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James Wake Memorial Lecture 2022 | Grief and Grieving Through a Multi-Disciplinary Lens
Presented by the Marquette University College of Nursing Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care.

Join us as we hear from Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor on her lecture, “Grief and Grieving Through a Multi-Disciplinary Lens.” O’Connor is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Laboratory, and is the author of the recently published book, The Grieving Brain.

In her presentation, Dr. O’Connor will share how she is using an integrative view of psychology, neuroscience, and immunology to curate findings that are profoundly impacting the multi-disciplinary field of bereavement research and shaping its development. Her talk will culminate in addressing personal and clinical considerations that participants can integrate into their own circumstances and roles.

The event is in memory of James Wake, late husband of former Marquette Provost Dr. Madeline Wake. James Wake's career was devoted to helping others through social work and chaplaincy.

Please direct any event related questions to Pengpeng Wang at pengpeng.wang@marquette.edu or 414-288-3803 and any Zoom/technology related questions to Jennilee Schlinsky at Jennilee.schlinsky@marquette.edu or 414-288-7661.

Nov 9, 2022 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology @University of Arizona
Dr. O’Connor is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Laboratory, which investigates the effects of grief on the brain and the body. O’Connor conducted the first fMRI study of grief in 2003, and her research program centers around the cognitive, affective, neurobiological, immune, and autonomic responses to bereavement. Her work contributed to the inclusion of prolonged grief disorder in the ICD-11 and DSM-5-TR, a disorder characterized by lack of adaptation after the death of a loved one. Her functional neuroimaging studies have included a novel idiographic grief-elicitation task, cognitive tasks, resting state, and the overlap of brain activation with peripheral proinflammatory cytokines. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry, and featured in The Guardian, the New York Times, and The Washington Post. She is the author of The Grieving Brain.