The Psychology of Pandemics for Mental Health Professionals


During the COVID-19 pandemic there have been heightened levels of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, along with other psychological problems. It is important for mental health professionals to understand how pandemics and pandemic management affects the mental health of clients, and to be able to use this information to better support ourselves and our clients in a practical manner during this time.

Hear our esteemed speaker address these topics and more within the webinar.

  • Dr. Steven Taylor – Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

This session includes a lecture from the speaker and a question and answer session with participants in the original Zoom presentation.

Mental health professionals in this workshop will develop a greater understanding of:

  • The similarities and differences between COVID-19 and past pandemics.

  • Likely scenarios for the “post-pandemic” world and its impact on patients.

  • Major psychological syndromes relevant to understand COVID-19 distress and the impacts of social disruption. This includes a discussion of COVID Stress Syndrome and COVID Disregard Syndrome.

  • Clinical approaches to addressing pandemic-related distress and social disruption.

  • Motivational roots of anti-mask, anti-vaccination, and anti-lockdown attitudes and the role of public health messaging.

  • Innovations in mental health programs aimed to address the short- and long-term mental health problems associated with pandemics, including COVID-19.

Earn 3 Continuing Education (CE) credits from the Canadian Psychological Association for viewing this event.

Presenter information

Steven Taylor, Ph.D

Steven Taylor, Ph.D., is a Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Taylor’s work has focused largely on anxiety disorders and related clinical conditions, and also on the psychology of pandemics. He has authored over 300 scientific publications and more than 20 books, which have been translated into several languages. His most recent book, published a few weeks before the outbreak of COVID-19 is The psychology of pandemics: Preparing for the next global outbreak of infectious disease, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Canadian federal government’s expert panel on COVID-19. You can learn more about Dr. Taylor, including his books, articles, and other publications at drsteventaylor.com or see a recent Q&A session addressed at parents supporting their kids through the pandemic. Or watch his Sept 2020 TEDx interview.