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counseling and family sciences, covid19, mental health

When the world slows down and catches up to you and your grief

In 2001, I was working with families who had a child with cancer in Seattle, WA. It was an emotionally demanding job in which I walked through some very dark times with these families. One such time was during the crisis of September 11. I checked on the families I was working with, worried that a national trauma like this could strip away their remaining resiliency. What I heard from them, though, surprised me.

covid19, health disparities, psychology

Health Disparities and the COVID-19 Pandemic

What are the health disparities associated with COVID-19? Over the past several weeks public health officials and the media have brought to our attention the extensive racial, ethnic, and economic disparities surrounding COVID-19. Black people and American Indians are experiencing the most disproportionate mortality rates. Across the nation, Blacks are 2.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 as compared to non-Latino Whites and in some states the mortality rate is up to seven times higher.
Oleksandr Dubov, PhD

faculty, interdisciplinary studies

Dr. Alex Dubov joins the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies

We are delighted to announce that Alex (Oleksandr) Dubov, PhD, has joined the School of Behavioral Health as an associate professor. Dr. Dubov earned his PhD in Bioethics from Duquesne University, where his thesis investigated the use of Behavioral Economics to facilitate crucial choices at the end of life. He has worked at Emory University Hospital as a Palliative Care Counselor and at Florida Hospital as a Certified Healthcare Ethics Consultant. Dr.
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covid19, psychology, sleep

Healthy Sleep During COVID-19

The introduction of the novel coronavirus (known as COVID-19) has brought with it changes to nearly every aspect of life. Schools are closed, many are working from home, and stress levels are elevated. Not only has COVID-19 posed a risk to physical health, but it has taken a toll on moods, work productivity, and social relationships. Many people feel more fatigued, overwhelmed, and anxious than ever before. Finding ways to cope with these feelings is an important aspect of keeping your body healthy during these uncertain times. Sleep is foundational for optimal functioning at all times.
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covid19, social work

Social Justice & COVID-19

While COVID-19 victims reflect a wide swath of Americans irrespective of social position, the most vulnerable are marginalized populations, who are most inclined to encounter health disparities. So what appears as a health crisis for some is also a social justice question for society, as the toll of the disease unfolds, disproportionally impacting historically underserved populations. As has been reported by multiple news outlets and the PEW Research Center, African Americans, younger Latinos, and Native Americans in particular have been the hardest hit segments of our society.
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counseling and family sciences, covid19, mental health

Stay the Course

Sometimes you can't see the road ahead but as you keep going, it gets clearer. Stay the course as the fog of life dissipates. -Sanjo Jendayi It can be challenging under normal circumstances for students to stay focused on studying, reading, and writing papers. The impact of the pandemic and the subsequent quarantine has created an additional mental and emotional burden. Some may find it ever more challenging to stay motivated, to study, and to complete required assignments and papers. Around this time of year, many students are preparing for the final weeks of school before graduation.
Danna Carter, PhD, LMFT

alumni, counseling and family sciences, covid19, mental health

Alumna hosts AFTA podcast interviews on COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Systems, Families, & Couples PhD program graduate Danna Carter has been thinking about how best to contribute to the world in meaningful ways during this difficult time. Though working as a full-time researcher and teaching classes to graduate students, she's dedicated some time to engaging in conversations with leading scholars as part of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 and how to find hope in the midst of uncertainty.
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covid19, gerontology, mental health, social work

Older Adults & COVID-19: Be Proactive!

We've all seen the announcements that older adults, especially those with underlying health conditions, are hit hardest by the coronavirus and the illness it causes. Communities and businesses are stepping up to help keep older adults safe by minimizing their exposure to possible COVID-19 carriers. For example, many grocery stores now have special hours set aside earlier in the day for only those 65 and older to shop.
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counseling and family sciences, covid19, mental health

The emotional impact of COVID-19: Is it a break or a breakdown?

The other day a colleague asked me how I was doing and my response was: "Great. Um, pretty good. I mean, just okay, I guess." We both laughed heartily at my quickly changing state of mind, but also acknowledged its validity. I don't know about you, but the last few weeks have left me perplexed at my own responses to COVID-19. One moment I'm bored from not being able to leave my house and then next I'm overwhelmed by the state of the world and an uncertain future.

child mental health, covid19, psychology

Stay-at-home orders disproportionately impact youth in or at-risk for foster care

Stuck at home and feeling stressed due to isolation, job loss and the pandemic, many Americans are turning to drugs and alcohol. Stressful situations combined with increased drug and alcohol use set the stage for potentially dangerous, abusive situations, especially for vulnerable youth. For youth in abusive situations, schools, after-school programs, and sports teams offer safe haven; youth who rely on these now-shuttered programs for respite are instead stuck at home, often with their abusers.