Courtney S. Sasse
Dr. Courtney Sasse completed her undergraduate work at Purdue University, West Lafayette, in Indiana. She earned a BA in Education, specializing in Exceptional Student Education for people with moderate and severe intellectual disabilities. Her desire to support opportunities for life-long learning for others, and particularly for marginalized special populations, led her to earn a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Troy University in 2003. While education was one path to an increased quality of life for the people she served, Dr. Sasse realized quickly how poverty, health inequity, and other social determinants of health, such as exposure to violence and trauma could negatively impact overall well-being. This led to her desire to earn a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Alabama in 2011. In 2015, she earned a Master of Arts in Somatic Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.
In 2018, Dr. Sasse earned her PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and published her dissertation, Alive for Death: Exploration of the Death Doula with a research emphasis on alternative and integrative healing practices, hospice, and palliative care practices. Courtney’s area of expertise is behavioral mental health, geriatric practice, and qualitative research. She holds certification as a Certified Death Vigil Doula (CDVD) through the International End of Life Doula Association, and she is also a certified Daring Way ™ Facilitator. She has written, received, and facilitated grants through the Florida Department of Corrections, the Department of Education, and a variety of public and private foundations, including The Florida Governor’s Family Literacy Initiative and The Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation. Dr. Sasse and her husband, Jason, have four children, and three German Shepherds. When she isn’t teaching, you might find Dr. Sasse reading, painting, or writing poetry in between watching baseball games and volleyball matches with her children.