Mental Health and Clinical Psychological Science in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges, Opportunities, and a Call to Action
COVID-19 presents significant social, economic, and medical challenges. Because COVID-19 has already begun to precipitate huge increases in mental health problems, clinical psychological science must assert a leadership role in guiding a national response to this secondary crisis. In this article, COVID-19 is conceptualized as a unique, compounding, multidimensional stressor that will create a vast need for intervention and necessitate new paradigms for mental health service delivery and training. Urgent challenge areas across developmental periods are discussed, followed by a review of psychological symptoms that likely will increase in prevalence and require innovative solutions in both science and practice. Implications for new research directions, clinical approaches, and policy issues are discussed to highlight the opportunities for clinical psychological science to emerge as an updated, contemporary field capable of addressing the burden of mental illness and distress in the wake of COVID-19 and beyond.
Gruber, J., Prinstein, M.J., Clark, L.A., Rottenberg, J., Abramowitz, J.S., Albano, A.M., Aldao, A., Borelli, J.L., Davila, J., Forbes, E.E., Gee, D.G., Hall, G.C.N., Hallion, L.S., Hinshaw, S.P., Hofmann, S.G., Hollon, S.D., Joormann, J., Kazdin, A.E., Klein, D.N., Levenson, R.W., MacDonald, A.W., McKay, D., McLaughlin, K.A., Mendle, J., Miller, A.B., Neblett, E., Nock, M., Olatunji, B.O., Persons, J.B., Rozek, D.C., Shleider, J.L., Slavich, G.M., Teachman, B.A., Vine, V.J., & Weinstock, L. (in press). Clinical psychological science’s call to action in the time of COVID-19. American Psychologist. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000707
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Gruber, J., Prinstein, M. J., Clark, L. A., Rottenberg, J., Abramowitz, J. S., Albano, A. M., . . . Weinstock, L. M. (2020). Mental health and clinical psychological science in the time of COVID-19: Challenges, opportunities, and a call to action. American Psychologist. Advance online publication © 2020 American Psychological Association. Open Access: can link to openly accessible content but cannot reproduce to redistribute.