Coronavirus Pandemic: Social and Educational Impact

Over a year into the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State experts are available to share insight into the social and educational impacts of the pandemic including it's effects on mental health, changing family dynamics 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

  • Kathleen Keller

    Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences

    Health & Medicine

The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact 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.

  • With warmer weather here, Penn State experts can discuss how the pandemic will affect summer gatherings and celebrations.
  • Penn State researchers find the pandemic may have increased mental health issues, smoking rates and food insecurity. Our experts can discuss the long-term risks from continued stress and isolation.
  • 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
  • Affordable Care Act

Contact Simon Haeder with questions about: COVID-19 vaccine policy implementation, equity issues related to vaccine distribution, and whether companies and schools should require employees and students to be vaccinated. He can also discuss the ways in which partisan politics challenge our handling of this national health emergency, Finally, Haeder can comment on U.S. healthcare system policies and preparedness, generally.

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: How surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy have changed in a post-9/11 world; government policy; broadband; and the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on Internet connectivity. He can also comment on voting security, technology policy, privacy, surveillance, civil liberties, broadband mapping and artificial intelligence.

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 in-person learning.

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