Carol Hunt Ott, Ph.D., R.N., L.P.C., Nurs ’67, Grad ’74, ’98
Carol Ott has combined successful careers in nursing and education to help take on one of life’s most profound challenges: grief counseling.
As associate professor of nursing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Carol is a licensed professional counselor, certified grief therapist and registered nurse. She specializes in grief and loss research and counseling and developmental issues across the life span. She has worked on an intervention study with spouse caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and with Aurora Health Care to educate nurses about sensitive end-of-life care.
Carol gives much credit to Marquette. “The Jesuit teaching style is filled with a strong moral sense,” which greatly influenced her career path, she says.
Her career took a personal turn 25 years ago when her husband passed away, and she began to better understand the grief of others as she was working through her own. She met Jim Ott, Law ’00, whose spouse also had passed away, and the two married. Carol and Jim facilitate an interdenominational grief support group at Lumen Christi Parish in Mequon, Wis.
Carol has received the Wisconsin Psychological Association’s Margaret Bernauer Research Award, UWM College of Nursing Excellence in Practice Award, Harriet Werley New Investigator Award and Vatican II Service to Families Award.
Today, as Carol interacts with undergraduates and graduate students, she passes on many of the values she learned at Marquette. “I have been able to use my personal and professional experiences … to teach my students to be the best they can be and reach their highest potential,” she says.