Assessing the Effects of COVID-19 on Adolescent Mental Health

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on well-being in school communities.
  2. learn how to prioritize intervention goals using rigorous, evidence-based school assessments.
  3. explore practices and strategies to promote student and faculty emotional connectedness to the school community.


School closures and the move to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic have had considerable implications not only for students’ mastery of academic material but also for their mental health. We will describe the effects of the pandemic on mental health and the discrete modifiable aspects of student life most linked to student well-being during distance learning. Participants will consider integrated findings and receive specific, actionable recommendations for interventions.



Suniya S. Luthar, Authentic Connections
Nina L. Kumar, Authentic Connections


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