Core Research Faculty


Bob Gramling, M.D., D.Sc. is a tenured Professor of Family Medicine and the Holly & Bob Miller Chair in Palliative Medicine. I am a family physician, palliative care physician and epidemiologist with research expertise related to the study of conversations. I lead the Vermont Conversation Lab ( of multi-disciplinary scientists dedicated to understanding and promoting human connection. I have authored more than 100 publications and received extramural research funding from the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Greenwall Bioethics Foundation. I enjoy advising, mentoring, coaching and collaborating with research colleagues at all levels of training. I graduated from Colby College (Liberal Arts), Dartmouth Medical School (Doctorate of Medicine) and Boston University School of Public Health (Doctorate of Science in Epidemiology).

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Director of Research

Bob Gramling, M.D., D.Sc.
Email: Robert.Gramling(at) 
Phone: (802) 656 4330


Dr. Maija Reblin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

Trained as a social and health psychologist, her research focuses on understanding the social context of family caregivers of those with serious illness and using this knowledge to develop strengths-based interventions. Specific areas of focus include relationship quality, social support, and interpersonal communication. Dr. Reblin has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has completed and ongoing funding as PI and co-I from the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Nursing Research.

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