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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.   


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.


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.


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.  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.


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,


O’Connor, M.-F., Arizmendi, B.J. (2015). What is “normal” in grief? Australian Critical Care, 8, 58-62.


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.


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.  


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. 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.


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.


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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.  


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. PMID: 20646680


O’Connor, M.-F., Irwin, M.R. (2010). Links between behavioral factors and inflammation. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 87, 479-82. 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.


O’Connor, M.-F., Wellisch, D.K., Irwin, M. (2009). When grief heats up: Proinflammatory cytokines predict regional brain activation. NeuroImage, 47, 891-896. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.