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COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake Behavioral Science Task Force: Final Report

This report, which was developed by a high-level team of behavioral medicine experts, lays out actionable steps on how we can increase vaccine uptake in long-term care facilities.

Prevalence and predictors of early COVID-19 behavioral intentions in the United States

The current study examined participants’ reported likelihood of engaging in eight behaviors designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as critical for the prevention of COVID-19 at the outset of the epidemic.

People are more likely to follow COVID-19 guidelines if authorities send the right message: Montreal study

People are more likely to follow COVID-19 public health guidelines if they get the right message from authorities, new research shows.

How do we get people to think beyond their own personal risk? Use psychology.

In this age of uncertainty, we don’t need to feel powerless: psychology has the tools to empower individuals and society to adhere to public health policy and healthy behaviors despite the clear challenges.

The psychology behind why some people won't wear masks

Most Americans have never had to wear a mask for their health before, let alone while they shop for groceries or go for a run

Crushing coronavirus means ‘breaking the habits of a lifetime.’ Behavior scientists have some tips

Government and industry leaders are turning to behavioral scientists for advice on how to persuade their citizens and workers to abide by such dramatic changes

Changes in the clustering of unhealthy movement behaviors during the COVID-19 quarantine and the association with mental health indicators among Brazilian adults

Our aim was to analyze the prevalence of unhealthy movement behavior clusters before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to investigate whether changes in the number of unhealthy behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine were associated with mental health indicators.

Social Distancing to Mitigate COVID-19 Risks Is Associated With COVID-19 Discriminatory Attitudes Among People Living with HIV

In the absence of a vaccine, public health messaging to mitigate risks for COVID-19 primarily focuses on social distancing. Because people living with HIV commonly experience mistreatment associated with HIV, their response to social distancing may be complicated by psychosocial attitudes associated with COVID-19.

Predicting Social Distancing Intention and Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Integrated Social Cognition Model

The current study applied an integrated social cognition model to identify the determinants of social distancing behavior, and the processes involved, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Behavioral Medicine in the COVID-19 Era: Dawn of the Golden Age

While our medical, nursing, and allied health partners work heroically on the front lines to treat those afflicted with COVID-19, it is behavioral medicine that may provide long-term solutions to disease containment.

Theory-based Behavioral Predictors of Self-reported Use of Face Coverings in Public Settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States

The purpose of this study was to determine associations between theory-based behavioral predictors of intention to wear a face covering and actual wearing of a face covering in public.

Social Distancing as a Health Behavior: County-Level Movement in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Associated with Conventional Health Behaviors

We examined whether one type of social distancing behavior—reduced movement outside the home—was associated with conventional health behaviors.

Blindsided by a Shelter-in-Place Order

The author reflects on how his initial misconceptions of productivity during a shelter-in-place order led him to feel blindsided when this was not the case, and gives advice on how to implement behavior changes in this turbulent time.

10 Commandments of Working in Academia During a Pandemic

Try adopting these "commandments" to increase productivity and maintain work-life balance on remote teams.


Health Equity


What is Driving Racial/Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Morbidity and Mortality?

To understand why we see racial disparities in COVID-19 infection and death rates, we have several mechanisms to unpack.

Latinx Health Disparities Research During COVID-19: Challenges and Innovations

The purpose of this commentary is to describe the challenges and innovative research methods developed in response to COVID-19 to continue Latinx health disparities research in the context of COVID-19.

Optimizing the New Normal: Pivoting an In-Person Trauma and Syndemic-responsive HIV Care Intervention to a Virtual Platform in the era of COVID-19

Like HIV, the novel COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting people of color and invoking new HIV care challenges.


Nutrition and Physical Activity


Physical Activity Interventions During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethos of a Problem

The enforcement of social distancing measures has inadvertently favored auspicious conditions for sedentary behavior and physical inactivity.




The Impact of COVID-19 on School Nutrition Research: Barriers and Opportunities for Science-Informed Policy

Rigorous scientific evidence is critically needed to inform policy decisions related to child nutrition programs.

Research with Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence during COVID-19: Strategies, Ethical and Safety Considerations

There is need for research and interventions focusing on preventing IPV and supporting IPV survivors during the pandemic.




Telehealth & Behavioral Science during COVID-19: An Interview with Dr. Hayden Bosworth

Interview with Dr. Hayden Bosworth to hear expert advice for behavioral scientists interested in telehealth research and to learn more about use of telehealth to improve health outcomes.




New Approaches for Conducting Behavioral Research

The pandemic has created significant challenges -- there will be many missed deadlines, studies with insufficient sample sizes and asterisks in manuscripts describing modifications to research methods. But we could, in fact, emerge stronger, more adaptable and more innovative.

Behavioral medicine challenges in the shadow of a global pandemic

Health behavior researchers should refocus and retool as it becomes increasingly clear that the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic surpass the direct effects of COVID-19 and include unique, drastic, and ubiquitous consequences for health behavior.

Adapting to disruption of research during the COVID-19 pandemic while testing nonpharmacological approaches to pain management

The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed research progress, with particularly disruptive effects on investigations of addressing urgent public health challenges, such as chronic pain.

National Institutes of Health social and behavioral research in response to the SARS-CoV2 Pandemic

This commentary describes the various initiatives of the National Institutes of Health to address these social, behavioral, economic, and health disparities impacts of the pandemic, the findings from which can improve our response to the current pandemic and prepare us better for future infectious disease outbreaks.

Clean and Contain: Initial Development of a Measure of Infection Prevention Behaviors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To develop the Clean and Contain Measure, a brief measure of compliance with CDC recommendations for prevention of infectious disease, and validate the measure in individuals experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Support- Funding Announcements

Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19 and the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Domestic Violence in the Time of COVID-19: Directions for Future Research

While stay-at-home orders have eased for the time being, it is uncertain if rates of COVID-19 will spike again. Research to help establish protocol for handling DV in times of emergency should be a priority among researchers.

Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine: Research Reflections During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cardiovascular behavioral health research may be more important than ever, as early signs indicate that the virus can majorly impact cardiac health, with unknown long-term physical and psychological consequences.

Running an Optimization Trial during COVID-19: Adaptations and Considerations from the Field

In this article two SBM member-led research teams were interviewed to learn how they adapted their active optimization trials during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Research

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COVID-19 Specific Survey Items Now Available on PhenX and the NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) Platforms

To minimize the proliferation of one-off survey items, encourage comparisons across samples, and facilitate data integration and collaboration, a trans-NIH working group co-led by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) worked to make existing COVID-19 survey items and investigator contact information available in a survey item repository.

APA COVID-19 Information and Resources

Articles and resources ontinually updated by APA for psychologists, health-care workers and the public.




Presenting Online Without Being Boring

In this webinar, principles of effective communications will be applied to an online environment and creative implementation of highlighting and emphasizing different issues while engaging the audience will be presented.

Conducting Weight Management and Eating Disorder RCTs admist a Global Pandemic

This webinar will focus on the logistics of conducting weight management and eating disorder treatment trials amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advancing Dual-Process Models of Health Behavior Using Intensive Longitudinal Data in the Era of COVID-19

In this webinar, we will discuss how intensive longitudinal data (ILD) collection and analytic strategies such as smartphone and sensor-based real-time activity and location monitoring, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), machine learning, and systems modeling are well-positioned to capture and interpret within-person “micro-shifts” between reactive and reflective systems underlying behavior maintenance.