Mental Health & COVID-19 Research Collaborative MassCPR Sub-Working Group


New event announcement:

A BMJ #CovidUnknowns webinar focused on Mental Health

Thursday May 13th 11am ET

Sub-Working Group Co-Lead Professor Vikram Patel will be presenting at this webinar on Thursday May 13th at 11am ET. There is considerable concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health – both as a direct consequence of the disease, and as an indirect consequence of the pandemic response (e.g., lockdown, school closures). Research is ongoing into both of these areas in different groups – in children, adults, and older adults. We need to understand both the immediate impact of the pandemic, as well as the possible longer-term consequences that may unfold over several years.

Mental Health Sub-Working Group:

Dr. Vikram PatelDr. Cindy Liu, and Dr. Christina Borba are co-leads of this sub-group focused on the many complex aspects of tackling the mental health issues arising from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first meeting was held on Friday May 29th with an introduction to a number of current and proposed projects by individuals interested in participating in this collaborative community of Boston based researchers.

The group is an open network for anyone in the Massachusetts area working on mental health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’d like more information or for information about an upcoming monthly meeting please contact Juliana Restivo.

Our next meeting will be Thursday May 20th. This meeting will include a presentation from Dr. Alexander Millner who will be presenting on Increase in Suicidal Thinking During COVID-19.

Meeting agenda:

  • 30 minutes: Research presentation on a project focused broadly on mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaker arranged by the Chairs.
  • 25 minutes: Informal, open discussion on proposals, research ideas, measures, analysis, questions for feedback and more. Working group members can submit their proposals/research ideas/questions for the group for discussion ahead of time or bring them up on the call. All who join the call are welcome to contribute.

This sub-group sits under the Epidemiology working group co-lead by Dr. Megan Murray and Dr. Michael Mina. 

Mission of MassCPR:

The goal of the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR) is to develop and invest in both the research process and supporting infrastructure to address the current global COVID-19 pandemic, and better position the Consortium for potential future outbreaks.
The initial efforts of the MassCPR are aimed at elucidating the basic biology of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the pathogenesis of the resulting disease, developing new diagnostic tools, vaccines, and antiviral therapies, creating and using animal and other model systems, understanding disease epidemiology, and leveraging clinical expertise to improve medical management