PsyPan Network

Psychology of Pandemics Network

PsyPan Network

The PsyPan Network comprises mental health scientists, clinicians, and trainees from universities throughout Canada and the United States. Our network is led by Dr. Gordon Asmundson (University of Regina) and Dr. Steven Taylor (University of British Columbia).

Our mission is to provide an evidence-based knowledge hub that facilitates understanding of the role that psychological factors play in pandemics in order to meet the information needs of health-care scientists and professionals, decision-makers, and the public.

We are currently completing several studies in Canada and the U.S. to help better understand the psychology of pandemics, like COVID-19. The first study is a multi-wave population representative survey of Canadian and U.S. adult residents (view study details) hosted by Qualtrics. The second and most recent study is a survey of university students (view study details) for which we are actively recruiting participants. If you are a current or recently graduated university student and would like to participate, click here. The survey will take approximately 40 minutes to complete.

Through our research, we are compiling publications and resources to provide information about COVID-19 and pandemics to our colleagues, decision-makers, and the public.

Scientist in medical lab

COVID-19 Self-Assessments

Below are two anonymous online screening tools provided to help identify symptoms of COVID-19-related stress and general distress. These tools are intended to educate and are not designed to provide a clinical diagnosis. An accurate diagnosis for anxiety and stress and trauma-related conditions, which may include extreme distress in response to COVID-19, can only be made by a qualified, registered, and licensed mental health professional after a complete and comprehensive evaluation.

Take an Assessment

In the Media


'I'm tired too': Health officials plead for Sask. residents to follow guidelines.

Expert reminding you to prioritize mental health ahead of winter.

COVID-19: The unprecedented toll the pandemic is taking on mental health.

Pandemic panic buying: Shelves again wiped clean of toilet paper.

Psychopandemic? Steven Taylor, professor & clinical psychologist at the University of British Columbia.

A coronavirus vaccine is almost ready. But will you take it?

Some will need convincing to get COVID vaccine: psychologist.

More than half of North Americans experiencing moderate to severe 'COVID stress': U of R survey shows.


Plenty to be thankful for in COVID-19 times, says psychologist.

Coronavirus: The possible long-term mental health impacts.

COVID-19 stress affecting many people: U of R professor.

COVID stress syndrome: 5 ways the pandemic is affecting mental health.

COVID fatigue impacting current behaviours, says psychologist.

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