Mary-Frances O’Connor is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab, which investigates the effects of grief on the brain and the body.
In The Grieving Brain, her newly released book, O’Connor reveals a fascinating new window into one of the hallmark experiences of being human. Her research focuses on the physiological correlates of emotion, in particular the wide range of physical and emotional responses during bereavement, including yearning and isolation. She makes cutting-edge neuroscience accessible and guides us through how we encode love and grief. She brings together accessible science and practical knowledge that provides a more nuanced understanding of what happens when we grieve and how to navigate loss with more ease and grace.