Three Years of COVID-19: Lessons Learned From a Health Psychology Perspective - Presented by Division 8, Health Psychology

Three Years of COVID-19: Lessons Learned From a Health Psychology Perspective

In the three years since its emergence, the Covid-19 pandemic and mitigation measures have affected all aspects of the lives of people across the globe. Health psychology theory and research play a critical role in understanding the impacts of the pandemic and mitigation responses, including with respect to people’s mental health, health behaviors, and engagement with or rejection of protective measures. In many countries, behavioral science expertise was, however, insufficiently involved in responses to curb the pandemic and mitigate its impact.

As the spread of Covid-19 has markedly decreased, restrictions have been lifted, and the acute public health threat has attenuated in many parts of the world. It is now timely to assess and understand the long-term impacts of Covid-19 and mitigation responses from a health psychology perspective. The Covid-19 pandemic provides a critical opportunity to identify lessons learned that can guide responses, not only to potential future Covid-19 outbreaks, but also to pandemic and crisis preparedness more generally. Identifying shared lessons learned also advances theory and research on acute large-scale public health crises in health psychology and enables a much-needed strengthening of the translation of health psychology insights into government policies and public health interventions.

This webinar, organized by the Health Psychology division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, brings together leading health psychologists who are closely involved in the Covid-19 response in various countries. They continue to make important contributions to the Covid-19 response through their research, critical analysis and commentary, as well as advisory roles. These renowned experts will share their perspectives on key lessons learned that can guide response to future crises that pose acute and large scale health and social challenges.

Webinar Outline and Contributors:

  • Welcome and introduction: Chair, Prof John de Wit, Utrecht University
  • Speaker: Prof. Aleks Luszczynska, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Speaker: Prof. Sonia Lippke, Jacobs University Bremen
  • Speaker: Prof. Yiqun Gan, Peking University
  • Discussant: Prof. Susan Michie, University College London
  • Interactive discussion with all participants
  • Closing remarks: Chair, Prof John de Wit, Utrecht University

Presented on December 14, 2022

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