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Mental Health and COVID-19

COVID-19 and Mental Health Research


Members of the COVID-19 Mental Health Measurement Working Group are working to ensure that measurement of mental health measures is a key part of large-scale national and international data collections relative to COVID-19 and then conducting research studies on mental health during the pandemic. 

Read more about our current measurements.

Datasets that we have access to or experience with, or are collaborating with: 

Pew Research Center American Trends Survey
Understanding America Study
Texas Mental Health Survey
  • About the survey: An interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty at Bloomberg School of Public Health and University of Texas Tyler Department of Political Science surveyd a statewide random sample of Texas residents (N=1197), with follow-ups planned. Measures include items on beliefs about COVID-19, preventive behaviors and social distancing, mental distress, employment changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, substance use, partner violence, and gun ownership. 

  • Data available upon request

  • Contact: Renee M. Johnson

Carnegie Mellon/Facebook US COVID symptom survey
University of Maryland/Facebook international COVID symptom survey
COVID impact survey

Check back soon for more information. 

Find more information about the datasets, measurements, and other information here.

Research Publications

Kira E Riehm, MSc, Calliope Holingue, PhD, Emily J Smail, BSc, Arie Kapteyn, PhD, Daniel Bennett, PhD, Johannes Thrul, PhD, Frauke Kreuter, PhD, Emma E McGinty, PhD, Luther G Kalb, PhD, Cindy B Veldhuis, PhD, Renee M Johnson, PhD, M Daniele Fallin, PhD, Elizabeth A Stuart, PhD, Trajectories of Mental Distress Among U.S. Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2021;, kaaa126,

Riehm, K.E., Brenneke, S.G., Adams, L.B., Gilan, D., Lieb, K., Kunzler, A.M., Smail, E.J., Holingue, C., Stuart, E.A., Kalb, L.G. and Thrul, J., 2021. Association between psychological resilience and changes in mental distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Affective Disorders282, pp.381-385.

Holingue, C., Kalb, L.G., Riehm, K.E., Bennett, D., Kapteyn, A., Veldhuis, C.B., Johnson, R.M., Fallin, M.D., Kreuter, R., Stuart, E.A., and Thrul, J. (2020)  Mental Distress in the United States at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic.     American Journal of Public Health. DOI

 Liu, Y., Finch, B.K., Brenneke, S.G., Thomas, K., and  Le, PT.D. (2020) Perceived Discrimination and Mental Distress Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence From the Understanding America Study. 2020 Oct;59(4):481-492. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.06.007. Epub 2020 Jul 6.

Holingue, C., Badillo-Goicoechea, E., **Riehm, K.E., Veldhuis, C., Thrul, J., Johnson, R.M., Fallin, D.M., Kreuter, F., Stuart, E.A., and Kalb, L.G. (2020). Mental Distress during the COVID-19 Pandemic among US Adults without a Pre-existing Mental Health Condition: Findings from American Trend Panel Survey. Forthcoming in Preventive Medicine. Available online 3 August 2020.

Riehm, K.E.., Holingue, C., Kalb, L.G., Bennett, D., Kapteyn, A., Jiang, Q., Veldhuis,C., Johnson, R.M., Fallin, M.D., Kreuter, F., Stuart, E.A., and Thrul, J. (2020). Associations Between Media Exposure and Mental Distress Among U.S. Adults at the Beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic American Journal of Preventive Medicine. DOI:

Kreuter, F., Barkay, N., Bilinski, A., Bradford, A., Chiu, S., Eliat, R., Fan, J., Galili, T., Haimovich, D., Kim, B., LaRocca, S., Li, Y., Morris, K., Presser, S., Sarig, T., Salomon, J.A., Stewart, K., Stuart, E.A., and Tibshirani, R. (2020). Partnering with a global platform to inform research and public policy making. Survey Research Methods : Journal of the European Survey Research Association 14(2) : Survey Research Methods during the COVID-19 crisis : 159-163.

McGinty, E.E., Presskreischer, R., Han, H., and Barry, C.L. (2020). Psychological distress and loneliness reported by US adults in 2018 and April 2020. Journal of the American Medical Association. Published online June 3, 2020.