The APS Global Collaboration on COVID-19 convenes psychological scientists and other behavioral science experts to assess how our field has contributed to combating the COVID-19 pandemic and identify gaps in our understanding that should be addressed through new research. Focused on different areas of psychological science and how they pertain to COVID-19, six working groups present research and make recommendations to the science community, policymakers, and/or the public.
Each group tackles several overarching questions, including:
How has psychological science been used to inform solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic?
How could psychological science research have been better integrated into the COVID-19 response, and how could it be better used to address future public health challenges?
What scientific knowledge gaps must be addressed through new research?
In a July 21 webinar produced by the APS Global Collaboration on COVID-19, four speakers from multiple areas of research and practice discussed how the pandemic has magnified interest in research on test-optional policies for college admissions.
Nearly 2 years into the COVID-19 pandemic, an emerging body of literature is revealing the pandemic’s mental health impact on children, adolescents, and adults, including those who had previously been diagnosed with a mental illness.
Psychological scientists have long known that psychological and social factors can affect our responses to viral infections and vaccinations, but that critical connection seems to have eluded many of the public health officials and others charged with leading the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic in its early days.
Working Group on Mental Health and COVID-19
Focusing on the intersection of human development, COVID-19, and mental health. The group examines how COVID-19 has affected mental health of children, adolescents, and younger and older adults, including those who were diagnosed with a mental illness before the pandemic started, among other topics.
Leader:Allison Harvey – University of California, Berkeley, USA
Martin Antony – Ryerson University, Canada
Christopher Beam – University of Southern California, USA
Iris Engelhard – Utrecht University, Netherlands
June Gruber – University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Derek Novacek – University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Guangyu Zhou – Peking University, China
Working Group on Fundamental Memory Science and COVID-19
Examining the interplay between fundamental memory science and public health, especially as they pertain to COVID-19—for instance, how can our knowledge of how human memory functions help the practice of contact tracing?
Leader: Maryanne Garry – University of Waikato, New Zealand
Lorraine Hope – University of Portsmouth, UK
Anne Scharling Rasmussen – Aarhus University, Denmark
Linda Levine – University of California Irvine, USA
Suparna Rajaram – Stony Brook University, USA
Jennifer Talarico – Lafayette College, USA
Working Group on Work and COVID-19
Investigating the effects of new work realities pertaining to COVID-19, such as how different types of work and workers may be differentially affected by COVID-19, what we have learned about productivity, and how uncertainty and anxiety has influenced workers and employers.
Leader: Adrienne Carter-Sowell – University of Oklahoma, USA
Toni Schmader – University of British Columbia, Canada
Katharina Block – University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gabe H. Miller – Mississippi State University, USA
Ashley Whillans – Harvard Business School, USA
Working Group on the Biology and Psychology of COVID-19
Exploring the biology and psychology of infection and how these systems interact, including the short and long-term psychological effects of infection and what we’ve learned about brain biology from treating COVID-19 patients.
Leader: Kavita Vedhara – University of Nottingham, UK
Anna Marsland – University of Pittsburgh, USA
Sarah Pressman – University of California, Irvine, USA
Working Group on Misinformation and Disinformation
Assessing misinformation and disinformation as they relate to COVID-19, for instance, why people believe misinformation; the behavioral processes behind belief; and what factors influence susceptibility to misinformation.
Leader: Norbert Schwarz – University of Southern California, USA
Dolores Albarracín – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Jay Van Bavel – New York University, USA
Karen Douglas – University of Kent, UK
Working Group on Education and COVID-19
Focusing on how psychological science can inform the intersection of education and COVID-19, including how COVID has affected education and learning as well as the interplay between COVID and college admissions processes.
Leader: Jonathan Wai – University of Arkansas, USA
Kathryn Asbury – The University of York, UK
Drew H. Bailey – University of California, Irvine, USA
Joni M. Lakin – University of Alabama, USA
Fred Oswald – Rice University, USA
Heiner Rindermann – Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
Frank C. Worrell – University of California, Berkeley, USA
A sample of research on suicidal ideation, sex-related substance use among gay and bisexual men, the importance of collaborative decision-making, and much more.
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