Long-Term Stress and Pandemic Resilience

Six months into lockdowns, job losses, school closures, pandemic illness and lost lives, how are people coping with these long-running stresses? What can we do to help people cope and make communities more resilient?

This week we’re talking with two researchers who have been surveying peoples’ mental and emotional health during the pandemic.

The guests:

  • Clare Cannon is an associate professor of community and regional development in the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis. Her research covers the intersection of social inequality, health and environmental justice. Earlier this year Cannon and colleagues at Tulane University in New Orleans surveyed almost 400 people about their emotional and mental health as the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns were taking hold. 
  • Paul Hastings is a professor of psychology and a faculty member at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. He is currently running two surveys of personal and social responses to the pandemic. One survey looks at activities focused on others compared to those focused on the self, and a second survey measures how parents specifically are responding to the challenges of the pandemic.