The COVID-19 Coping Study Research Team has collaborated with over 12 institutions since the study piloted in March of 2020! Here are the members of our Research Network so far:
Leah Abrams, Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow on Aging and Work at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard University. Research Interests: Aging, social epidemiology, health equity, work and retirement, mental health, health in all policies
Elaina Baker, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Michigan. COVID-19 Research Topic: Worry and social connections during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Research Interests: Family caregiving, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, late-life mental health
Gabriela Bustamante, Postdoctoral Candidate at the University of Minnesota. COVID-19 Research Topic: Access to parks/nature and mental health
Melissa Cannon,Associate Professor of Gerontology at Western Oregon University COVID-19 Research Topic: Environmental gerontology/neighborhoods and communities. Research Interests: How our social and built environments affect us as we age, age-friendly communities and universities, and the importance of community and "third places" for older adults
Ella Cohn-Schwartz, Faculty Member at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. COVID-19 Research Topic: Israel sister study; analyzing cognitive health during the pandemic.
Haley Gallo, PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology COVID-19 Research Topic: Assessing perceptions of government responses to the pandemic. Research Interests: Aging policy, long-term services and supports, age-friendly communities
Viveka Guzman, SPHeRE PhD scholar at the Division of Population Health in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. COVID-19 Research Topic: Engagement in parks/nature and physical/mental/social health and well-being. Research Interests: Mental health and psychosocial well-being, Environmental health, Health geography, and Older people
Amanda Leggett, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. COVID-19 Research Topic: Worry and social connections during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Research Interests: Family caregiving, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, late-life mental health
Gabriella Meltzer, PhD Candidate at New York University's School of Global Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. COVID-19 Research Topic: Comparing urban and rural perspectives with Carrie Henning-Smith. Also working on environmental gerontology/neighborhoods and communities paper with Melissa Cannon. Research Interests: Environmental exposures; disasters; health disparities; life course
Lauren Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Emmanuel College. COVID-19 Research Topic: Identity continuity and disruption since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Research Interests: Lifespan development, identity, personality, and adaptation to stressful life events
Dr. Christina Reppas-Rindlisbacher, PGY5 Resident, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. COVID-19 Research Topic: Canadian sister study, publication forthcoming in JAGS: Worries, Attitudes, and Mental Health of Older Adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: Canadian and US Perspectives. Research Interests: Aging, Health equity, Delirium, and Language
Carrie Henning-Smith, Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. COVID-19 Research Topic: Comparing urban and rural perspectives. Research Interests: Health equity, rural health, mental health and wellbeing
Tamara Statz, Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, FT, Minneapolis MN, leading a collaborative paper (in-progress) on grief and loss. Research Interests: Death and dying, grief and loss, aging, dementia.
Yulya Truskinovsky, Assistant Professor of Economics at Wayne State University. COVID-19 Research Topic: Assessing unequal caregiving burdens and transitions, impacts on mental health.