George A. Bonanno, Ph.D. is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at 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 personality, positive emotion and emotion regulatory processes.
Professor Bonannos recent empirical and theoretical work has focused on defining and documenting resilience in the face of loss or potential traumatic events, including the death of a loved one, terrorist attack, bio-epidemic, traumatic injury, & life-threatening medical procedures, and on identifying the range of psychological and contextual variables that predict both psychopathological and resilient outcomes.
His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and featured in The New York Times, Science, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Professor Bonanno has also appeared on CNN and 20/20. He co-edited the book, Emotion: Current Issues and Future Directions, and recently authored The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Can Tell Us about Life after Loss.