Pandemics

 

General Resources

APA

Overview of APA’s actions around COVID-19
 How APA and the field of psychology are responding by applying psychological knowledge to this pressing challenge – with respect to the operations of the association, the work of our profession and discipline, and the well-being of broader society.

Psychologists emphasize more self-care for older adults
Older Americans may be of the mindset that “age 60 is the new 40.” But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be vigilant about their physical and psychological health during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

FAQs practicing psychologists have about COVID-19
Answers to recent COVID-19-inspired questions.

APA calls for destigmatizing coronavirus
Association president warns against spreading xenophobia along with virus.

Self-care advice for health-care providers during COVID-19
Concrete strategies to help manage stress.

Combatting bias and stigma related to COVID-19
How to stop the xenophobia that’s spreading along with the coronavirus.

For psychological scientists: COVID-19 FAQ
Guidance for researchers, faculty and students.

Psychologists’ advice for newly remote workers
As employers close offices to slow the spread of COVID-19, here’s advice from I/O psychologists on how both managers and employees can work more effectively during this time.

How leaders can maximize trust and minimize stress during the COVID-19 pandemic
Psychologists’ research shows how to boost leaders’ communication in times of crisis.

Using the psychological science of crisis leadership and communications to navigate the coronavirus (PDF, 1.7MB)
On March 20, 2020, APA President Sandra L. Schullman, PhD, and APA CEO Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, moderated a webinar panel of experts, Ellen Peters, PhD; Baruch Fischhoff, PhD; and Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, who discussed how public officials and leaders can promote clear communication while fostering coping and resilience.

COVID-19 isn’t just a danger to older people’s physical health 
As the world grapples with COVID-19, psychologists are pointing to a major new report that underscores the prevalence — and risks — of loneliness in older people and urges health-care providers to take action to help.

Keeping your distance to stay safe
With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing every day, psychologists offer insights on how to separate yourself from others, while still getting the social support you need.

Seven crucial research findings that can help people deal with COVID-19
Psychological research on past crises can help people cope with the daily — sometimes hourly — news flashes about the coronavirus.

Psychologist leads innovative approach to tackle psychological toll of COVID-19
A clinical psychologist and behavioral health consultant develop a virtual town hall to address anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges among people being held at a national quarantine center.

Five ways to view coverage of the coronavirus
Tips to help you manage anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook.

Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety
In this podcast episode, psychologist Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, explains why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety and what are the psychological effects of being quarantined.

Coronavirus threat escalates fears — and bigotry
Psychologists look to their research to help quell anxiety about a possible pandemic.

Conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic
Advice from psychological researchers on protecting participants, animals and research plans.

APA applauds Congress for funding efforts to fight coronavirus
Urges public to avoid panic, rely on scientific advice.

GeroCentral

GeroCentral Covid-19 Resources
Resources for clinicians, older adults and families.

Institute for Disaster Mental Health

COVID-19: Managing stress in this anxious time (PDF, 187KB)
The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz provides practical tips for coping with the stress brought on by the pandemic.

Tip for Community Members: COVID-19: Managing Stress in this Anxious Time (PDF, 240KB)
Guidance and tips to help manage stress and uncertainty related to the coronavirus.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Pandemic Resources
Web page dedicated to information about pandemics.

SAMHSA

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for so social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infections disease outbreak
This resource informs about social distancing, quarantine, and isolation in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. It discusses feelings and thoughts that may arise during this time and suggests ways to cope and support oneself during such an experience.

World Health Organization

Briefing note on addressing mental health and psychosocial aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak
This resource provides summaries of key mental health and psychosocial support considerations in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Coping with stress during the 2019-nCOV outbreak (PDF, 52KB)
Quick tips for managing your stress related to the coronavirus.


 

 

Psychology Educators and Students

 

 

APA

COVID-19 Education FAQs 
These frequently asked questions address issues affecting graduate students, postdocs, interns and faculty with supervision and training responsibilities.

Student loan interest waiver and 60-day payment suspension: How it will affect your loans
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, the U.S. government has been responding in a variety of ways, including two things that may help you manage your student loan payments.

APA electronic resources available for distance learning 
Free access to a variety of books and other academic materials offered during shut-down period.

Psychology lesson plans made available to all teachers by APA 
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) has made psychology unit lessons available freely for the benefit all teachers.

APA offers free access to Publication Manual and other resources through May 25 
To support academic libraries and their many patrons, we are providing temporary free access to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th and 7th editions), the Concise Guide to APA Style, and more than 160 other books published by APA Books through VitalSource and RedShelf.


 

Practitioners and Healthcare Professionals

APA

Practice resources in response to COVID-19
Information from APA on COVID-19 and its impact on professional practice.

APA to States, Insurers: Provide Access to Mental Health Care During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
Use of telecommunications will help prevent spread of virus, APA asserts.

Advocate for Medicare coverage of mental health services
Ask Congress: Maximize telehealth access in COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 relevant free journal articles
This free collection includes relevant psychological research published across the APA Journals portfolio. We will update this collection on an ongoing basis.

Free CE series on telepsychology best practice
For a limited time, APA'S four-part Continuing Education in Psychology series "Telepsychology Best Practice 101" is available free of charge.

APA telepsychology information and resources
Use of remote technologies for therapy (such as phone, videoconferencing and apps) is growing. Investigate the possibilities, ethical issues and opportunities for your practice.

CE Corner: The risks of social isolation
Psychologists are studying how to combat loneliness in those most at risk, such as older adults.

What the COVID-19 telehealth waiver means for psychology practitioners
Emergency legislation and guidelines are temporarily expanding psychologists’ ability to provide telehealth services to Medicare patients so they can receive treatment at home during the public health emergency.

COVID-19 isn’t just a danger to older people’s physical health
As the world grapples with COVID-19, psychologists are pointing to a major new report that underscores the prevalence — and risks — of loneliness in older people and urges health-care providers to take action to help.

COVID-19 and psychology services: How to protect your patients and your practice
Public health officials are monitoring the spread of the coronavirus. Psychologists can take steps now to prepare their practices, address patient concerns and manage anxiety in their communities.

Office and technology checklist for telepsychological services
Items to consider when setting up telepsychological service for remote clients. PDF version (PDF, 139KB)

Informed consent checklist for telepsychological services
Many states require documentation for informed consent. You may want to create such a form for your practice.

Comparing the latest telehealth solutions
In this "Let's Get Technical" column from APA Services Inc., our panel of experts reviews three telehealth platforms: Doxy.me, thera-LINK and Zoom.

ASPPB

Licensure Related Matters and COVID19
This web page covers issues surrounding licensure during this pandemic.

CDC

Coronavirus: Information for Healthcare Professionals
This web page provides interim guidance for healthcare professionals on what they should know about the coronavirus, how to treat patients with possible infection, how they can protect themselves and other information.

CMS

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet
Medicare coverage and payment of virtual services.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency
Guidance on enforcement discretion regarding noncompliance with HIPAA rules and telehealth.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

COVID-19: Occupational Licensing During Public Emergencies
Information on Occupational Licensing During Public Emergencies.

Research Article

COVID-19 Tips: Building Rapport with Youth via Telehealth
Downloadable tipsheet for clinicians working with youth during COVID-19.
Seager van Dyk, Ilana & Kroll, Juliet & Martinez, Ruben & Emerson, Natacha & Bursch, Bren-da. (2020). COVID-19 Tips: Building Rapport with Youth via Telehealth. 10.13140/RG.2.2.23293.10727.


 

Psychology Supervisors and Trainees

APA

Student loan interest waiver and 60-day payment suspension: How it will affect your loans
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, the U.S. government has been responding in a variety of ways, including two things that may help you manage your student loan payments.

APA Commission on Accreditation COVID-19 updates 
The CoA is having discussions to formulate guidance regarding accreditation and OPCA staff are working to communicate this guidance as it is formulated.

Advice for psychology supervisors and trainees on caring for patients during the COVID-19 crisis
As public health and education officials continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, here is advice for supervisors and trainees at psychology training programs on how to prepare for and adapt to fluctuating circumstances specific to patient care.

Response to COVID-19 outbreak (PDF, 163KB)
The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA) has received calls wanting to know about compliance with accreditation policies and procedures in light of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


 

 

Preparedness and Safety Resources

CDC

Pandemic Preparedness Resources
Resources and tools on pandemic preparedness.

When and How to Wash Your Hands
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect from getting sick. Learn when and how to wash your hands to stay healthy.

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
Help information on how to protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading illnesses like the coronavirus. Includes information on how to get one’s household ready, schools, university, places of work, and large community/ mass gathering events.

Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs)
This page provides information for public health officials and other decision makers with educational tools, resources, pandemic planning guides, checklists, and select research about the types of NPIs and how they work in different settings.

World Health Organization

Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 (PDF, 604KB)
This resource provides information for businesses and employers on how they can play a role in preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace, what employers should consider when it comes to employee travel, and what to do if the community becomes affected.

Red Cross

Coronavirus: Safety and Readiness Tips for You
Information and tips to help you prepare and prevent infection during the coronavirus outbreak.

MIT Technology Review

How to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic
Information and tips for how to practice social distancing when one is in public.


 

 

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus
This resources provides guidance on how to talk to a child or teen about the coronavirus if they may be feeling anxious or stressed.

InfoAboutKids.org

Parents and COVID 19: Helping Your Children
Resource for parents on how to talk to children about the coronavirus, manage worries and in-cludes prevention tips.

National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
A resource for parents on how best to talk to children about the coronavirus.

The National Child and Traumatic Stress Network

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (PDF, 144KB)
This resource provides information for parents and caregivers about outbreaks, how they can prepare to reduce stress and anxiety, how it may affect your family both physically and emotionally and ways to cope.

National Parent Teacher Association 

6 Ways to Help Your Child Manage Their Anxiety During COVID-19
Tip sheet for parents and caregivers to help manage children's stress an anxieties during COVID-19. This tip sheet was made possible through a partnership between the APA and National PTA.  

New York Times

Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus
This article details advice from experts on how parents can help teens be prepared and have the right information about the coronavirus.

NPR

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
A resource for children about coronavirus, what it is and how to protect oneself.

SAMHSA

Talking with Caregivers, Parents. And Teachers during Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PDF, 13MB)
Resource provides helpful information how to talk with children of different age groups.