As COVID-19 cases spiked across the globe, so did reports of anxiety. In this conversation, experts look at the state of mental health during these uncertain times. Moderated by Michael Winship, the immediate past president of the Writers Guild of America East, and featuring Brian Shiers, a senior mindfulness teacher for the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and a psychotherapist, and Paula Cannon, associate director of Cross School Programs for the MESH Academy, USC Keck Distinguished Professor and special advisor to the provost.
Who Will Benefit
– Those looking to learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our mental health
– People searching for a meditation mindfulness practice to cope with quarantine stress and anxiety
– Those hoping to recognize and effectively channel their anxiety
About Our Featured Faculty
Paula Cannon is a Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, where she leads a research team that studies viruses, stem cells and gene therapy. Cannon is also associate director of Cross School Programs for the MESH Academy and special advisor to the provost. She obtained her PhD from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and received postdoctoral training as an HIV scientist at both Oxford and Harvard universities. Cannon has a long-standing interest in the development of gene therapy as a clinical approach to treating HIV infection, and her recent work in this area is aimed at disrupting the viral co-receptor, CCR5, using zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs).