UC Irvine study tracks mental health of masses during pandemic

When Roxane Cohen Silver began researching psychological trauma in large groups 20 years ago, technology was different. … Silver, a University of California [Distinguished] Professor of psychological science, [medicine, and public health] is now looking into how COVID-19 has impacted the nation by reviewing findings from a sample of 6,500 people. She and her colleagues selected the group specifically to mirror the nation, including people from all 50 states. “We’re just describing the level of general distress they’re feeling, how depressed they are or how anxious they are,” said Smith. “We’re not making any kind of clinical diagnoses.”