My current research examines systems of care for chronically and terminally ill residents in the community with a focus on hospice and palliative care in home settings. I am interested in community-based models of care and how caregivers develop the empathy and skills to provide quality care. Recent projects are investigating symptom management at the end of life, with a special focus on the use of medications to treat terminal agitation, delirium, and pain. I have also conducted research on the influence of gender and race on pain reporting and treatment decisions.
Professor Weisse is the director of the Pre-Health Professions Program at Union. She teaches courses in Behavioral Neuroscience, Death and Dying, Health Psychology, and Brain and Behavior.
(Note. *Denotes Union College Student)
*Ropri, F., & Weisse, C.S. (2020). Informal caregivers’ administration of hospice prescribed lorazepam to homecare patients with anxiety. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Abstract
*Akhtar, S., Srinivasan, V., Weisse, C.S., & DiSorbo, P. (2020). Characterizing the financial value of in-home palliative care for patients, payers, and hospitals. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 37, 196-200. Abstract
Weisse, C. S., Melekis, K., & Hutchins, B. (2019). Providing End-of-Life Care: Increased Empathy and Self-efficacy Among Student Caregivers in Residential Homes for the Dying. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 36(6), 538–545. Abstract