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)
*Melekis, K., Weisse, C.S., D’Alonzo, J., & Cheng, A. (2023). Social model hospice residential care homes: Whom do they really serve? American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Advance online publication. Abstract
* Crampton, E., & Weisse, C. S. (2022). Antidepressant Use During Hospice Patients' Final Months on Routine Home Care. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine 10499091221134028. Advance online publication. Abstract
*Cravo, E., & Weisse, C. S. (2022). Informal caregivers' administration of concentrated liquid morphine to hospice patients receiving home care: Does regimen matter?. The American journal of hospice & palliative care, 10499091221079618. Advance online publication. Abstract
Melekis, K., Weisse, C.S., & Phillips, E. (2021). Engaging future healthcare professionals as caregivers to hospice patients in comfort care homes. OMEGA-Journal of Death and Dying. Abstract
Weisse, C. S., & Melekis, K. (2021). Academic-community partnerships to promote end-of-life care competencies through interprofessional teamwork. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice,24,100437. Abstract
Weisse, C.S., & Melekis, K. (2021). Comfort care homes: Pressures and protocols in end-of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of social work in end-of-life & palliative care, 1–13. Advance online publication. Abstract
*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