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


Some people finding personal growth in pandemic gloom: study

'Game changer': COVID-19 pandemic may have lifelong impact for some, B.C. psychologist says

Violent public outbursts and unruly behavior may keep some from reentering society—but likely not for long, experts say

Entering post-COVID world sparks anxiety for some, but uneasiness is normal reaction: experts


Mask Refusal

CMHF’s Men’s Health Month Targets Mental Health

‘Hygiene Theatre’ Helps People Feel Safe During COVID-19, Says Psychologist

The Latest on Coronavirus Outbreak for May 21

Many Long for Taste of Pre-Pandemic Normalcy. Here’s Why Others Can’t Bear to Think of It

Numbers Won’t Tell Us When the Pandemic is Over

‘No Masks for the Vaccinated’: What the Latest US Mask Guidance Means

Why Our Public Memory is Key to Post-Pandemic Recovery

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?


Timeline of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada

A Phenomenon Called Psychological Reactance Might Help Explain the Mindset of Anti-Maskers

Protections for Borrowers Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency Under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Regulation X

No, OCD in a Pandemic Doesn’t Necessarily Get Worse with all that Extra Handwashing

COVID-19: Has ‘FOGO’ Got You No-Go? Here’s What You Can Do About a Fear of Going Out

Why pandemic fatigue makes it harder to follow restrictions right now

Belligerent behaviour builds up across B.C.


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