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IU experts available to comment on mental health aspects of the novel coronavirus pandemic

March 13, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The psychological implications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are immense and potentially dire, ranging from acute individual anxiety about possible symptoms and the necessity for social distancing to communitywide panic-buying of food, health care products and other staples of daily life as well as the severe trauma caused when a loved one becomes ill or dies. What are the signs of trauma, stress and panic to watch out for? How can individuals mitigate the negative psychological impact of this crisis? Indiana University has experts available to discuss this issue. For more information, contact Darrin Pack at 414-870-2653 or darpack@iu.edu.

Edward Hirt

Self-regulation, sports fanship and allegiance, self-esteem, self-handicapping, social psychology, decision making, consumer judgment, political ideology.

IU Bloomington

Email: ehirt@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Edward Hirt got his B.S. from the University of Dayton and his Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington. After brief stints at Penn State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, he came back to IU in 1991, where he has been ever since. He has authored over 75 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has recently written a book titled "Self-Regulation and Ego Control." He has been called upon an expert witness for several trials (mostly in terms of trademark infringement) and has been featured in numerous sports media outlets, including the recent "Confessions of a Cubs Fan" film documentary. (more)

Jacek Kolacz

Effects of trauma, risk and resilience, neural regulation of vocal acoustic features, sensory and body awareness, quantitative methods for longitudinal data, psychometrics.

IU Bloomington

Email: jkolacz@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Jacek Kolacz is an assistant research scientist, a member of the Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium and the Socioneural Physiology Laboratory at IU Bloomington. He studies how life experiences shape biological systems, psychological well-being and physical health over time. (more)

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