Lockdowns, social distancing, travel restrictions ... It is unsurprising that measures to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection have affected social interactions, bred new anxieties, and limited human contact. There’s only so much that video calls can make up for.
How have societies and individuals suffered this year? How has solitude and suspicion changed us individually and collectively? What may be the long-term consequences on our wellness and mental health? Let’s discuss.
Thomas Barnay is a full professor in economics at Université Paris-Est Créteil (France). Since 2018, he has led the only economic research unit (ERUDITE - Equipe de Recherche sur l’Utilisation des Données Individuelles en lien avec la Théorie Economique) in Paris-Est area, which is composed of about 60 researchers. As a researcher, he is an expert in health and the labor market, the aging population, and access to care with a focus on public health policy.
He currently leads the Health Economics and Public Health Pillar of LIFE (LIfe trajectories and health VulnErability) Graduate School after obtaining a prestigious grant from the Research Ministry. He will be a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice of the Commonwealth Fund at Harvard Medical School during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Amy Kleine holds a master’s in counseling psychology from Seton Hall University. She is a certified mental health counselor in Italy through the Assocounseling association at the level of Supervisor Counselor. She works at Syracuse University in Florence as the assistant director for health and wellness. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the American College Counseling Association, and has had a private practice seeing both American and Italian clients.
Through her extensive experience working with American college students and with Italian counselors, she has developed an increasingly humanistic theoretical approach toward the expression of pain, of trying to make sense of life and most recently, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, has studied for and obtained numerous certificates in stress reduction and coping during this pandemic.