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This presentation examines what research in psychology tells us about how adverse events - such as a global pandemic - can lead to some positive outcomes.
You’ll also learn specific strategies for improving psychological and physical well-being during this challenging time.
Catherine A. Sanderson is the Manwell Family Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a specialization in health and development from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Professor Sanderson’s research examines how personality and social variables influence health-related behaviors such as safer sex and disordered eating, the development of persuasive messages and interventions to prevent unhealthy behavior, and the predictors of relationship satisfaction. This research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to five college textbooks, a high school health textbook, and a trade book, The Positive Shift, which examines how mindset influences happiness, health, and even how long we live. In 2012, she was named one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review.