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During the course of this pandemic, have you felt isolated, stressed, have experienced interpersonal conflicts with your partner or children, which is taking a toll on your mental and physical health? If so, you aren't alone. 

During this crisis, researchers from across the University are working on various research projects that address urgent health needs related to COVID-19, in service to our state and our nation.

This talk will be hosted by Dr. Long Doan, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, who is currently working collaboratively on a project entitled, Assessing the Social Consequences of COVID-19. Dr. Doan's research recently received a Coronavirus Research Seed Fund Award from the University of Maryland's Division of Research that funded research to rapidly contribute to human health and related outcomes with respect to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including prevention, control, and response efforts. 

Dr. Doan will discuss how social scientists are studying COVID-19, and go into detail on how his new projects examines the impacts of COVID-19 and states’ and local governments’ social distancing efforts on behavior, time spent with others, use of technology, and mental and physical wellbeing. 


Advanced registration is required by May 14, 2020



Dr. Long Doan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. He is broadly interested in how various social psychological processes motivate behavior and explain patterns of inequality. In particular, Doan is interested in the intersections of sexuality, gender, and race. His work examines how seemingly subtle differences in evaluations of individuals based on their social characteristics lead to larger, more concrete implications, such as the acceptance or denial of legal rights or decisions related to hiring. He is also involved in methodological work developing a general framework for comparing marginal effects across models. Doan's work primarily uses experimental and survey methods, and he is Director of the Group Processes Lab in the Department of Sociology. He teaches courses in the sociology of emotions, social psychology, and research methods.

His current projects examine the impacts of COVID-19 and states’ and local governments’ social distancing efforts on behavior, time spent with others, use of technology, and mental and physical wellbeing. The pandemic’s negative consequences to public health and the economy has received much attention in public and academic spheres. Yet, we know little about the social consequences of COVID-19. How the virus will affect social life as we know remains to be seen, but it is important to examine the impacts it has on daily life in real time. Regardless of the timing and extent of social distancing restrictions, what is clear is that as restrictions are placed, Americans have to adapt their daily routines to navigate their new realities. Social distancing restrictions may increase social isolation, lead to an increase in divorce, and have negative consequences on mental and physical health due to anxiety related to the disease. In examining changes in behavior due to the pandemic, we can see if distinct clusters of social behaviors emerge and whether these types of behaviors relate to changes in mental health. We are particularly interested in exploring how the effects of COVID-19 varies by gender, sexuality, family structure (parental and marital status), race/ethnicity, and immigrant status–all key sociodemographic characteristics that affect time use and wellbeing. In doing so, we can provide evidence-based recommendations to address the social consequences of the unfolding pandemic.

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