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A Global Perspective on Resilience Factors as Moderators of Variability

A Global Perspective on Resilience Factors as Moderators of Variability in Mental Health During COVID-19
Thursday, July 29, 2021 9:00 am
- 9:00 am ET

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A Global Perspective on Resilience Factors as Moderators of Variability in Mental Health During COVID-19 in Diverse Clinical and Community Populations

This recorded webinar was featured at the 2021 ADAA Virtual Conference Resilience and Recovery: From Research to Practice. This webinar is part of a series of select recorded conference sessions which will be available on-demand.

Resilience is key to maintain mental health homeostasis during stressful times. It is not clear what the specific resilience factors are that help individuals to “buffer” stress. The COVID-19 pandemic is a major global stressor providing an opportunity to study resilience as individuals are faced with an unparalleled adversity.

This webinar presents data on resilience factors, COVID-19 stressors and mental health collected from various populations during the acute outbreak of the pandemic (March-April 2020), when the majority of study populations was in lockdown. Presenters discuss findings from two large studies (Cohort 1, N>5,000, mostly US; Cohort 2, N>15,000, mostly European) conducted in non-clinical populations; a study conducted in a pregnant population (N=900) enriched with racial minorities; and a study evaluating resilience factors in hospitalized COVID-19 patients (N=90) and their health care providers (N=828). Presentations provide evidence for the now widely recognized notion that resilience factors are critical in determining mental health throughout the lifespan in diverse populations with multiple outcomes. Together the symposium covers populations across the spectrum of human experience during the pandemic: from general populations to COVID-19 patients, and illuminate different perspectives on the complex interplay among COVID-19 related stress exposures, individual resilience factors and their interactions contribution to the variability in mental health during these unprecedented times.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the difference between resilience factors and resilience outcomes.
  2. Identify key risk and resilience factors that contribute to mental health during the pandemic.
  3. Discuss how different resilience factors help predict health-related outcomes in different populations across the lifespan.

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Presenter(s) Biography

Ran Barzilay, MD, PhD

Ran Barzilay, MD, PhD

Ran Barzilay, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist, child and adolescent psychiatrist, with background in translational neuroscience ranging from basic molecular neuroscience to clinical studies. Barzilay's professional life's mission is to enhance the understanding of mechanisms underpinning risk and resilience in major psychiatric disorders in youths who grow up under stress.

As a child psychiatrist Barzilay aspires to ultimately leverage this understanding for advancing preventive and very early interventions in neuropsychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. His research career began studying basic science models of neuronal development working with stem cells, consequently moving to translational studies involving G X E paradigms in animal models of neuropsychiatric disorders. Since starting his clinical training as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in 2012, Barzilay added a clinical perspective to my research, working on stress-related disorders and suicide, and studying the role of inflammation in the development of psychiatric disorders.  He joined the Lifespan Brain Institute (LiBI) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine in 2017, where he pursues his mission of studying developmental trajectories of at-risk youths from the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort (PNC).


Doron Gothelf, MD

Prof. Gothelf is adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Neuroscience Center, Stanford University and is a full professor of psychiatry at Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. Since 2010, Prof. Gothelf has served as director of the Division at Sheba Medical Center. Prof. Gothelf is an international editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles in the field of behavioral neurogenetics, child psychiatry and psychopharmacology.


Raquel Gur, MD, PhD

Dr. Gur is Professor of Psychiatry Neurology and Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine where she directs the Neuropsychiatry Section and the Schizophrenia Research Center and is Vice Chair of Research Development in the Department of Psychiatry. Her combined training in Psychology, Neurology and Psychiatry has provided the tools to pursue an academic career working with basic and clinical neuroscientists to advance the understanding of schizophrenia.


Raffael Kalisch, PhD

Raffael Kalisch, PhD

Raffael Kalisch, PhD is trying to unravel the mechanisms underlying resilience to the detrimental effects of adversity on mental health. He does this in small-sample laboratory studies of stress and emotion regulation mechanisms, often involving neuroimaging, as well as in large-sample longitudinal cohort studies in which stressor exposure, mental health, and resilience factors are monitored repeatedly and at high sampling frequency, such as to identify processes of adaptation that allow stressor-exposed individuals to stay mentally healthy. Identification of resilience processes necessitates the development of new data analysis techniques for integration of multimodal data and dynamic modelling.

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