Virtual Conference

Farzan Sasangohar

A&M University, United States of America

Title: The Effect of COVID19 on College Students in United States

Abstract

The COVID-19 Pandemic has exacerbated the mental health issues among college students.  Research was conducted during the various phases of the pandemic at a large university campus in Texas to investigate the systemic pandemic-related contributors to and temporal changes in college students’ stress, anxiety, and depression. Surveys and interviews with more than 2000 students showed a significant uptick in alarming levels of depression and anxiety.  Several factors including feelings of social isolation, job uncertainties, own and family health concerns, and life-style changes were among major contributors to mental health deterioration among college students during the pandemic. A student-centered design approach was used to document functional and information requirements for a mobile health application called Mental Health Evaluation and Lookout Program (mHELP) to enable self-management of mental health issues among college students.  Naturalistic evaluation of mHealth showed significant reduction in anxiety rates among a large cohort 

Biography

Dr. Farzan Sasangohar is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering (primary) as well as Environmental and Occupational Health (courtesy) at Texas A&M University. He is also the Division Chief for Health Systems Engineering at the Center for Outcomes Research at Houston Methodist Hospital and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Population Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Sasangohar currently serves as the Editor-in-chief of Human Factors in Healthcare. He is the co-editor of the book titled “Design for Health”. Dr. Sasangohar’s research interests include user-centered design and evaluation of remote and continuous monitoring tools for physical and mental health.