United States

COVID-19 Pandemic Studies

The Perinatal Experience And COVID-19 Effects Study (PEACE)


This longitudinal study which began in May 2020 examines the effects of COVID-19 on women during the perinatal period (pregnancy and postpartum). Through our online surveys and Zoom-based observational design, we hope to learn more about stress, well being, resilience, and social support among mothers and their infants during this unprecedented time. To date, we have enrolled over 2000 women and are now in Wave 2 of our data collection.

Who is eligible to participate?

1) Women ages 18+ living in the U.S.

2) Currently at least 13 weeks pregnant OR gave birth to a live baby in past 6 months


What is involved?

1) A 30-45 minute online survey about COVID-19 related experiences, pregnancy, stress, and well being

2) After completing the survey, you may be invited to participate in a 30-minute virtual activity session with your baby. The session will consist of two activities - Free-play and Face-to-face Still Face; these are activities done to understand the social experiences of mother and baby   

Project Coordinator: Emily Zhang, M.A.

Funding: The Family Health and Resiliency Fund

The COVID-19 Adult Resilience Experiences Study (CARES)


This NSF-Funded longitudinal study began in April 2020 in collaboration with Boston University to assess the physical and emotional well being of young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Young adults who are 18-30 years old and currently reside in the United States or receiving education from a U.S. institution are welcomed to participate. To date we have enrolled over 1400 participants and are currently in Wave 3 of data collection.  

Who is eligible to participate? 

Young adults...

1) Ages 18-30

2) Currently living in the U.S. OR receiving education from a U.S. institution

What is involved? 

1) A 30-45 minute online survey that will take place up to 3 times (April, July, and October 2020)

2) Some participants will be selected to participate in a 20-minute in-depth online interview


One in 10 participants will receive a $25 Amazon gift card for completion of each online survey. All participants who complete interviews will be compensated with a $20 gift card. 

Project Coordinator: Emily Zhang, M.A.

Funding: National Science Foundation (2027553)

Pandemic Resilience in Asian Immigrants: Study of Experiences (PRAISE)



Conducted in collaboration with Boston University and The MGH Center of Cross-Cultural Student Emotion Wellness, we are assessing the COVID-19 experiences, parenting, stress, social support, and resilience among Chinese and Korean immigrant during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Who is eligible to participate? 

Parents who...

1) Are ethnically Chinese OR ethically Korean 

2) Immigrated from China or Korea (born in an Asian country)

3) Have at least one child aged 18 or younger 

4) Currently living in U.S. or Canada

What is involved? 

1) A 30-minute online survey about COVID-19 experiences, parenting, stress, and well being

Project Coordinator: Finn Wong

Funding: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Rapid Funding

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Meet the Team 

Cindy Liu, PhD, Principal Investigator

Dr. Liu is the Director of the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Lab (DRCR), and an Assistant Professor within the Departments of Pediatric Newborn Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. As a clinical and developmental psychologist, Dr. Liu's research focuses on the measurement and mechanisms of psychosocial stress, cultural differences in socio-emotional development, and developmental and culturally based interventions that promote relationships in families. 





Justin Chen, MD, MPH, Co-Investigator

Dr. Chen is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness. He also serves as Medical Director of Ambulatory Psychiatry and Co-Director of Primary Care Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Justin A. Chen delivers talks and training for families, clinicians, and educators throughout the U.S. on promoting the emotional health and psychological resilience of diverse student populations.  




Emily Zhang, MA, Research Coordinator

Ms. Zhang is the research coordinator for several community based studies within the DRCR lab. She is interested in culturally-sensitive and community-based research with children and families regarding mental health prevention, education, and interventions.





Finneas Wong, BA, Research Assistant 

Mr. Wong is the research assistant for several community based studies within the DRCR lab and has had extensive experience in studying individuals across the lifespan. His interests lies in  the development and revision of culturally-based mental health prevention, intervention, and psychoeducation.