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Amy Zlimen Ticho


Professor Amy Zlimen Ticho has served UW-Stevens Point since 2001, as an exceptional educator, department colleague, and community collaborator. Drawing upon her professional practice as a hospice social worker, Zlimen Ticho has developed and taught a wide range of courses in the social work curriculum. Her book, Losing a Parent to Suicide: Using Lived Experiences to Inform Bereavement Counseling, has been recognized by world-renowned researchers and authors. She has presented her research on various topics pertaining to death, dying, and hospice care at numerous workshops and conferences for statewide and national health care professionals. Zlimen Ticho serves as chair of the UWSP Department of Sociology and Social Work and the director of the UWSP Social Work Program. She was instrumental in the development of the Social Work Program at UWSP and has worked to expand it to the Wausau campus in recent years.   


  • Katz Letters and Science Distinguished Faculty Award (2022)
  • UWSP, University Scholar Award (2014)
  • UWSP, University Excellence in Teaching (2005)


Loy, M. and Boelk, A. Z. Losing a parent to suicide: Using lived experiences to inform bereavement counseling. New York: Routledge. 2014.

Boelk, A. Z. & Kramer, B. J. (2012). “Advancing theory of family conflict at the end-of-life: Implications for hospice service providers.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 44(5), 655-670.

Be sure to take care of yourself first so that you are in a good place to help others.

-Amy Zlimen Ticho


Get out and volunteer in the community to gain hands-on exposure and experience.

Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Work
Director of Social Work Program

SCI B337


Ph.D. - Social Work
University of Texas-Austin

M.S.S.W. - Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.S.W. - Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


Introduction to Social Work and the Social Services Field
Death, Dying, Loss, and Grief