Greta Jankauskaite is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Karen O’Brien. Greta holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University and M.A. in Psychology in Education (Clinical Psychology) from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has previously worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she conducted a number of NIH-funded research projects. Specifically, she worked on testing the efficacy of Meaning-Centered Group Therapy adapted for breast cancer survivors and Meaning-Centered Grief Therapy for bereaved parents who lost a child to cancer. In addition, she worked on designing a bereavement risk screener for individuals who have family members with advanced cancer, and a study that assessed clinicians' attitudes on diagnosing prolonged grief disorder.

At UMD, her current research work includes projects that assess grief counseling skills among university counseling center therapists and potential interventions to improve knowledge and skills in grief counseling among psychologists. She is also working on examining the effects of end-of-life caregiving on women and end-of-life communication and training among health care professionals. 

Greta's broad research interests include bereavement, grief counseling training for mental health professionals, and end-of-life communication training and support for medical providers. She also has special interest in young adults who experience loss, and the intersection of spirituality and mental health. 


  • M.S.
    Counseling Psychology, 2019 - University of Maryland
  • M.A.
    Psychology in Education (Clinical Psychology), 2016 - Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.A.
    Psychology, 2012 - Rutgers University


  • Death, dying and grieving
  • End-of-life issues
  • Spirituality and mental health
  • Grief counseling education
Greta Jankauskaite
gjankaus [at]