Learning from Grief and Loss
Experiencing loss is part of life, and sometimes we can make meaning of our losses and live more purposefully. In this PurposeCast, Dr. Vic Strecher and grief expert and neuroscientist Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor discuss grief, grieving, and ground-breaking research on how your brain learns to adapt after loss so you can build resiliency to support yourself and others during difficult times.
Mary-Frances is the author of the newly published book, The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss.
PurposeCast is a series of conversations highlighting purpose-driven thought leaders, experts, and innovators. Through their stories, get a glimpse into their journeys and gain insights and actionable tips for yourself. Learn how they harnessed their purpose to live bigger lives and how you can too.
Mary-Frances O’Connor, Ph.D.
Associate professor of psychology
Mary-Frances is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress Lab, which investigates the effects of grief on the brain and the body. She earned a doctorate from the University of Arizona, completed a fellowship at UCLA, and served as faculty at UCLA’s Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Psychological Science, and featured in Newsweek, the New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH
CEO and Chief Purpose Officer, Kumanu
Vic Strecher (PhD, MPH) is a leader and visionary in the fields of purpose and wellbeing, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology. In 1998, Vic created Health Media pioneering Web-based “digital health coaching.” Since January 2014, Vic has given keynote presentations about the role of purpose in life, energy, and willpower to over 1,500 organizations, providing him the opportunity to not only respond to the growing interests of the market, but to also continue to help shape it. In late 2015, Kumanu (formerly JOOL Health) was launched as a major paradigm shift in how individuals engage in the pursuit of purpose, meaning and wellbeing while offering organizations a more insightful means to support positive culture and behavior change.