Faculty Interview: How COVID-19 Can Affect Mental Health

Irene López, Kenyon Associate Professor of Psychology, was recently interviewed for Bustle magazine on issues related to COVID. The article, How Having COVID-19 can affect mental health is featured in the September 2020 issue and is available to read online. 

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“The thing about COVID is that it’s bringing to light all these racial disparities in health, but also exacerbating the problems that we already have,” says Irene Lopez, Ph.D., an associate professor at Kenyon College specializing in disaster psychology. Lopez points to early research showing that people of color are more likely to have more complicated cases of COVID, and that Black people who contract COVID are more likely to be hospitalized and have higher mortality rates than their white peers.

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