Dr. Stephen Fleming, PhD, C. Psych.
Dr. Fleming, an emeritus professor and senior scholar in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, at York University in Toronto, has over 40 years' experience as a researcher, educator, and psychotherapist. The author of numerous books, book chapters, articles, and presentations on the grief experience of children, adolescence, and adults, he has lectured in Canada, the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the Psychology of Death, Dr. Fleming has qualified as an expert witness in litigation involving trauma, and he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Palliative Care and Death Studies.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours including the Noah Thorek Award for outstanding volunteer contribution to the Bereaved Families of Ontario; the Clinical Practice Award for outstanding contribution to clinical thanatology from the Association for Death Education and Counselling; the Dr. Beatrice Wickett Award for outstanding contribution to mental health education in Ontario; and the "Citizen of Distinction" award from MADD Canada. In 2023, Dr. Fleming received the prestigious Herman Feifel Award from the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement for his outstanding contribution to Thanatology. He also co-authored a book with Jennifer Buckle entitled, "Parenting after the death of a child: A practitioner's guide" that was published by Routledge.
At FVB Psychologists, Dr. Fleming conducts assessments in both criminal and civil cases and, in individual and couples therapy, he works with adults who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, impulse and control disorders, self-injurious behaviour, relationship problems, coping with illness and disability, posttraumatic stress disorder, and the death of a loved one. Dr. Fleming is also a consulting psychologist to numerous police services and major Canadian commercial airlines.
Parenting After the Death of a Child
Dr Stephen Fleming discusses parenting after the death of a child. Parents live the duality of devastation and regeneration as they struggle to parent their surviving children.
Parenting After the Death of a Child: A Practitioner’s Guide
Dr. Fleming's book (co-authored with Dr. J. Buckle) entitled "Parenting after the death of a child: A practitioner’s guide" is available from the publisher (Routledge) and on-line.
Articles by Dr. Stephen Fleming
The Changing Face of Grief:
During the past few years, there has been a substantive shift in how grief has been portrayed by psychologists. A useful place to begin this discussion…
Death in the Workplace:
With the ageing of our population and the increased numbers of workers over 50 (many of whom are struggling to support elderly, dying parents), issues…
What Makes an Event Traumatic?
Although the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (4th ed.) (DSM-IV) defines posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as exposure to a traumatic event during…