COVID-19 Science & Coverage: The pandemic’s impacts on families, kids, and college students

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm PDT

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on families across the United States and the world. Parents are struggling to keep their families healthy while also ensuring that their kids can continue to develop mentally, emotionally, and physically. Children and young adults are facing increasing rates of mental illness, including rising anxiety and depression. The University of Colorado Boulder, CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital team up to discuss these impacts, drawing on their decades of research.

This session will be moderated by Aditi Subramaniam, who is a neuroscience PhD turned freelance science writer. She writes on the Psychology Today website on parenting from a neuroscience perspective, and is a science contributor to the Deccan Herald online. Her articles focus on the intersection between neuroscience and everyday life, and as the mother to a 2-year old girl, she has the ideal experiment subject at home. @Aditi789

June Gruber is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder and director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley and was previously an assistant professor of psychology at Yale University. Gruber's research focuses on delineating the ways in which positive emotion can go awry and how aspects of positive emotion can be a predictor of maladaptive behavioral syndromes and relevant psychological health outcomes. @junegruber

Steven Berkowitz is a professor in psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He was previously on the faculty at Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Berkowitz’s career has focused on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of trauma in children, adults, and families. An expert on the mental health issues at the forefront of the current pandemic, he leads a statewide initiative to provide mental health resources to healthcare workers to help them through this difficult time.

Kendra Parris is a psychologist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Her research focuses on the psychosocial functioning of children and adolescents undergoing bone marrow transplantation and on psychological adjustments to illness and chronic medical conditions in children and teens. Parris holds doctoral and master's degrees from Florida State University and a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University. @DrKendraParris

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Wednesday, October 14 5:00-6:00 PM Eastern