Coronavirus Pandemic: Social and Educational Impact

Penn State experts are at the forefront of research on the social and educational impacts related to the coronavirus pandemic as well as of studying what societies of the future may entail — from mental health, changing family dynamics, and the educational impact social isolation mandates to health policy, and racial inequities.

  • Karen Bierman

    Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies

    Health & Medicine, Social Sciences

  • James Dillard

    Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

    Social Sciences

  • Simon Haeder

    Assistant Professor of Public Policy

    Health & Medicine, Law and Policy, Politics & Policy

  • Sascha Meinrath

    Palmer Chair in Telecommunications

    Civil Rights, Law and Policy, Telecommunications

  • Kevin Thomas

    Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies

    Health & Medicine, Social Sciences

  • Kathleen Keller

    Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences

    Health & Medicine

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting societies across the globe in ways far beyond the immediate health concerns. Penn State faculty are looking at the long-term consequences of these areas — all with an eye on how we can cope and what our changing societies may look like in the future.

  • Penn State's Child Study Center is dedicated to promoting children’s development and well-being through the dynamic integration of research, undergraduate and graduate training, and engaged community outreach.
Karen Bierman

Karen Bierman

Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies,
Director, Child Study Center

Expertise:

  • Health & Medicine
  • Social Sciences

Focus Areas:

  • Family Dynamics
  • Human Development

Contact Karen Bierman with questions about: the challenges faced by children and their families during the transition to online K-12 schooling during the coronavirus pandemic as well as mental health concerns for children during this time.

James Dillard

James Dillard

Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

Expertise

  • Social Sciences

Focus Areas:

  • Communication

Contact James Dillard with questions about: the role of emotion in persuasion and the dynamics and impact of fear during epidemics like the coronavirus.

Simon  Haeder

Simon Haeder

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Expertise:

  • Health & Medicine
  • Law and Policy
  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Research to Policy
  • Health Policy

Contact Simon Haeder with questions about: U.S. healthcare system policies and preparedness.

Sascha Meinrath

Sascha Meinrath

Palmer Chair in Telecommunications,
Director of the X-Lab

Expertise

  • Civil Rights
  • Law and Policy
  • Telecommunications

Focus Areas:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Technology Policy
  • Election Hacking
  • Privacy
  • Surveillance
  • Artificial Intelligence

Contact Sascha Meinrath with questions about: the coronavirus pandemic's impacts on Internet connectivity. He can also comment on technology policy, privacy, surveillance, civil liberties, broadband mapping and artificial intelligence.

Kevin Thomas

Kevin Thomas

Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies

Expertise:

  • Health & Medicine
  • Social Sciences

Focus Areas:

  • Demography
  • Global Health
  • Immigration

Contact Kevin Thomas with questions about: how prejudices against immigrants and Asian-Americans may be occurring during the coronavirus pandemic. He recently published a book about the Ebola crisis and prejudice against certain groups of people associated with it.

Kathleen Keller

Kathleen Keller

Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Expertise

  • Health & Medicine

Focus Areas:

  • Nutritional Sciences

Contact Kathleen Keller with questions about: family/child nutrition during social isolation and school transitions to remote learning.

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