Insights from Experts is a translational research product with the goal of sharing Penn State’s knowledge and expertise with a broad audience. Each post is designed to be accessible, approachable, and relevant to various stakeholders, including policy-makers, practitioners, research funders, academia, and community members. Initially launched in 2020 and focused primarily on the societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the effort is intended to be connected to the dynamic needs of society, so Insights from Experts will be expanding to cover additional topics within and outside of social science and the pandemic. The effort is an initiative of the Social Science Research Institute and the Center for Health Care and Policy Research. Please check back here for future updates.

Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the Criminal Justice System

Examining Courts, Policing, and Corrections

Author: Gary Zajac, Ph.D. / Derek Kreager, Ph.D. / Glenn Sterner, Ph.D.


The global Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has had an unprecedented impact on the operations of national, state and local governments across all domains of public policy. In this post, we focus on the impacts to the criminal justice system (CJS) as of early April. Because this situation is evolving rapidly, the information presented here may change daily. Although we focus on impacts within Pennsylvania, it is likely that at least some of the impacts discussed are generalizable to the CJS…

Delaying treatment initiation for cancer patients: Implications for the COVID-19 pandemic

Helping Clinicians Maintain Continuity of Care for Patients

Author: Nicholas G. Zaorsky, M.D. MS / Ming Wang, M.S. Ph.D. / Vonn Walter, Ph.D. / Niraj J. Gusani, M.D. FACS / Daniel E. Spratt, M.D. / Alok Khorana, M.D. / Christopher S. Hollenbeak, Ph.D.


The emergence of COVID-19 has required a re-prioritization of healthcare resources in many dimensions. Cancer is a leading cause of death in the developed world, and cancer patients have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Early studies from Wuhan suggest that patients with cancer are at greater risk of acquiring coronavirus and also death from subsequent COVID-19 infections1 2 . Clinicians have therefore tried to minimize risk of infection among newly diagnosed cancer patients…