Mental Health and Well-Being

COVID-19 Impact on Well-Being

Fred Oswald (Psychological Sciences) is collaborating with Rodica Damian (University of Houston) on a National Science Foundation RAPID grant on how COVID-19 pandemic disruptions across life domains (health, finances, occupation, community, family) co-develop with an individual’s personality, attitude, well-being, and personal narrative across time.

Emotion Regulation during COVID-19 Social Distancing

Bryan Denny (Psychological Sciences) is examining which emotion regulation strategies are most strongly associated with mitigating perceived stress stemming from different types of stressors related to COVID-19 social distancing. He is also examining the moderating influences of relevant individual differences (e.g., age, race, gender, affective style, physical health, and geographic location) on these relationships.

Opportunity for Creativity

The massive disruption of the pandemic on our social and work lives is unnerving, but there are benefits to shaking up our routines and feeling uncomfortable, according to experts at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

Participate in a CovidSense Study

For millions affected globally by Covid-19 - patients, caregivers, healthcare workers and everyone else stuck at home - mental well-being is now under threat. Please participate in a citizen science study at from anywhere in the world to help us understand how it is impacting people - no app download needed and no private information will be shared.

Reduce Face-Touching

Jim Pomerantz (Psychological Sciences) and the Psychonomic Society have developed a list of five science-backed recommendations for kicking or minimizing the routine habit of touching one’s face in order to stop the spread of the virus and flatten the curve.

Social Distancing

Data released by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research shows that staying at home may already be saving lives in Harris County.

Social Inclusion

Mikki Hebl and Eden King (Psychological Sciences) are examining how students and working adults are experiencing aspects of the COVID-19 interruption. They are particularly interested in examining the need for social inclusion during a time of exclusion and distancing.