Tashel Bordere, PhD

TAPS Advisory Board

Tashel Bordere

Tashel Bordere, PhD

Dr. Bordere is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Extension Specialist in Youth Development at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She currently serves as Board Member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. She has specialized training as a Certified Thanatologist (Death, Dying, and Grief). Dr. Bordere is past Board Member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), chaired the Multicultural Committee, and served as Editor of the ADEC Forum publication. Dr. Bordere's research program assumes a contextual approach focusing on trauma, loss (homicide loss, assaultive violence – sexual assault) suffocated grief and Black youth and family bereavement. She studies cultural practices that promote healing and survival. Dr. Bordere has done numerous workshops, consultations, keynotes, and published works relating to social inequities in loss including her co-edited/co-authored book, Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief (Routledge). She recently completed a Forward Promise Fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focusing on the promotion of healing, growth and thriving among boys and young men of color. Dr. Bordere was awarded the Ronald K. Barrett Award (2018) from the Association of Death Education and Counseling for her research on Black adolescent and young adult grief. She has been featured on NPR-WPSU Take Note –Suffocated Grief, Teens and Grief, Grief Outloud Podcast (Dougy Center), HFA Webcasts - Understanding the Value of Funerals for Children, and Open to Hope Cable Show – Saving At Risk Youth. She developed the S.H.E.D. Loss and Grief Tools Training.


Visit ResearchGate for a list of Dr. Bordere’s publications.