Selected Publications

 

Complete list of published works available via My NCBI Bibliography

 

 

 

Stelzer, E.M., Palitsky, R. & O’Connor, M.F. The role of personal and communal religiosity in the context of bereavement (in press). Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.

 

Karl, S., Fallon, M., Palitsky, R., Martinez, J.A., Gündel, H. & O’Connor, M-F. (2018). Low-dose aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular risk in bereavement: results from a feasibility study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. https://doi.org/10.1159/000481862

 

Kaplan, D.M., Palitsky, R., Carey, A.L., Crane, T.E., Havens, C.M., Medrano, M.R., Reznik, S.J., Sbarra, D.A., & O’Connor, M-F. (2018). Maladaptive repetitive thought as a transdiagnostic phenomenon and treatment target: An integrative review. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1126-1136. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22585

 

Wilson, D.T. & O’Connor, M-F. (2017). Planning for two: A literature review on caregiver stress near the end-of-life. Arizona Geriatrics Society Journal, 23(2), 1-5.

 

Knowles, L., Stelzer, E.M., Jovel, K. & O'Connor, M.-F. (2017). A pilot study of virtual support for grief: Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes. Computers in Human Behavior, 73, 650-658. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.04.005

 

Ruiz, J., Hamann, H., Mehl, M. R., & O'Connor, M.-F. (2016). The Hispanic Health Paradox: From epidemiological phenomenon to contribution opportunities for psychological science. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 19(4), 462-476. https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430216638540

 

Reed, R. G., O’Connor, M.-F., Pace, T. W. W., Raison, C. L., & Butler, E. A. (2016). Dyadic coping and salivary interleukin-6 responses to interpersonal stress. Journal of Family Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000249

 

Robinaugh, D.J., Mauro, C., Bui, E., Stone, L., Shah, R., Wang, Y., Skritskaya, N.A., Reynolds, C.F., Zisook, S., O’Connor, M.-F., Shear, K. & Simon, N.M. (2016). Yearning and its measurement in complicated grief. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 21(5), 410-420. https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2015.1110447   

 

Fallon, M., Serrano Careaga, J., Sbarra, D., O’Connor, M-F. (2016). The utility of a virtual Trier Social Stress Test: Initial findings and benchmarking comparisons. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(7), 835-840. https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000338

 

Bourassa, K. J., Knowles, L., Sbarra, D. A. O’Connor, M-F. (2016). Absent, but not gone: Interdependence in couples’ quality of life persists after a partner’s death. Psychological Science, 27(2), 270-281. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797615618968

 

Arizmendi, B.J., Kaszniak, A.W., O’Connor, M.-F. (2016). Disrupted prefrontal activity during emotion regulation in Complicated Grief: An fMRI investigation. NeuroImage, 12, 968-76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.054  NIHMSID 727740.

 

Soenke, M., O’Connor, M.-F., & Greenberg, J. (2015). Broadening the definition of resilience and "reappraising" the use of appetitive motivation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X14001691

 

Knowles, L. M. & O’Connor, M.-F. (2015). Coping flexibility, forward focus and trauma focus in older widows and widowers. Bereavement Care, 34, 17-23, https://doi.org/10.1080/02682621.2015.1028200

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Arizmendi, B.J. (2015). What is “normal” in grief? Australian Critical Care, 8, 58-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aucc.2015.01.005

 

Hasselmo, K., Sbarra, D.A., O’Connor, M.-F., & Moreno, F.A. (2015). Psychological distress following marital separation interacts with a polymorphism in the serotonin transporter gene to predict cardiac vagal control in the laboratory. Psychophysiology, 52, 736-44. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.12409

 

O’Connor, M.-F., & Arizmendi, B.J. (2014). Neuropsychological correlates of complicated grief in older spousally bereaved adults. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69, 12 -18. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbt025  

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Arizmendi, B.J., Kaszniak, A.K. (2014). Virtually supportive: A feasibility pilot study of an online support group for dementia caregivers in a 3D virtual environment. Journal of Aging Studies, 30, 87-93. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2014.03.001 NIHMSID 593742.

 

Grinberg, A.M., Serrano Careaga, J., Mehl, M.R., O'Connor, M.-F. (2014). Social engagement and user immersion in exploring a virtual world. Computers in Human Behavior, 36, 479-486. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.04.008

 

O'Connor, M.-F. & Sussman, T. (2014). Developing the Yearning in Situations of Loss scale: Convergent and discriminant validity for bereavement, romantic breakup and homesickness. Death Studies, 38, 450-458. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2013.782928

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Schultze-Florey, C.R., Irwin, M.R., Cole, S.W. (2014). Divergent gene expression responses to Complicated Grief and Non-complicated Grief. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 37, 78-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2013.12.017 NIHMSID 553078.

 

Gold, S.M., O'Connor, M.-F., Sicotte, N.L. (2014). Detection of altered hippocampal morphology in multiple sclerosis-associated depression using automated surface mesh modeling. Human Brain Mapping, 35, 30-37. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.22154 PMC3748203.

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Shear, M.K., Fox, R., Skritskaya, N., Campbell, B., Ghesquiere, A., Glickman, K. (2013). Catecholamine predictors of complicated grief treatment outcomes. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 88, 349-352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.09.014 NIHMS413016.

 

Schultze-Florey, C.R., Martinez-Maza, O., Magpantay, L., Breen, E.C., Irwin, M.R., Gündel, H., O’Connor, M.-F. (2012). When grief makes you sick: Bereavement induced systemic inflammation is a question of genotype. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 26, 1066-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2012.06.009 PMC3601554.

 

O’Connor, M.-F. (2012). Immunological and neuroimaging biomarkers of Complicated Grief. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 14, 141-148. PMC3384442

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Wellisch, D. K., Stanton, A. L., Olmstead, R., & Irwin, M. R. (2012). Diurnal cortisol in Complicated and Non-Complicated Grief: Slope differences across the day. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37, 725-728. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2011.08.009 PMC3258306.

 

Shear M.K., Simon N., Wall M., Zisook S., Neimeyer R., Duan N., Reynolds C., Lebowitz B., Sung S., Ghesquiere A., Gorscak B., Clayton P., Ito M., Nakajima S., Konishi T., Melhem N., Meert K., Schiff M., O'Connor M-F., First M., Sareen J., Bolton J., Skritskaya N., Mancini AD., & Keshaviah A.  (2011). Complicated grief and related bereavement issues for DSM5. Depression and Anxiety28(2), 103-117. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.20780  

 

Gold, S.M., Kern, K.C., O'Connor, M.-F., Montag, M.J., Kim, A., Yoo, Y.S., Giesser, B.S., Sicotte, N.L. (2010). Smaller cornu ammonis 2-3/dentate gyrus volumes and elevated cortisol in multiple sclerosis patients with depressive symptoms. Biological Psychiatry, 68, 553-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2010.04.025 PMID: 20646680

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Irwin, M.R. (2010). Links between behavioral factors and inflammation. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 87, 479-82. https://doi.org/10.1038/clpt.2009.255 PMC2866374.

 

O’Connor, M. F., Bower, J. E., Cho, H. J., Creswell, J. D., Dimitrov, S., Hamby, M. E., ... & Thomas, K. S. (2009). To assess, to control, to exclude: effects of biobehavioral factors on circulating inflammatory markers. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity23(7), 887-897. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2009.04.005

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Wellisch, D.K., Irwin, M. (2009). When grief heats up: Proinflammatory cytokines predict regional brain activation. NeuroImage, 47, 891-896. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.05.049 PMC2760985.

 

Buchheim, A., Heinrichs, M., George, C., Pokorny, D., Koops, E., Henningsen, P., O'Connor, M-F., & Gündel, H. (2009). Oxytocin enhances the experience of attachment security. Psychoneuroendocrinology34(9), 1417-1422. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2009.04.002

 

O'Connor, M. F., Wellisch, D. K., Stanton, A. L., Eisenberger, N. I., Irwin, M. R., & Lieberman, M. D. (2008). Craving love? Enduring grief activates brain's reward center. Neuroimage42(2), 969-972. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2008.04.256

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Gündel, H., McRae, K., Lane, R.D. (2007). Baseline vagal tone predicts BOLD response during elicitation of grief. Neuropsychopharmacology, 32, 2184-9. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.npp.1301342

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Motivala, S., Valladares, E.M., Olmstead, R. and Irwin, M. (2007). Sex differences in monocyte expression of IL-6: Role of autonomic mechanisms. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 293, R145-151. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.00752.2006

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Irwin, M., Seldon, J., Kwan, L., Ganz, P.A. (2007). Pro-inflammatory cytokines and depression in a familial cancer registry. Psycho-Oncology, 16, 499-501. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.1108

 

O’Connor, M.-F. (2005). Bereavement and the brain: Invitation to a conversation between bereavement researchers and neuroscientists. Death Studies, 29, 905-922. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481180500299063

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Allen, J.J.B., & Kaszniak, A.W. (2005). Emotional disclosure for whom? The role of vagal tone in bereavement. Biological Psychology, 68, 135-146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2004.04.003

 

O’Connor, M.-F. (2004). Finding boundaries inside prison walls: Case study of a terminally ill inmate. Death Studies, 28, 63-76. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481180490249274

 

Gündel, H., O’Connor, M. F., Littrell, L., Fort, C., & Lane, R. D. (2003). Functional neuroanatomy of grief: an fMRI study. American Journal of Psychiatry160(11), 1946-1953. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.160.11.1946

 

O’Connor, M.-F. (2002). Making meaning of life events: Theory, evidence and research directions for an alternative model. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 46, 56-75. https://doi.org/10.2190/0CKD-PVQ0-T260-NTXU

 

O’Connor, M.-F., Allen, J.J.B., & Kaszniak, A.W. (2002). Autonomic and emotion regulation in bereavement and depression. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 52, 183-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3999(02)00292-1