What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health? The 2020 pandemic has fuelled an impressive amount of research on its mental health effects on the general population as well as in special groups (e.g., individuals with previous pathologies). Although ongoing research does not always reach good standards of quality, it generally shows in studies conducted in different countries that the psychological impact of the pandemic is very high. In this presentation, I will offer results from a multi-wave national representative study (surveys conducted in April, May, and November with the same sample of participants) on negative and positive psychological variables related to the pandemic. I will show that, beyond current static models of resilience, we must understand this concept as a continuous dynamic process. Also, departing from most epidemiological studies, I will highlight the protective role of positive emotions in the accommodation processes of the population to this unexpected life-threatening event (Vazquez et al., 2020). The current health and economic crisis may offer an extraordinary opportunity to advance our knowledge on the key role of Positive Psychology to understand trauma-related responses. Also, this is an opportunity to provide evidence-based responses that can be used by either mental health professionals or policy makers to alleviate the suffering of human beings when faced with catastrophic events.

The Dynamics of Resilience and Positive Functioning During the SARS-COVID-19 Crisis: Results from a Multiple-wave National Study

Date: June 29th, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm ET

Location: Zoom

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Speaker Name, Title and Institution: Carmelo Vazquez; Professor of Psychopathology; School of Psychology, Complutense University

Speaker Bio:

Carmelo Vazquez is a Professor of Psychopathology at the Complutense University of Madrid. He is the author of more than 200 international publications in top journals (Psychological Bulletin, Clinical Psychology Review, Behavioral Brain and Sciences). Carmelo has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University and a Visiting Professor at the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, and Harvard University. Carmelo was one of the founders of the ‘Psychosocial Unit’ of Physicians Without Borders-Barcelona (Spain) to assist teams and staff in critical incidents.

Carmelo is a member of the European Research Council Panel “The human mind and its complexity,” and since June 2018 is President of the Psychology Area of the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI). Interested in cognition and psychopathology, Carmelo has studied the psychological effects, negative and positive, of individual and collective traumatic situations. Last but not least, he was President of the Spanish Positive Psychology Association (2009-2012) and President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA; 2013-2015).

About IPPA

The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) is a global membership organization of thousands of academics practitioners, clinicians, students who advance the science and practice of positive psychology. Members enjoy regular educational webinars with experts, a virtual library of tools and articles, an online member community, and more.

The field of positive psychology focuses on the study and practice of positive emotions, strengths, and virtues that make all individuals and groups thrive.

The Work and Organizations Division is a subset of IPPA members who are interested in studying and applying positive psychological concepts in organizational settings. The Division offers several ways for members to learn and connect throughout the year, including; 

  • Virtual meet-ups
  • Positive Organizational Intervention Challenge
  • Research Digests & Dialogues between researchers and practitioners

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