COVID-19 Community Impact

COVID-19 is changing our society and challenging long-held traditions and habits. It will impact us for years beyond the immediate crisis. In the short term, Columbia faculty and students are mounting efforts to offer legal assistance, assess economic impacts, advocate for social justice, improve accessibility to resources and treatment, identify employment solutions, and explore effective mental health assistance. Over the longer-term, Columbia is committed to helping determine how to support and connect global communities to create a better post-COVID-19 society.

M. Katherine Shear


"Response to loss is complex and multifaceted, encompassing a range of thoughts, feelings, actions, and physiological changes. While grief is complicated, we all have an innate ability to adapt to even the most painful loss. To help us adapt, we need social support. Reach out to those who are experiencing grief not to give advice but to listen patiently and compassionately."

M. Katherine Shear, Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry in Social Work; Founding Director, Center for Complicated Grief

Columbia University Research Community: COVID-19 Research Projects

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