Behavioral, Socio-emotional and Educational Wellbeing

The COVID-19 virus is creating an epidemic of illness, but also a wave of psychological and social stress. Researchers have used incidents of unexpected stress in the past (such as hurricanes and 9/11) to examine the impact of stress on health and well-being.

Investigators at USF are poised to generate new knowledge that will inform preparedness and responsiveness to the current and future global crises. More than 100 scientists from across the university with expertise in behavioral, socio-emotional, and education wellbeing in diverse individuals, communities, and populations have submitted research ideas that seek to generate such knowledge.

Coordinators: Howard Goldstein, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences; Kathy Bradley-Klug, College of Education; Ellen Daley, College of Public Health

Research Cluster Areas:

  • Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on behavioral & mental health
  • Impact of pandemic on criminal justice system and bioethics
  • Pandemic effects on food, sleep, and physical activity
  • Pandemic effects on health care, health literacy, and health disparities
  • Caring for adults and seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Caring for vulnerable children and families during a pandemic
  • Effects of rapid transition to remote education & use of educational technology
  • COVID-related changes in workforce issues

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