When COVID-19 hits home: Understanding the fight with fear

Feb 24, 2021

When the first U.S. case of COVID-19 due to community spread was diagnosed in late February 2020, it set off a rapid series of events. As cases surged, many states issued stay-at-home orders, and schools and childcare centers shut down. With such rapid, widespread disruption, it’s no wonder that…

Data4Action Project featured in HHD magazine

Feb 16, 2021

Penn State's College of Health and Human Development features the Data 4 Action project in the latest edition of its annual magazine. SSRI, along with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and Clinical and Translational Science Institute, are providing support for the project. Read the article…

New online course engages middle, high-school students in ‘The Science of COVID-19’

Feb 12, 2021

With the coronavirus pandemic disrupting so many aspects of their lives, it is perhaps more important than ever for middle- and high-school students to understand how scientific knowledge is created and how this knowledge is translated into policy. A new and freely available online course created…

Data 4 Action Project Update

Feb 12, 2021

The Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Research Project is continuing to study the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Centre County. After adult community members took an online survey about the impacts of the pandemic , they were presented with an opportunity to take part in follow-up…

Podcast’s new series explains impact of COVID-19 to our society and institutions

Feb 4, 2021

The Evidence-to-Impact Podcast, from Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute, asks the question: How can academia and government work together to tackle our country’s biggest problems?
In its newest series, aptly titled “The Pandemic Perspective,” the Evidence-to-Impact Podcast aims to bring…

EIC Podcast on the Centre County Pandemic Perspective - Part 2

Jan 29, 2021

The Evidence-to-Impact Podcast is currently publishing a new series called The Pandemic Perspective, in which we examine how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects of our society, institutions, and other systems have collided, changed, and even collapsed in the last nine months. 
This…

Why Social Science? Because Controlling the COVID-19 Pandemic Depends on Vaccine Uptake

Jan 26, 2021

By Caitlin E. Burgdorf, Ph.D., Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou, Ph.D., M.P.H., Anna Gaysynsky, M.P.H., and Christine M. Hunter, Ph.D.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused extraordinary devastation, claiming millions of lives and disrupting the economy and daily life across the globe. From the beginning, the…

New EIC Podcast on the Centre County Pandemic Perspective

Jan 21, 2021

The Evidence-to-Impact Podcast's new series, The Pandemic Perspective, examines how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects of our society, institutions, and other systems have collided, changed, and even collapsed in the last nine months.
This month’s episode features a two-part…

Impacts of the pandemic on school reopening plans

Jan 13, 2021

In 2020, as school boards around the country weighed the public health and education concerns brought on by COVID-19, districts developed vastly different reopening plans for the fall.
In this post, Penn State researchers Erica Frankenberg and Katharine Dulaney discuss comparing the proposed…

Registration open for Jan. 26 Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series

Jan 12, 2021

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present "Data4Action: The Centre County COVID-19 Cohort Study" at its next Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series from 4 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26. 
The Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series features statisticians and…

Students join research team examining the Covid-19 pandemic in Centre County

Jan 8, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting every aspect of daily life with implications including social, psychological and economic well-being and education achievement. 
The Data 4 Action Research Project aims to better understand such spillover impacts of COVID-19 in Centre County by assessing…

Data 4 Action Project Update

Jan 5, 2021

The Centre County COVID-19 Data 4 Action Research Project (Data 4 Action) is studying the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in Centre County. Adult residents of Centre County took a survey and were presented with an opportunity to take part in follow-up research studies, including blood, saliva,…

Impacts of the pandemic on opioid-related drug overdose

Jan 5, 2021

Opioid-related drug overdose is a leading cause of death and injury in the United States. When we consider individuals who use opioids, social factors including poor access to healthcare, unstable housing and employment, and social isolation may double as risk factors for infectious disease…

Coronavirus Relief & Appropriations Package

Jan 4, 2021

Congress recently passed legislation to provide another round of coronavirus relief. The bill also included all FY 2021 appropriations bills to fund the federal government. The president is expected to sign the massive measure in the next few days. All told, the legislation totals more than 5,500…

Impacts of the pandemic teen anxiety

Jan 3, 2021

The anxiety, isolation, and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented emotional challenge. Adolescence is a period of drastic emotional, social, and cognitive development, making this age group particularly vulnerable to the short- and long-term impact of the…

EIC Podcast on examining the delivery of special education services during COVID-19

Dec 13, 2020

The Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative Podcast is offering a new series called The Pandemic Perspective, where we examine how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects of our society, institutions, and other systems have collided, changed, and even collapsed in the last nine months.
For the…

College of Medicine receives $2.7 million to address COVID-19 health disparities

Dec 11, 2020

Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski, professor of medicine, public health sciences and pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, has received $2.69 million through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to establish projects aimed at addressing COVID-19 health disparities among nursing…

Institute of State and Regional Affairs looks at COVID-19 senior isolation risk

Dec 10, 2020

Continuing its analysis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania, the Institute of State and Regional Affairs (ISRA) at Penn State Harrisburg has released new data, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Population Network, examining the impact of social isolation in the senior…

Impacts of the pandemic on emotion of fear

Dec 9, 2020

When people perceive themselves to be in danger, they usually experience some degree of fear. This emotion is useful because it can motivate them to learn more about the problem or to take some action to protect themselves against it, according to James Dillard, distinguished professor…

Impacts of the pandemic on anticipatory grief

Dec 1, 2020

Receiving a diagnosis from a doctor that explains your previously unexplainable symptoms can often bring about feelings of relief. But this year, the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, and its diagnosis has offered its targets no such comfort. Anxiety, sadness, and distress caused by the fear of a…

Impacts of the pandemic on college students’ sense of belonging

Nov 18, 2020

People have a fundamental human need to belong. Especially during transitions to a new environment like college, people often worry about whether they belong, even in non-pandemic times. With so many classes and social interactions shifted to a staid online setting, which precludes hallway…

Why Social Science? Because It Can Help Us Cope with Pandemic Fatigue

Nov 17, 2020

By Jay Maddock, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Texas A&M University
As the pandemic drags on, following COVID-19 prevention guidelines can feel like more and more of a challenge.
This kind of fatigue is not unique to pandemic precautions like sticking with social distancing, masking up and…

COVID-19 and the potential costs of social isolation

Nov 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues across the globe and in the United States. Currently, science and medicine offer clear methods on how to reduce the risk of transmission — including social distancing. Yet this behavior comes with a potential cost of reduced social connections and research has shown…

Extended Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nov 17, 2020

NIH grant applications should NOT include contingency plans that would outline steps needed to recover from temporary, emergency situations, or institutional return-to-the-workplace plans, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contingency plans will not be considered in peer review but, if needed,…

Impacts of the coronavirus on student athlete substance abuse

Nov 5, 2020

College is a well-known risk environment for problematic alcohol use and substance abuse. In this post, Katherine McLean, associate professor of criminal justice at Penn State Greater Allegheny, outlines why student athletes may be at particular risk for higher levels of alcohol consumption and…