Christi M. Lero, MSW, LCSW

MSW, University of Missouri, Columbia

Doctoral Student, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis


Areas of Focus:

  • Neuropalliative Care
  • Caregiving
  • Hospice and End-of-Life Care
  • Death, Dying, Bereavement, Grief & Loss
  • Biomedical Ethics

Christi is a doctoral student in Social Work at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently an NIH T32 Predoctoral Fellow through the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and a Pre-dissertation Fellow through the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW).

After graduating with a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri in 2016, Christi worked as a Hospice & Palliative Care Social Worker where she completed clinical supervision and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She serves as a psychotherapist specializing in support for caregivers of those with terminal and life-limiting illness, grief, loss and traumatic bereavement.

Additionally, Christi worked as a research assistant for the University of Missouri and is published in academic and medical journals on topics of death and dying, dementia care and caregiving and ethics. She participates in guest panel lectures and individual lectures on the state of end-of-life and after death care, non-pharmaceutical comfort measures, hospice, and palliative care. She continues to serve as a presenter at state, regional and national conferences. Most recently, Christi co-authored the chapter on Palliative Social Work in Rural Communities in The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work, second edition.

Christi’s research interests include promoting psychosocial well-being of caregivers of people living with neurodegenerative diseases at the end-of-life. She is particularly interested in expanding caregiver research in the neuropalliative space. 

“When things fall apart, the broken pieces allow all sorts of things to enter…”

Shauna Niequest