Dr. E.K. (Ted) Rynearson is a semi-retired clinical psychiatrist from Seattle Washington where he founded the section of psychiatry at the Mason Clinic over 30 years ago. In addition to full-time clinical practice, he has served on the clinical faculty of the University of Washington as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.
For over 20 years, Dr. Rynearson has maintained a particular clinical and research focus on the effects of violent death on family members published in clinical papers, book chapters and two books entitled, Retelling Violent Death and Violent Death: Resilience and Intervention Beyond the Crisis.
Since his retirement from full time practice he has given numerous national and international trainings on the management of the clinical effects of violent death and with grant support has founded a non-profit organization (the Violent Death Bereavement Society) with its own Internet site (vdbs.org) to establish an informative network for service providers, teachers and researchers of violent death. Most recently he has developed a collaborative training program for Israeli and Palestinian clinicians in supporting members of their communities with complicated grief associated with violent death.
Dr. Rynearson lives on Puget Sound where he rows each dawn in his rowing scull (weather and tide permitting) and almost always sees a seal or an eagle.