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Associate professor talks human behavior during COVID-19

Kristen Shockley

Kristen Shockley, an associate professor of psychology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a Washington Post article about studying human behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The story describes the moment when Shockley got an email that announced her son’s day care was closing. Although she was worried about what that would mean going forward, Shockley also said it was a great opportunity for a study.

Shockley sent out surveys to hundreds of dual-career couples whose child-care arrangements had been affected by the pandemic.

“I’m interested in a broader perspective on how couples decide on career compromise,” she said. “There’s not a lot of good, solid research on the topic. So, I thought, ‘Well this is just the perfect little microcosm, because people are having to make decisions—they’re being forced into it.’”

The story continues to detail the dynamicity of the pandemic and its effects on both children and adults.