Chapman University’s Vice President for Research, Thomas Piechota, hosts the next Ask the Experts – COVID-19 Research Town Hall on Monday, July 27, 2020, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., featuring several Chapman faculty who are already working on COVID-19-related research and outreach. The entire Chapman community (staff, faculty, and students) and the broader community are welcome to join using this link.

A Q&A follows each brief presentation, moderated by Tom Piechota.

Featuring Chapman Experts:

 Steven Gjerstad, Ph.D will be joining us again, this time to discuss the recent upsurge in cases, the decline in mortality, and his projections for the minimum time required to bring new cases down to a few hundred per day, as is now the case in most of the developed world.  Dr. Gjerstad is a Presidential Fellow in the Economic Science Institute and the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.

Claudine Jaenichen is a Professor in the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art. Professor Jaenichen has expertise in graphic design and information design. She is part of the Design Network for Emergency Management ( and it currently with FEMA to develop a national Shelter-in-Place campaign to improve the understanding of protective actions in all hazards, including pandemics. More recently, she assisted Chapman in the CU Safely Back planning by proving feedback on visual direction focusing design decisions that support campus risk literacy as well as considerations of processing information under various levels of stress and anxiety.

Sara LaBelle, Ph.D is an Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Faculty Development, and Associate Director of the Graduate Teaching Program in the School of Communication. Her research is focused on the intersection of instructional and health communication. Specifically, Sara has published on the teaching-learning process as it applies to the college classroom, the impact of student-to-student communication on academic and health outcomes, and the implementation and evaluation of health communication campaigns. Recently, Sara served as Chair of the Health and Safety Campaign Subcommittee for the CU Safely Back Communication Task Force. She will be providing an overview of the research that was conducted for this purpose, along with key takeaways for campus messaging regarding COVID-19 safety behaviors.

Jeff Goad, Ph. D., is a Professor and Chair in Department of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Goad runs the Travel Clinic at the Student Health Center and his research program focuses on the social and behavioral aspects of consumer and healthcare professional’s decision-making process and outcomes related primarily to immunizations and travel medicine. Dr. Goad will be presenting on the continuum of COVID protection: the Swiss Cheese model.

To Join:

INSTRUCTIONS TO JOIN THE WEBCAST:  Please join the live event with your computer-attached speakers or with your mobile device (with Teams app).  When you click on the below link, you will choose one of two options:  to watch within the Teams App or to watch within your web browser (Note:  Safari is not supported at this time).

 For Chapman Staff and Faculty

To ensure the best internet performance, please disconnect from VPN and close any unnecessary applications.   You may also join on your phone over mobile data using the Teams app.  A recording will be made available after the event.

For more information about this Town Hall visit the Ask The Experts webpage or 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.