Loss Trauma and Emotion Lab


Welcome to the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab, headed by Professor George A Bonanno. Our offices are housed in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. The lab is devoted to the question of how humans cope with loss, potential trauma, and other forms of extreme life events. For the past 25 years, our research has attempted to document the variety of outcomes people show in response to such events as well as the factors that predict these outcomes. We have been especially interested in advancing research and theory about resilience in the face of extreme adversity, and the salutary role played by personality, emotion, and coping and in particular emotional regulation flexibility in moderating how aversive events impact our lives.

This site provides information on who we are, our current research projects, our recent research papers and books, news items associated with the lab, and ways to contact us.


There is a Post-Doc position available as a Post-doctoral Fellow in Childhood Adversity and Resilience. The Post-doctoral research position is for 2 years. The role includes working with a research team headed by Professor George Bonanno and other faculty collaborators on longitudinal research projects related to traumatic stressors (e.g., sexual abuse and assault) in children and adolescents.

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