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Kristen Coppola, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Kent State University

M.A., Kent State University

B.A., Kutztown University

Office: Howard Hall, Room 124

Phone: 732-571-3447


Regularly Taught Courses:

PY103: Introduction to Psychology

PY: 205: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

PY320: Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory

PY398: Death and Dying

Research Interests:

Dr. Coppola’s research focuses on medical decision making at the end of life and end of life issues.  In addition, she is interested in examining the adoption of special needs children, specifically, the factors that are related to disruption of adoptions.

Selected Works:

Scholarly Articles:

Ditto, P. H., Smucker, W. D., Danks, J. H., Jacobson, J. A., Houts, R. M., Fagerlin, A., Coppola, K. M., & Gready, R. M. (2003). The stability of older adults’ preferences for life-sustaining medical treatment. Health Psychology, 22, 605-615.

Coppola, K. M., & Strohmetz, D. B. (2002). How is death and dying addressed in introductory psychology textbooks? Death Studies, 26, 689-699.

Coppola, K. M., & Trotman, F. K. (2002). Dying and death: Decisions at the end of life.  In F. K. Trotman and C. M. Brody (Eds.), Psychotherapy and counseling with older women: Cross-cultural, family, and end-of-life issues. New York: Springer.

Bookwala, J., Coppola, K. M., Fagerlin, A., Ditto, P. H., Danks, J. H., & Smucker, W. D. (2001). Gender differences in preferences for life-sustaining medical treatments among community- dwelling older adults.  Death Studies, 25, 127-149.

Coppola, K. M., Ditto, P. H., Danks, J. H., & Smucker, W. D. (2001). Accuracy of primary physicians' and hospital-based physicians' predictions of elderly outpatients' treatment preferences with and without advance directives. Archives of Internal Medicine, 161, 431-440

Ditto, P. H., Danks, J. H., Smucker, W. D., Bookwala, J., Coppola, K. M. et al.(2001). Advance directives as acts of communication: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Internal Medicine, 161, 421-430.

Lockhart, L. K., Bookwala, J., Fagerlin, A., Coppola, K. M., Ditto, P. H., Danks, J. H., & Smucker, W. D. (2001).  Older adults’ attitudes toward death: Links to perceptions of health and concerns about end-of-life issues.  Omega, 43, 331-347

Lockhart, L. K., Ditto, P. H., Danks, J. H., Coppola, K. M., & Smucker, W. D. (2001).  The stability of older adults’ judgments of fates better and worse than death.  Death Studies, 25, 299-317.

Miller, S., Mor, V., Gage, B., & Coppola, K. (2001): Hospice and its role in improving end of life care. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. New York: Springer.

Gready, R. M., Ditto, P. H., Danks, J. H., Coppola, K. M., Lockart, L. K., & Smucker, W. D. (2000). Actual and perceived stability of preferences for life-sustaining treatment. Journal of Clinical Ethics, 11, 334-346.

Additional Information:

Dr. Coppola cares deeply about the most vulnerable people in the world.  To that end, she has adopted 2 children who have Down Syndrome, works with her husband to help others adopt special needs children, and travels to orphanages to help bring awareness to neglected children.  She is hospice volunteer and in her spare time she trains to run half marathons.