Virtual-reality support group a new way to deal with grief

By Mary-Frances O’Connor, Lindsey Knowles and Eva-Maria Stelzer Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Over 8 million Americans experience the death of a loved one each year. Nearly half of American women older than 65 are widowed, in addition to one in six American men of the same age.

The Grief, Loss, And Social Stress (GLASS) Laboratory at the University of Arizona is dedicated to examining psychological and physiological aspects of grief and other forms of profound life stress.

Published Date: 
01/21/2018 (All day)

Future Accreditation Plans

January 2017 

University of Arizona Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology 

A Note on Future Accreditation Plans 

“... the overarching goals of the accreditation of clinical psychology graduate programs should be to ensure that programs produce psychologists who (a) have the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce the burden of mental illness and improve public health and (b) act in ethical and compassionate ways that help and do not harm vulnerable and diverse populations” (Levenson, 2017, pg. 4). 

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UA Researchers Look at Mental Impairment After Heart Surgery

Doctors are beginning to understand a connection between heart surgery and mental impairment some patients experience upon leaving the operating room.

During recovery, some heart bypass patients say they're unable to concentrate on tasks, others report a rash of poor decision-making and some complain of general mental fatigue.

Two University of Arizona researchers are looking at the issue from two directions: coronary medicine and neurology.

Published Date: 
10/12/2017 - 16:24

UA psychologist gives advice on coping with tragedy

UA psychologist Mary-Frances O'Connor appeared on Good Morning Tucson to talk about how to cope with tragedy. Speaking with anchors Pat Parris and Samantha Cortese, O'Connor stressed that it's normal to be unable to sleep or think about much else in the wake of traumatic events. She said people tend to be resilient and that it's important to do something that feels meaningful, whether it be discussing the event with others or giving blood.

Watch the video on KGUN 9

Published Date: 
10/05/2017 - 07:29

In Memorandum: William H. Ittelson

University of Arizona Emeritus faculty member Bill Ittelson passed away after a long and influential career that spanned many of the traditional boundaries within Psychology.  Regarded by many as the founder of the field of Environmental Psychology, much of his work focused on how our environment influences cognition and behavior.  The scope of his work was broad and interdisciplinary, ranging from topics in visual perception (such as why mirrors reverse images along t

Published Date: 
09/20/2017 - 07:09

May 4, 1920 – September 20, 2017

Here's why we're all so obsessed with the end of the world, according to Psychology

Congratulations, we’ve survived yet another failed doomsday prediction. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before we brace for another. It seems that humanity is truly fascinated by End-of-the-World predictions. A closer look inside our own minds may help to explain why this is.

Published Date: 
09/26/2017 - 09:48

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