July 2022 – Preemie Genius

The Grieving Brain – The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss
Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD

In the overwhelmingly scary world of preterm birth, more than 1 million infants die due to complications from premature birth. In The Grieving Brain, author, neuroscientist and psychologist, Mary-Frances O’Connor gives us guidance through how we encode love and grief and how to help us better understand what happens when we grieve and how to navigate loss with more ease and grace.

This is a great resource for our preemie community and offers insight and coping mechanisms for those many parents dealing with the intense painfulness of death. – PreemieWorld

About the Author:

Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab, investigating the effects of grief on the brain and the body. O’Connor earned a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in 2004, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Following a faculty appointment at UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, she returned to the University of Arizona in 2012. Having grown up in Montana, she now lives in sunny Tucson, Arizona.