Collaborative COVID-19 Research
By Anna Leon-Guerrero
Dean, Division of Social Sciences
Psi Chi, the International Honors Society for Psychology
Psi Chi, the International Honors Society for Psychology, recently announced a Network for International Collaborative Exchange (NICE) research proposal (https://osf.io/gdske/) to study beliefs and coping responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This proposal was authored by Dr. Corey Cook (PLU Psychology) and will be executed across the world by any qualified researcher that is interested in participating. In less than one month, researchers from 13 US states plus four locations in other countries signed up to contribute samples during data collection. The researchers will investigate how psychological factors (e.g., perceived risk, knowledge, beliefs) and personal need for structure relate to psychological, behavioral, and health outcomes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When data collection is completed, Dr. Cook will lead the team of contributing authors to prepare a final manuscript. This will be the fourth NICE project ever completed and was adopted as a special submission due to the need for a prompt response to the pandemic. With this project, PLU students and faculty will join their peers across the world to better understand the human response to this pandemic.