Vice President for Research Thomas Piechota will be hosting the next Ask the Experts COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. All the Chapman community are welcome to join with this link and learn more about the fascinating work of our Chapman experts and ask questions. A Q & A follows each brief presentation, moderated by Tom Piechota.

Faculty Experts:

Tara Gruenwald, Ph.D., MPH
Tara Gruenewald, Ph.D., MPH is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Tara is a social and health psychologist with additional training in Public Health and Geronotology. Her research focuses on the social and psychological factors which shape functioning, physiology and health across the life course.  As a stress researcher, she views the potential harm to mental, physical, social and economic well-being from the COVID-19 pandemic as unrivaled among societal stressors in the last century, yet she has been intrigued by the fact that many Americans and others worldwide have responded in ways targeted to benefit the collective good.  Dr. Gruenewald is investigating how such prosocial orientations might not only help society but also benefit givers’ mental, social and physical well-being as they cope with the pandemic threat.

Marc Weidenmier, Ph.D.
Dr. Marc Weidenmier is a Professor of Economics and Finance in the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics. He will be providing an update on the impacts of COVID-19 on consumer confidence as measured from the Chapman–CMC Orange County Consumer Sentiment Index. See recent article in OC Register.

Anna Leahy, Ph.D.
Anna Leahy is a Professor of English in the Wilkinson College or Arts, Humanities, and Social Science.  Dr. Leahy will discuss the ways that writers have been affected by and are responding to the global pandemic, with a focus on journalism and science writing, new initiatives in literary culture that have emerged over the last several weeks, and the importance of individuals documenting their experiences of this historical moment of change.

Anna Leahy is the author of the poetry book Aperture and Constituents of Matter and the nonfiction book Tumor. Her essays have won top prizes from Los Angeles Review, Ninth Letter, and Dogwood. She directs the MFA in Creative Writing program and edits the international Tab Journal. See more at

Daniel Tomaszewski, Ph.D.
Daniel Tomaszewsi, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Administration in the Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. Dr. Tomaszewski has focused his research in three primary areas, use of opioids in pediatric patients, medication adherence, and drug pricing/policy. Regarding youth, Dr. Tomaszewski’s program evaluates the use of opioid prescribing patterns in inpatient care facilities, emergency departments, and ambulatory clinic visits.

Dan is currently examining, as it is expressed in academic institutions, how changes in stress during the coronavirus pandemic impact student health and learning and how psychosocial resources reduce the impact of stress on health and learning outcomes to help pinpoint resources that should be targeted in future interventions.

Instructions to join the webcast:

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For more information about this Town Hall, contact:

The Office of Research: Thomas Piechota, Vice President for Research, or (714) 628-2897.

Media Contact: Amy Stevens, Director of Public Relations, or (714) 289-3143.