Virtual Event | Coping from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

February 7, 2022 (7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Location: Virtual


Join Dr. Kathryn Bell, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Acadia University, and graduate student Bre O'Handley, Trent University, as they share their findings on coping from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their research examined how people have coped and were impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by tracking their mental health symptoms, coping strategies, relationship functioning, and experiences with intimate partner violence. Special attention was given to recruiting LGBTQ+ participants to better understand their unique lived experiences during the pandemic. This event will be moderated by Executive Director, Alumni Affairs, Oonagh Proudfoot (’93, ’06).

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Note: a Microsoft Teams link will be sent out the Friday before the event to registrants.

Presenter biographies:


Dr. Kathryn Bell

Dr. Kathryn Bell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Acadia University, where she teaches a graduate-level course on psychotherapy skills and undergraduate-level courses on abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, and theories of psychotherapy. Dr. Bell received her PhD in clinical psychology from Western Michigan University and completed a two-year postdoctoral clinical research fellowship through The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Before joining Acadia, she was an Associate Professor in Psychology at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Her primary research interests centre around the investigation of risk and resiliency factors associated with interpersonal violence, including intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has also been examining the impact of the pandemic on relational and mental well-being. Dr. Bell is a registered psychologist in Nova Scotia with clinical expertise in the assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety-related conditions, and addictions.

Bre O’Handley

Bre O’Handley is a second-year MSc Social Psychology student at Trent University interested in LGBTQ+ community connection and resiliency. Bre is originally from Nova Scotia and is an alumna of St. Francis Xavier University, where she completed her undergraduate education and went on to support LGBTQ+ students as StFX’s first Gender and Sexual Diversity Advisor. Currently, Bre is studying the ways that LGBTQ+ people have been coping with minority stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically how connection to the LGBTQ+ community and social support may work to protect LGBTQ+ people from negative mental health outcomes.


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