May 21: Coping with the Isolation and Uncertainty of COVID-19

Thursday, May 21, 7 PM EDT on Zoom

Jeffrey M. Cohen, Psy.D.
  • Is it normal to feel so anxious about COVID-19?
  • I am staying at home. I feel lonely and isolated. What can I do? 
  • What should I do if I cannot stop worrying?
  • Should I stop watching the news?
  • Will my children be permanently affected by the stress? Will my marriage survive?

On Thursday, May 21, Science Writers in New York invites you to join us on Zoom for a conversation with SWINY co-chair David Levine and Jeffrey M. Cohen, Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Cohen will discuss ways to cope with the uncertainty, isolation and family tensions that are occurring due to COVID-19.

Dr. Cohen is an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Cohen provides clinical supervision to fellows and offers trainings on evidence-based practice and cultural competence. Additionally, Dr. Cohen teaches undergraduate students in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. Dr. Cohen’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Behavior Therapy and Journal of Anxiety Disorders and presented at the annual conventions of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Cohen is committed to educating the public about the value of psychological science and he has been interviewed by NBCMedscape, Men’s HealthReader’s Digest, and Prevention.

Dr. Cohen graduated from the doctoral program run jointly by Stanford University School of Medicine and Palo Alto University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at San Francisco VA Medical Center in affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco. 

If you are losing a significant amount of sleep or can’t stop worrying about things that are beyond your control, Dr. Cohen recommends contacting your primary care provider or insurance company for a referral to a therapist who offers cognitive behavioral therapy.

If you think you can manage your anxiety with self-help, Dr. Cohen recommends the following resources:
COVID Coach App:
ThriveNYC Learning Center:

Thursday, May 21
7 to 8 p.m. EDT

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