Bonanno, George A. (gab38)

George A. Bonanno

Professor of Clinical Psychology

Office Location:

426B HMann

Educational Background

B.A., Hampshire College
Ph.D., Yale University

Scholarly Interests

Variations in long-term outcome following loss and potential trauma, including chronic dysfunction and resilence. Emotion and emotion regulation. Flexible self-regulation
LAB: Loss, Trauma, and Emotion lab;

The End of Trauma: How the new science of resileince is changing how we think about PTSD. Fall, 2021, Basic Books

The Other Side of Sadness, 2nd edition, published in 2019. Basic Books

Selected Publications

Professor George Bonanno is an internationally recognized expert on trauma and resilience. For three decades, he has led seminal research showing resilience to be the default resonse to highly aversive and potentially traumatic life events, including traumatic injury, war, physical and sexual assault, natural disaster, life-threatening health events, the death of a loved one, divorce, and disease pandemic. HI more recent research has probed the psychological mechanisms that drive resiient outcomes and in particular the key role of flexible self-regulation. As a result of this work, Professor Bonanno has been repeatedly listed by the Web of Science as among the top one percent most cited scientists in the world. He has also been honored with lifetime achievement awards from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA). His books include the Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells us About Life After Loss and, most recently, The End of Trauma: How the New Science of Resilience is Changing How We Think About PTSD.”

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George Bonanno

Professor of Psychology and Education and Professor of Clinical Psychology

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"All peoples -- not just the Japanese -- seem to be able to endure just about anything nature throws their way," the Professor of Clinical Psychology writes in this week's issue.

Work of TC's George Bonanno Has Become the Standard for Studying Response to Grief

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