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Five Research Teams from the UM Department of Psychology receive rapid response grants
to undertake innovative projects related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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  • Resilience and Risk: COVID-19 Response and Valence Flexibility

    Principal Investigator Jennifer C. Britton

    Project Aim:  To understand the relationship between behavioral and neural indices of emotional flexibility, emotional response during social distancing and internalizing symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety) in a developmental sample (ages 9-20 years old).

  • Project Sustain Among Black Women Living with HIV

    Principal Investigator Sannisha K. Dale

    Project Aim:  To better understand the concerns and worries, disruptions in care, issues related to medication access and adherence, food insecurity, housing instability, financial resources/income, and coping strategies (e.g., social support, spirituality) of BWLWH. The research team will also assess information, practices (e.g., telehealth), support and coping strategies that BWLWH desire of find beneficial in sustaining their health in the context of COV-19.

  • Brief Cognitive-Behavior Therapy to Support Parent Coping during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Principal Investigator Jill Ehrenreich-May

    Project Aim:  To enhance our understanding of how brief-, parent-directed telehealth interventions using elements of a transdiagnostic CBT approach (motivational, opposite action and mindfulness strategies) can be deployed during crisis situations to mitigate risk for parents exhibiting mental health concerns. As parental stress during disasters or quarantine may be associated with child traumatic stress and/or subsequent incidents of abuse or neglect, it is particularly important to mitigate such risks during our current COVID-19 pandemic by providing "just-in-time" interventions to parents in need.

  • Investigating the Protective Effects of Mindfulness Training in Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Principal Investigators: Ekaterina Ninova (Denkova), Amishi Jha & Scott Rogers

    Prior research has found that mindfulness training (MT) can protect against cognitive decline and deterioration in psychological health over high-stress intervals. Given that older adults are particularly vulnerable to health challenges and loneliness during the current pandemic, this study aims to offer adults over 65 an accessible MT program and to assess MT’s potential to cognitively and psychologically protect older adults.

  • Coronavirus Outbreak Psychosocial Evaluation

    Principal Investigators: Maria Llabre, Patrice Saab & Kiara Timpano

    Project Aim:  To identify predictors of adherence and risk factors for nonadherence to COVID-19 guidelines from existing literature, and to test the model of predictors of adherence to guidelines and psychological sequelae in a South Florida sample of participants with diverse sociodemographic characteristics


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