H.R. Winokuer, & G.F. Thornton G.F. (Eds.), Grief and bereavement in contemporary society (pp. 93-105). New York: Routledge.

Fleming, S.J. (2011). Complicated grief and trauma, what to treat first? In R. Neimeyer (Ed.). Techniques of grief therapy. New York: Routledge. 

Nissim, R., Rennie, D., Fleming, S., Hales, S., Gagliese, L., & Rodin, G. (2012). Goals set in the land of the living/dying: A longitudinal study of patients living with advanced cancer. Death Studies, 36, 1-31.

Tolstikova, K., Fleming, S., & Chartier, B. (2005). Grief, complicated grief, and trauma: The role of the search for meaning, impaired self-reference, and death anxiety. Illness, Crisis, and Loss, 13(4), 293-313.






International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement


Clinical Practice Award - 1998
Association for Death Education & Counseling

Outstanding contributions to mental health in Ont. schools - 1999
Dr. B. A. Wickett Foundation

Life Member - 1998
Association for Death Education & Counseling

Outstanding Volunteer Award - Bereaved Families of Ontario - 1993
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Toronto

MADD Citizen of Distinction - 2005
Mothers Against Drunk Driving


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

My research interest include adjustment to loss, particularly the grief of parents following the death of a child; the relationship between grief and trauma; meaning reconstruction when someone we love dies; distinguishing grief and major depressive disorder, and the role of counterfactual thinking in relieving suffering, preparing for the future, and enhancing the illusion of control in the aftermath of traumatic death.


Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Stephen J Fleming