NIH awards $1.95M to study state-level COVID policies, mental health
Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner
Chair for Public Health Promotion, is the principal investigator for a
five-year research project that will examine the impacts of state COVID-19
mitigation policies on adult psychological health, drug overdose and suicide.
Funded with $1.95 million from the National Institutes of
Health, the project seeks to identify how the policies U.S. states enacted to
combat the spread and adverse effects of COVID-19 may have affected
psychological health and mortality from drug overdose and suicide among working
age and older adults in both the immediate and longer terms.
“The findings will be essential for informing better policy
responses in future pandemics,” says Monnat, who also serves as co-director of
the Maxwell School’s Policy, Place and Population Health Lab (P3H), housed
within the Aging Studies Institute (ASI).
The study’s co-investigators from the Aging Studies
Institute include Jennifer Karas Montez, University Professor of Sociology, Gerald
B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies, director of the Center for Aging
and Policy Studies and co-director of P3H; Douglas Wolf, Gerald B. Cramer
Professor of Aging Studies and professor of public administration and
international affairs; and Emily Wiemers, associate professor of public
administration and international affairs. David Wheeler, associate professor of
biostatistics at Virginia Commonwealth University, will also serve as a
The project will provide novel large-scale data on adult
COVID-19 experiences and well-being and use the variation in policy responses
across states to shed light on which policies and combinations of policies are
consequential for adult psychological health and related mortality, the
mechanisms through which policies affect those outcomes and the population
subgroups that may have been disproportionately impacted.
By, Jessica Youngman, 10/04/21