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Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab

George Bonanno, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
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    Current Lab Members

    • George A. Bonanno

      George A. Bonanno, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1991. His research and scholarly interests have centered on the question of how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity, with an emphasis on resilience and the salutary role of flexible coping and emotion regulatory processes. Professor Bonanno’s recent empirical and theoretical work has focused on defining and documenting adult resilience in the face of loss or potential traumatic events, and on identifying the range of psychological and contextual variables that predict both psychopathological and resilient outcomes. He was co-editor of Emotion: Current Issues and Future Directions (Guilford) and recently authored The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells us about Life After Loss (Basic Books). Email:  gab38@columbia.edu
    • Fiona MacCallum

      Fiona Maccallum is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow from the University of New South Wales, Australia.She received her PhD from the University of New South Wales in 2009.  Her doctoral research focused on exploring the roles of self-identity and autobiographical memory processes in complicated grief reactions.  She is currently investigating emotion regulation processes underlying adaption to loss and trauma and their application to novel clinical interventions.  She has worked in numerous clinical and research settings, including involvement in treatment outcome trials for complicated grief reactions and civilian and emergency responders with PTSD.  Her time in the lab is funded by an Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.  Email: flm2120@columbia.edu

    • Jeffrey Birk



      Jeffrey Birk is a Postdoctoral Researcher who received his Ph.D. from Tufts University in 2014. He researches the relationships 
      among emotional states, cognitive performance, and well-being using a combination of physiological, behavioral, and self-reported measures. His doctoral research investigated the extent to which an attentional bias to threatening information and a deficit in attentional control contribute to state anxiety. He also studies how the ability to regulate emotion and the tendency to attend toward sad information predict depressive symptoms in people with and without a history of major depression. He is currently investigating how flexibility in emotion regulation promotes well-being over time. Email: birk@tc.columbia.edu

    • Erica Diminich

      Erica Diminich is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University, and an M.A. in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include the role of positive emotion following traumatic events and the effects of emotion on cognition. She is currently working on a project investigating the relationship of facial displays of emotion as predictors of pathology or resiliency among bereaved individuals.Email: ed2323@columbia.edu
    • Jenny Lotterman


      Jenny Lotterman is a third-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Ithaca College in 2008. Her research interests include the role of memory bias in depression and trajectories of grief and chronic depression following bereavement and potentially traumatic events. Email: jl3533@columbia.edu

    • Zhuoying Zhu

      Zhuoying Zhu is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She received her B.S. (Honors) in Psychology from The University of Auckland, New Zealand, and her M.A. in Psychology in Education from Teachers College. Her research interests are emotion-related factors in predicting adjustment to trauma and loss, and cultural variability in these factors. She is currently working on projects that focus on emotion regulatory processes among Chinese cancer patients, and on cultural comparison between Americans and Chinese in emotion perception. Email: zz2180@columbia.edu


    • Katie McGreevy


      Katie McGreevy is a first-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She received her B.A. in biology from Tufts University and her M.A. in psychology from The New School for Social Research.  Her research interests include the mechanisms of trauma-related memory and narrative, and the physiological bases of emotion regulation.
      cam2280@columbia.edu


    • Jed McGiffin

       Jed McGiffin is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program.  He received his B.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University and did his M.A. work in Psychology at City College.  He has recently conducted research into the relationship between dissociation and cognitive processing in individuals exposed to traumatic events, and is more broadly interested in the processes surrounding psychosocial adjustment to disability and factors predicting resilient outcomes in the face of serious injury.  Email: jnm2150@columbia.edu
    • Major Joe Geraci

      Major Joe Geraci is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program and an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He received his B.S. in International Relations from the United States Military Academy. He received his M.A. (Social Organizational Psychology) and ED.M. (Mental Health Counseling)  from Teachers College, Columbia University. His research involves understanding and mitigating PTSD in military members and emergency service personnel.  Email: jcg2123@columbia.edu.
    • Matteo Malgaroli

       Matteo Malgaroli is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology with honors from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy, and his B.A. in Psychology from Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca. Before joining the program, he worked in both academic and clinical research settings in Italy. His interest include the nosology of mental disorders and the role of emotion in public health programs. mm4408@columbia.edu
    • Chuck Burton

      Chuck Burton  is a fourth-year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his B.A. from Columbia College and worked in a variety of research settings prior to joining the Loss, Trauma and Emotion Lab. His research interests center on personality and biological mechanisms that underlie emotional regulation in clinical and subclinical populations. Chuck is currently working on a cross-cultural comparison of coping flexibility in symptomatic and asymptomatic bereaved persons. Email: chuck.levi@gmail.com
    • Oscar Yan

      Oscar Yan  is a fourth-year doctoral student. Email: ohy2101@columbia.edu

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