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MPRC Associates lead COVID-19 pilot study

University of Maryland Seed Grant funds research into COVID-19 social impacts

Long Doan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, along with Faculty Associates Liana Sayer, Sociology, and Jessica Fish, Family Science, will examine social impacts of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. The team was awarded one of nine such grants by the University of Maryland Division of Research to "utilize the [university's] research strengths to rapidly contribute to human health and related outcomes with respect to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including prevention, control, and response efforts."

The team will leverage data from several hundred respondents’ daily time use before the pandemic to create a natural experiment that isolates the effects of the pandemic on changes in behavior. In addition, they will recruit additional respondents and follow-up with all respondents after the pandemic subsides. Using this approach, the team will have data on people’s social behaviors before, during, and after the pandemic.

See University of Maryland announcement

See the complete introduction at MPRC Research