PsyPan Network

Psychology of Pandemics Network

Psychology of Pandemics Network

The PsyPan Network comprises mental health scientists, clinicians, and trainees from universities throughout Canada and the United States. Our network is led by Dr. Gordon Asmundson (University of Regina) and Dr. Steven Taylor (University of British Columbia).

Our mission is to provide an evidence-based knowledge hub that facilitates understanding of the role that psychological factors play in pandemics in order to meet the information needs of health-care scientists and professionals, decision-makers, and the public.

We are currently completing several studies in Canada and the U.S. to help better understand the psychology of pandemics, like COVID-19. The first study is a multi-wave population representative survey of Canadian and U.S. adult residents (view study details) hosted by Qualtrics. The second and most recent study is a survey of university students (view study details) for which we are actively recruiting participants. If you are a current or recently graduated university student and would like to participate, click here. The survey will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.

Through our research, we are compiling publications and resources to provide information about COVID-19 and pandemics to our colleagues, decision-makers, and the public.

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COVID-19 Self-Assessments

Below are two anonymous online screening tools provided to help identify symptoms of COVID-19-related stress and general distress. These tools are intended to educate and are not designed to provide a clinical diagnosis. An accurate diagnosis for anxiety and stress and trauma-related conditions, which may include extreme distress in response to COVID-19, can only be made by a qualified, registered, and licensed mental health professional after a complete and comprehensive evaluation.

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In the Media


The psychology of post-pandemic life — why you might feel anxious about re-entry

Regina researcher Gordon Asmundson discusses reasons behind anti-mask attitudes

Report recommends prioritizing physical activity in the context of the pandemic

'Cave syndrome': Why some people may choose to stay home even after COVID-19 ends

UBC experts on COVID-19

Why B.C.'s summer of renewal likely won't look the same for everyone

As end of COVID-19 comes into focus, are we ready to party yet?


Why pandemic fatigue makes it harder to follow restrictions right now

Belligerent behaviour builds up across B.C.



COVID-19: One Year Later — From fear to fatigue and pandemic perceptions

Green shoots of hope for a pandemic-free summer in Canada, but leaders urge caution

Pandemic's psychological toll likely to soon lift

B.C. isn't set up to cope with post-pandemic demand for mental health support, psychologist fears

Articles older than 3 months can be found in the Archived News Articles below.

Archived News Articles

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