Media Briefings

The mental health toll of COVID-19

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Even as communities shift their focus toward recovery and reopening, the lasting effects of a year’s worth of pandemic-imposed pressures on mental health—sickness, isolation, fear, loss—are still emerging. SciLine’s media briefing covered the current and potential long-term mental health consequences of COVID-19 for adults; its impacts on child development and emotional wellbeing; and the race-based and other mental health disparities exacerbated by the pandemic. Expert panelists briefed reporters and then took questions on the record.

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Dr. Karestan Koenen

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Karestan C. Koenen, a clinical psychologist, epidemiologist, and author, is professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she aims to reduce the population burden of mental disorders through research, training, and advocacy. At Harvard, Dr. Koenen leads the National Institute of Mental Health-funded Harvard Training Program in Psychiatric Genetics and Translational Research, and the Interdisciplinary Concentration in Population Mental Health. Dr. Koenen is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and an elected fellow in the American Psychopathological Association. Dr. Koenen has received several awards recognizing her research achievements including the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association, Division 56, and the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. (Read full bio.)

Dr. Sheri Madigan

University of Calgary

Dr. Sheri Madigan is a clinical psychologist, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development at the University of Calgary and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Madigan’s research is primarily focused on understanding how early social experiences can help and/or hinder children’s mental health and well-being. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, including publications in JAMA Pediatrics, The Lancet Psychiatry, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.  She is the recipient of the World Association for Infant Mental Health Early Career Award. (Read full bio.)

Dr. Ruth Shim

University of California, Davis

Dr. Ruth Shim is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and professor of clinical psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis. She also serves as associate dean of diverse and inclusive education at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Shim’s research focuses on mental health disparities and inequities, and she provides clinical psychiatric care in the UC Davis Early Diagnosis and Preventative Treatment Clinic. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association for Community Psychiatry. She serves on the research and evaluation committee of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. (Read full bio.)

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