Sydney Friedman

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology
Grief, Loss, And Social Stress (GLASS) Lab
Faculty Advisor: Mary-Frances O'Connor

My name is Sydney Friedman and I am a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program with a neuroscience minor. I am originally from San Antonio, Texas and completed by BS in Psychology at the University of Arizona.

Research Interests:

  • Specifically, how the brain and body adapts to traumatic events such as the death of a loved one
  • Generally, emotional, physiological, and neurological experiences as a reaction to death and loss.


  • Chandler, A. B., Wank, A. A., Vanuk, J. R., O'Connor, M-F., Dreifuss, B. A., Dreifuss, H. M., Ellingson, K. D., Khan, S. M., Friedman, S. E., & Athey, A. (2022). Implementing Psychological First Aid for Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Feasibility Study of the ICARE Model. J Clin Psychol Med Settings
  • Palitsky, R., Wilson, D.T., Friedman, S.E., Ruiz, J.M., Sullivan, D., O’Connor, M-F. (under review) The relationship of prolonged grief disorder symptoms with hemodynamic response to grief recall among bereaved adults. Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Knowles, L. M., Kaplan, D. M., Flores, M., Friedman, S. E., & O’Connor, M.-F. (under review). Mindfulness and progressive muscle relaxation interventions reduce depression, negative affect and stress symptoms in widows and widowers.

Courses Taught: 

  • PSY 381 - Abnormal Psychology (2022)
  • PSY 456 - Death & Loss (2024)

*Year listed indicates when this individual last taught the specified course.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Galileo Circle Scholar (2024)

Updated: 05/07/24




  • B.S. Psychology, University of Arizona
  • M.A.