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Brain Research and Grief – Free

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The brain plays a unique role in shaping our experience of bereavement. This webinar given by Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor, a leading researcher in grief biology, will introduce participants to several kinds of brain data that can inform clinical work: neuroimaging studies of bereavement in general and of complicated grief animal studies of bonding and separation that can help us understand what happens in humans after bereavement knowledge about how the brain learns new information that can inform our understanding of the trajectory of adaptation during bereavement studies of cognitive functioning, particularly relevant for how this affects bereaved older adults. Dr. O’Connor is also a talented clinician and she will conclude the webinar with her observations about the clinical relevance of this neuroscience research.

The brain plays a unique role in shaping our experience of bereavement.This webinar given by Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor, a leading researcher in grief biology, will introduce participants to several kinds of brain data that can inform clinical work:

  • neuroimaging studies of bereavement in general and of complicated grief
  • animal studies of bonding and separation that can help us understand what  happens in humans after bereavement
  • knowledge about how the brain learns new information that can inform our understanding of the trajectory of adaptation during bereavement
  • studies of cognitive functioning, particularly relevant for how this affects bereaved older adults

Dr. O’Connor is also a talented clinician and she will conclude the webinar with her observations about the clinical relevance of this neuroscience research. 

Webinar recorded on July 19, 2019.

About the Presenter

Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Arizona where she is the Director of Clinical Training and heads the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab. Scientific contributions from her research include how the brain processes the death of a loved one and biomarkers of adaptation during grief, primarily in the autonomic and endocrine stress response systems and the immune system. Finally, her work in clinical psychology has helped to validate the diagnosis of Complicated Grief, and points to mechanisms that may maintain this disorder. Dr. O’Connor has a forthcoming popular science book on about grief and the brain.

Course Curriculum
Brain Research and Grief

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We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers, educators, and clinicians committed to improving the lives of grievers by deepening knowledge and understanding of grief, adaptation to loss, and prolonged grief disorder (PGD) through research, training, and community outreach.
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Material Includes

  • Webinar recording (view-only)
Durations: 1 hour
Lectures: 1
Students: Max 0
Level: All Levels
Language: English
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Material Includes

  • Webinar recording (view-only)

Audience

  • Health and mental health professionals
  • Graduate students in an accredited health or mental health program