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George Bonanno, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Education

Professor of Clinical Psychology

(212) 678-3468

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George A. Bonanno, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University. 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 self-deception, positive emotion 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 has also been exploring the salutary role of genuine smiling and laugher in coping and is co-editor of Emotion: Current Issues and Future Directions (Guilford)and author of The Other Side of Sadness (Basic Books) 

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CCPX 5020: Emotion, Culture and Health
CCPX 5060: The Psychology of Loss and Trauma
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Teachers College Faculty Profile
Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab

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