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Stressed and Depressed: The Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health

September 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Stress and related mental health struggles are of growing concern. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a sudden and rending effect on our well-being. Research on the effects of the pandemic on college and university students will be used to illustrate a “stress framework,” to understand “normal” stressors alongside those galvanized by the pandemic. Our two speakers will discuss the ways in which our mind and body interact when stressed, the disparities among those most affected, and interventions to foster resilience and increase our ability to cope — in multiple ways — with the cumulative effects of the pandemic overlaying our current lives.


  • Paula Nurius, PhD, is a professor in the University of Washington School of Social Work. Her research includes studying the effects of stress and trauma, focusing on vulnerable and socially disadvantaged populations.
  • Megan Kennedy is the director of the UW Resilience Lab and co-chair of the UW Student Well-Being Collaborative. Kennedy’s focus is in leading strategic initiatives to support student mental health and well-being.

Register at This webinar is open to everyone and admission is free. Questions? Email


September 23, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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