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Prolonged Grief Disorder From the Lens of Mind and Brain

Department of Psychiatry
Presenter Details
Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD
Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
University of Arizona

Dr. O’Connor is an associate professor at the University of Arizona and directs the Department of Psychology's Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) laboratory. Her work primarily focuses on bereavement and the wide-ranging responses to it. In particular, she investigates the neurobiological, immune and autonomic aspects that vary between individual grief responses via functional neuroimaging, immune and endocrine analysis and clinical interviews. 

Her research has been published in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, from the American Journal of Psychiatry to the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Dr. O’Connor’s work has been discussed in the New York Times, the Washington Post and Scientific American. She is the author of The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss (HarperOne).

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize symptoms of prolonged grief disorder, and distinguish it from depression, acute grief and resilience
  • Compare the neurobiology of separation in pair-bonded voles to the neurobiology of grief in humans
  • Explain how grieving is a form of learning, and why pandemic circumstances and cognitive aspects of aging might affect its trajectory
CME Credit/Disclaimer

All faculty, CME Planning Committee members, and the CME office reviewer have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity. 

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - 12:00pm
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Jamie Manser
College of Medicine – Tucson
Department of Psychiatry
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