Psychology of the Pandemic

Since the start of 2020, there has been an ongoing race to understand the COVID-19 virus and its impacts on our world. During this process, one of the most difficult factors has been explaining how human behavior impacts the pandemic. The scientific discipline of psychology has much to offer in understanding the interface between the virus and the societies in which we live.

In a series of informational videos, interviews, and links, this course explores some of the key, lingering questions about the pandemic from psychological perspectives. This course is offered as a non-credit, self-paced course. It is also designed to meet 6 hours of Continuing Education guidelines from Montana's Board of Behavioral Health and Board of Psychologists**. In a fully online course, you will be introduced to faculty, graduate students, and affiliates of the University of Montana Department of Psychology as they attempt to explain the pandemic via understanding human behavior.

**CE Credits are not pre-approved. Please check with your licensing board if you have questions about certain continuing education (ce) guidelines. 

The course is organized into six themes covering a range of topics, including:

Overview

The course is organized into six themes covering a range of topics, including:

Themes

Children, Youth and the Pandemic

  • Supporting Children during the Pandemic
  • Impact of online learning on K-12 students
  • Pandemic kids: Sociality and screen time

Mental Health and COVID-19

  • The pandemic and mental health conditions
  • Coronavirus Stigma
  • The pandemic and partner violence
  • Grief and Covid-19

Disproportionate Impacts on Specific Population

  • COVID-19 and the most vulnerable
  • Pandemic's disproportionate hardship on people with disabilities
  • COVID-19 and Indigenous populations

Fallout: Politics, Remote Work and Loneliness

  • The Politicization of the Pandemic
  • The lonely brain: How the brain decides it needs social interaction
  • Working from home during the COVID era

Coping, Resilience and Health

  • Applying psychological principles for how to cope during the pandemic
  • How to breathe while wearing a mask [square breathing tutorial]
  • Zoom fatigue as place saturation: A neuroscience perspective on the value of doing different things in different places
  • Get Out! The psychological benefits of nature

Vaccines, Variants, and Understanding Pandemic

  • What’s in the numbers? Understanding vaccine effectiveness
  • Virus, Variants and Vaccines, oh my!
  • Lessons learned? What we can learn from the HIV/AIDS pandemic

Theme 1

Children, Youth and the Pandemic

  • Supporting Children during the Pandemic
  • Impact of online learning on K-12 students
  • Pandemic kids: Sociality and screen time

Mental Health and COVID-19

  • The pandemic and mental health conditions
  • Coronavirus Stigma
  • The pandemic and partner violence
  • Grief and Covid-19

Disproportionate Impacts on Specific Population

  • COVID-19 and the most vulnerable
  • Pandemic's disproportionate hardship on people with disabilities
  • COVID-19 and Indigenous populations

Fallout: Politics, Remote Work and Loneliness

  • The Politicization of the Pandemic
  • The lonely brain: How the brain decides it needs social interaction
  • Working from home during the COVID era

Coping, Resilience and Health

  • Applying psychological principles for how to cope during the pandemic
  • How to breathe while wearing a mask [square breathing tutorial]
  • Zoom fatigue as place saturation: A neuroscience perspective on the value of doing different things in different places
  • Get Out! The psychological benefits of nature

Vaccines, Variants, and Understanding Pandemic

  • What’s in the numbers? Understanding vaccine effectiveness
  • Virus, Variants and Vaccines, oh my!
  • Lessons learned? What we can learn from the HIV/AIDS pandemic
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