In communities around the world, scientists are coming together like never before to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost all other research pursuits have been put on hold so scientists can study the virus and its impact on the world.  Chapman research faculty are no exception. Four Crean College faculty members are the recipients of Kay Family Foundation research grants. Their projects addressed the funding call-to-action:  COVID-19 Rapid Research.  Only seven of 19 submitted proposals were funded. Out of the seven, awards went to the following:

Dr. Jason Douglas

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Project: Viral Pandemic Health Disparities: An Examination of Social and Environmental Determinants of COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in New York and Los Angeles

Dr. Tara Gruenewald

Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair

Project: Prosociality as a Resilience Factor for Mitigating the Detrimental Mental, Physical, and Social Well-Being Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic


Dr. Uri Maoz

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Member of the Brain Institute

Project: Understanding Relations between Emotional Biases, Decision-making, and Behavior in the COVID-19 Pandemic in a National Sample

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Dr. Dave Frederick

Associate Professor of Psychology

Project: Identifying Risk and Promoting Resilience in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic



We are deeply grateful to the Kay Family for providing this opportunity to the Chapman University faculty. We congratulate these faculty members and look forward to sharing their research findings with the campus community in the future.