What do you need to successfully navigate the uncertainty of pandemics?

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a “perfect storm” of stressors, both short- and long-term, predictable and unpredictable. As the most basic elements of daily life became uncertain, a team of professors from Oregon State University’s School of Psychological Science developed a course for students and community members — with more than 3,300 enrolling — to help explain what happens within our brains during stressful periods, how stress affects the body, how the prolonged trauma of quarantine can impact children and families, and to offer some evidence-based coping skills.

This forum recognizes May as National Mental Health month.


  • Dr. Kathy Becker Blease: Director of the School of Psychological Science, OSU
    Regan Gurung: Director of General Psychology Program, OSU
    Kate Gallagher: Coordinator of Contemplative Studies Initiative, OSU


Christine Coffin, Director of Communications, Oregon State University – Cascades

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