As part of the ongoing research into the mental health affects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Assistant Professor Dr. Leia Saltzman, DSW Program Director Dr. Tonya Hansel, and Dean Dr. Patrick Bordnick have published "Loneliness, Isolation, and Social Support Factors in Post-COVID-19 Mental Health" in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
Social support plays a key role in well-being, yet one of the major preventative efforts for reducing the spread of COVID-19 involves social distancing. During times of crisis, social support is emphasized as a coping mechanism. This requires many people to change their typical ways of connectedness and assumes that people have existing healthy relationships or access to technology. The purpose of this article was to explore the potential impact of COVID-19 on loneliness and well-being.