TAPS to Present Landmark Study at APA’s 125th Annual Convention

Zaneta Gileno, Dr. Paul Bartone to Discuss 8 Best Practices in Peer Support


ARLINGTON, Va. –The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will present the findings of the organization’s recent study, Peer Support for Survivors of Traumatic Death: A Systemic Review, during the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 125th Annual Convention in Washington on Thursday.  

Zaneta Gileno, TAPS Director of Community Based Care, and Researcher Dr. Paul Bartone will present the study to Division 56, Trauma Psychology, on Aug. 3 from 10 to 10:50 a.m. on Level Two of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Halls D and E.

“TAPS is honored to have undertaken this monumental research on peer support and to continue to contribute to the identification of essential components and best practices,” said Gileno. “This systematic review, which looked at the leading organizations in the field of peer support, identified eight essential ingredients to the success of peer programming.  The TAPS comprehensive model of care robustly provides all eight best practices as evidenced by the research.” 

In addition, Gileno will host a conversation hour with TAPS on Thursday from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Divison 19 Hospitality Suite, located in room 312 of the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel. If you would like to access a full copy of the systematic research as well as qualitative research report, Peer Support for Bereaved Survivors, Systematic Review of Evidence and Identification of Best Practices, please click here.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 70,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).


Email christine.fuentes@taps.org or call 540.905.8448 to arrange an interview with Zaneta Gileno or Paul Bartone.