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Mental Health Week: Psychology and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Monday 17 May, 20:00 - 21:30
It has been a year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic started. A year of little social contact. A year of working and studying from home. A year of loss. During this global health crisis, it is important to consider also the mental health impacts. After a year of lockdowns and restrictions, which have disrupted the routines of people all around the world, there is an undeniable psychological effect being felt by many. Individuals are experiencing pandemic burn-out, increased levels of stress and anxiety, and feelings of uncertainty and desperation. Furthermore, there is the psychological distress which health care workers experience, due to the horrific experiences of fighting COVID-19 in hospitals.
Not only can we consider how the pandemic is influencing our mental health, but also how human psychology impacts the course of the pandemic. From panic buying to conspiracy theories, the way in which people react and cope with the challenges of a global crisis can lead to a whole array of issues when trying to battle an infectious disease, like COVID-19.
Dr. Steven Taylor is a professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Psychiatry. He is the author of ‘The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease’ and is one of the co-directors of the Psychology of Pandemics Network and helped develop the COVID stress scales. He will share his insights on the psychology of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Taylor has authored over 300 scientific publications and more than 20 books, which have been translated into several languages. Dr. Taylor has received a number of awards for his work, including awards from the Canadian Psychological Association, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Taylor maintains a clinical practice in Vancouver, BC, specializing in mood and anxiety disorders.