Dr. Sally Downham Miller

Sally Downham Miller has been an educator for over 25 years, serving as teacher and administrator in the public schools as well as a university professor. Sally Downham Miller worked for the Massachusetts and New Jersey Departments of Education as a specialist in staff development, teacher training, special education, and systems management. She was a faculty member at Regent University in Virginia and at Cleveland State University. She also taught at the City University of New York, while serving as an elementary school principal in New Jersey.

In 1967, as a young widow and mother of two preschool children, Sally Downham Miller returned to college and received her education degree from Purdue University. Her first teaching job was in North Conway, New Hampshire. While on the east coast, Sally pursued graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts and quickly moved into administration. After serving as a Director of Special Education, Sally’s goal–to teach in higher education–led her back to Purdue where she received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration in 1982. Next, she worked in New Jersey’s Department of Education in supervisory training and helped prepare the teacher training project for the state mandated curriculum on the Holocaust. Her work as a school principal followed.

Presently, Dr. Sally Downham Miller devotes most of her time to work in the area of grief, loss and dealing with change. Her teaching, workshops, and consulting endeavors are popular with health care and education organizations, hospice programs, and corporate conferences. She is the author of Mourning and Dancing (HCI, 1999) and Mourning and Dancing for Schools (HCI, August 2000).

Dr. Miller has appeared on NBC News, Court TV, the Montel Williams Show and the Sally Jesse Raphael Show, as well as numerous radio programs. Currently, she is directing a not for profit agency in Lafayette, Indiana that provides grief recovery programs for adults and children. She also leads retreats and speaks in the area of spiritual growth and faith in our daily lives. Sally lives in Indiana and New York City with her husband, pop culture analyst Dr. Will Miller. They have two grown children and three grandsons.