Brian Arizmendi

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Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology
Crisis Clinician, Southern Arizona Mental Health Corporation
Faculty Advisor: Mary-Frances O'Connor

B.A., Psychobiology M.A., Clinical Psychology

My name is Brian Arizmendi, I am a 3rd year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the U of A. As this program is a clinical science program, I have concurrent clinical and research endeavors. My research focuses on grief, loss, and social stress, with particular emphasis on bereavement and disordered patterns of grief. My main tool of measurement is functional MRI, and in this context, I study the neural correlates of emotion regulation in those with Complicated Grief. Clinically, I am interested in evidence-based intervention in a behavioral medicine context. Currently I work alongside psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, general practitioners, and social workers with oncology patients and their families at UAMC.

Selected Publications: 

Arizmendi, B. J., Kaszniak, A. W., & O'Connor, M. F. (2015). Disrupted Prefrontal Activity during Emotion Regulation in Complicated Grief: an fMRI investigation. (Under Review).   Arizmendi, B. J., & O'Connor, M. F. (2015). What is "normal" in grief? Australian Critical Care Special Issue: Bereavement and End of Life Care (In Press).   O'Connor, M. F., Arizmendi, B. J., & Kaszniak, A. W. (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.   O’Connor, M. F., & Arizmendi, B. J. (2014). Neuropsychological correlates of complicated grief in older spousally bereaved adults. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69(1), 12-18.   Courtney, C., Dawson, M., Rizzo, A., Arizmendi, B., & Parsons, T.D. (2013). Predicting Navigation Performance with Psychophysiological Responses to Threat In a Virtual Environment. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8021, 129-138.   Parsons, T.D., Courtney, C., Dawson, M., Rizzo, A., & Arizmendi, B. (2013). Visuospatial Processing and Learning Effects in Virtual Reality Based Mental Rotation and Navigational Tasks. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 8019, 75-83.

Courses Taught: 

TA Fall 2013: PSYC 383, Health Psychology TA Spring 2014: PSYC 383, Health Psychology TA Fall 2014: Research Methods in Psychology

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