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Sherylyn Briller

Contact Information
Email: sbriller@purdue.edu
Office: STON 311 Map
Phone: 765-494-4683
Fax: 765-496-7411
Homepage: Homepage
Professor of Anthropology

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B.A. Carleton College Sociology & Anthropology 1989
M.A. Case Western Reserve University Anthropology 1992
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University Anthropology 2000

Research Interests

Anthropology of Aging, Cross-cultural Gerontology, Applied Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Life Course Studies, Disability, End-of-Life Issues

Teaching Interests

Applied and Practicing Anthropology, Culture, Health and Illness Over the Life Course, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Community Engagement & Service Learning


Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Childrenís Research Center of Michigan
Michigan Department of Community Health
Wayne State University

Selected Publications

Briody, E. K., & Briller, S. H. (2015). Pursuing a Desired Future Continuity and Change in a Long-Term-Care Community. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 0733464815608496.

Barney, K., & Perkinson, M. (2015). Occupational Therapy with Aging Adults: Promoting Quality of Life Through Collaborative Practice. Elsevier Health Sciences.

Briller, S.H. and Sankar, A. (2013) Engaging Opportunities In Urban Revitalization: Practicing Detroit Anthropology. Annals in Anthropological Practice. 37(1): 156-178 [Refereed]

Briller, S.H., Schim, S.M, Thurston, C.S. & Meert, K.L. (2012) Conceptual and design issues in instrument development for research with bereaved parents. Omega: The Journal of Death& Dying. 65(2):151-168. [Refereed]

Briller, S. and Goldmacher, A. (2009) Designing An Anthropological Career: Professional Development Exercises. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press. 156 pgs.

Meert, K.L., Briller, S.H., Schim, S.M., Thurston, C.S. & Kabel, A. (2009) Examining the Needs of Bereaved Parents in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): A Qualitative Study. Death Studies. 33(8): 712-740 [Refereed]

Briller, S.H. and Kabel, A. (2008) The Making of Ritual Specialists: What Cultural Anthropologists Can Contribute to the Education of Funeral Service Professionals. Practicing Anthropology. 30 (1): 45-49 [Refereed]

Gelfand, D. E., Raspa, R., Briller, S.H. and Schim, S.M., eds. (2005) End-of-Life Stories: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries. New York: Springer. 217 pgs.

Doorenbos, A., Briller, S. and Chapleski, E. (2003) Weaving Cultural Context into an Interdisciplinary End of Life Curriculum. Educational Gerontology. 29 (5): 405-416 [Refereed]

Briller, S. Proffitt, M., Perez, K. and Calkins,.M.P. (2001) Understanding the Environment Through Aging Senses, Vol. 2. In M. P. Calkins, Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings (series). Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press. 88 pgs.

Briller, S., Proffitt, M., Perez, K. and Calkins, M.P.(2001) Maximizing Cognitive and Functional Abilities, Vol. 3. In M. P. Calkins, Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings (series). Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press. 224 pgs.

Marsden, J.P, Briller, S., Calkins, M.P. and Proffitt, M. (2001) Enhancing Self and Sense of Home, Vol. 4. In M. P. Calkins, Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings (series). Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press. 208 pgs.

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