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Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab

George Bonanno, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University
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  • Research Projects

    Mapping resilience and other outcome trajectories following potential trauma

    Mapping resilience and other outcomes following potentially traumatic life events.

    Our research in this area attempts to map multiple trajectories of outcome following various potentially traumatic life events. The most common outcomes we have identified, both theoretically and empirically, include resilience, recovery and chronic dysfunction. Our recent studies have attempted to better capture the full heterogeneity of long-term responses to aversive events using structural equation models, such as Latent Growth Mixture Modeling (LGMM). Among the life events we have investigated include bio-epidemic, the death of loved one, terrorist attach, traumatic injury, life-threatening disease and surgery, exposure to combat, divorce and job loss. Our lab collaborates in this work with Isaac Galatzer-Levy of New York University, as well as a host of other colleagues nationally and internationally.