Podcast collaboration explores research, policy and democracy during pandemic

May 29, 2020

COVID-19 has sparked a wide range of extreme political actions in the first half of 2020. From inconsistent shelter-in-place orders to unprecedented economic stimulus actions to debates over masks and armed protests at state capitols, the pandemic has brought the relationship between scientific…

Take Note: Penn State Prof. Jenny Van Hook On Coronavirus And The Census

May 27, 2020

SSRI cofund and PRI affiliate Jenny Van Hook is interviewed for WPSU's Take Note on the consequences of a Census undercount. Van Hook is the Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State and a former member of the Census Advisory Board. She was an expert witness in the legal fight…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on special education services

May 26, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on special education service delivery in Pennsylavania. Early reports suggest that students may re-enter school in the fall of 2020 almost a full year behind academically. However, Penn State researchers…

Connell to research impact of social distancing

May 22, 2020

COVID-19 research to evaluate impact of public health responses to pandemic on children
Christian Connell, associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, has been funded by the Social Science Research Institute and …

Why Social Science? Because We Will Need to Do Better in the Next Crisis

May 22, 2020

By John Haaga, PhD
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a surge of interest in the press and social media in comparisons with other countries. When did the new virus reach other countries, how did they handle it, and how well did they do? I have lost count of the number of times I have read that the…

COVID-19 Data 4 Action Project will help inform local decision-making

May 20, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented disruption to Centre County, impacting every aspect of our daily lives and economic well-being. A new project will give a voice to community members, allowing them to share their experiences and impact decision-making as the region moves…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on substance abuse

May 18, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on those affected by substance abuse disorder. They point out it is essential that treatment and intervention, recovery services, and prevention mechanisms remain accessible, operational, and optimized.…

COVID-19's distinctive footprint on immigrants in the United States

May 14, 2020

Read the op-ed in The HIll, co-authored by Diana Fishbein, on the harsh reality for immigrants - while they assume valuable positions in our society, they accept lower wages and their work poses greater hazards and fewer protections against injury, including the contraction and circulation of…

Pandemic lockdown increases child abuse and family violence

May 14, 2020

Articles in U.S. News, The Atlantic, and the American Psychological Association quote SSRI cofunds Brian Allen, Jennie Noll, and Yo Jackson on how the pandemic is creating situations of isolation and parental stress, which are major risk factors for child abuse.

Information on COVID-19 from WPSU

May 14, 2020

WPSU Radio
WPSU Radio produces coronavirus related Health Minute broadcasts:
Handwashing https://radio.wpsu.org/post/health-minute-handwashing
Sleep and Immune System https://radio.wpsu.org/post/health-minute-sleep-immune-system
Social Distancing https://radio.wpsu.org/post/health-minute-social-…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on cancer treatment

May 13, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on treating cancer, the leading cause of death in the developed world. Given the potential of COVID-19 to infect both patients and staff members, cancer facilities are currently triaging the care of cancer…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the Criminal Justice System

May 11, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the criminal justice system (CJS), focusing on its efforts to contain the spread of the virus through the three core components of the CJS — courts, corrections, and policing — as well as opportunities…

COVID-19 Resources website highlights social science response

May 6, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19, Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) has launched a new website that provides resources for researchers, policy-makers and the general public to inform and to address impacts of the pandemic—with a focus on its broader implications for individuals,…

Viral Imaginations: COVID-19

May 4, 2020

Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 is a gallery and archive about Pennsylvanians’ experiences during coronavirus. The goal is to gather expressive work—creative writing and visual art—to capture the experience of PA residents and students during the pandemic, and to serve as a gathering point and, in the…

Free online resources for families address the pandemic

Apr 28, 2020

The Penn State Thrive Initiative is a continuum of evidence-informed parenting programs that are designed to empower parents and caregivers as they nurture children from the prenatal period until 18 years of age. The site contains tips for parents working from home, how to talk to your children…

Census Bureau Launches New COVID-19 Data Hub

Apr 27, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau released a new resource page on Census.gov to help federal agencies, businesses, and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the Census Bureau’s resources pages created during natural disasters, this resource page includes information on…

How to Help People Do What They Need to Do to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Apr 27, 2020

"You tell me what you need people to do, and I’ll tell you how to help them do it.” Although a simplification, this statement by social and behavioral scientists to our infectious disease colleagues illustrates the nature of our collaboration during an infectious disease outbreak like the current…

Penn State nutritionist shares tips for feeding kids while stuck at home

Apr 27, 2020

Balancing finicky kid appetites with proper nutrition can be a challenge in the best of times. But now, with the majority of schools and day cares closed across Pennsylvania, many parents working from home, and schedules thrown in disarray, it may seem downright impossible.
Kathleen Keller,…

‘PROSPER’ Program continues to respond to families’ educational needs

Apr 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions for Pennsylvanians, including the closing of schools and the interruption of other educational programs. Penn State’s PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) project is continuing to connect and engage…

Researchers to study impact of COVID-19 and social distancing on families

Apr 23, 2020

Since social distancing has been implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, many families are experiencing high levels of stress and conflict — arguments and conflict between parents, between parents and children, and between siblings.
And though social distancing is a frequently used intervention…

Research information outlines Pennsylvania specifics related to COVID-19

Apr 22, 2020

Many Pennsylvania residents are facing an increased risk for severe symptoms of the novel coronavirus, while having limited access to medical services, and policy briefs from Penn State’s Pennsylvania Population Network (PPN) demonstrate why.
Raeven Chandler, assistant research professor and…

Why Social Science? Because Institutional Racism Exacerbates our Health and Economic Challenges

Apr 21, 2020

By Allison, Plyer, ScD, Chief Demographer, The Data Center of Southeast Louisiana
The COVID-19 epidemic is hitting African Americans particularly hard. As of this writing, 70% of all COVID-19 deaths in Louisiana are black residents in a state where only one-third of the population is black. To date…

Connell to study impacts of COVID-19 and child maltreatment

Apr 16, 2020

Many populations are impacted by the effects of COVID-19 and the crisis response, but children may be especially vulnerable to poor outcomes during this time.
Christian Connell, associate professor of human development and family studies and associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions…

Penn State researchers evaluating Twitter data during pandemic

Apr 16, 2020

By collecting global Twitter data from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Penn State researchers have developed a dashboard that tracks geotagged tweets to allow researchers and policymakers assess public reactions to the pandemic.
“Geotagged Twitter data provides significant opportunities to…

New guide curates COVID-19 related resources for researchers

Apr 15, 2020

Penn State University Libraries has developed a curated guide to COVID-19 related resources for researchers, including ongoing research at Penn State.
A collaboration between the Libraries’ STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) experts at University Park and the Harrell Health…