Resources About the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus disease — now known as COVID-19 — a global health emergency.
As this pandemic continues to alter and challenge our world, NCFR will continue to provide resources and information to help family researchers and practitioners continue their work.
- NCFR Response to Pandemic
- 2020 NCFR Annual Conference Update
- New Resources to Help Faculty Move Classes Online
- Continuing Your Research Remotely
- Nurturing Happiness and Mindfulness
- Now Open to All: Past NCFR Webinars & Conference Recordings
- NCFR Signs Statement on Faculty Review
- NCFR Launches Online Communities to Help Professionals Work and Teach Remotely
- Additional Resources
- Wiley's Resources for Researchers
- Talking to Children About Coronavirus
- Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus
- Managing Your Work During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Working from Home with Kids
- General Health and Prevention
2020 NCFR Annual Conference Update
Due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, NCFR's focus at this time is on developing a virtual conference to take place during the scheduled conference week in November. We are working to open registration for a virtual conference option by mid-June 2020.
We know our conference attendees truly value and enjoy connecting in person at the NCFR conference. NCFR is committed to facilitating opportunities for networking and connection, including in a virtual setting. A virtual NCFR conference would provide as much academic content as an in-person conference, including real-time discussions and interaction. Our aim is to ensure that the important work family scholars and professionals are producing can still be presented, discussed, and shared widely among the Family Science community.
NCFR continues to closely monitor news and recommendations regarding COVID-19, and we will continue to adjust plans as necessary to ensure the health and well-being of our members and attendees. We will continue to post and disseminate additional conference updates.
NCFR Resources to Help Faculty Move Classes Online
NCFR staff have created new free resources to help faculty who need to quickly move classes online.
Free Webcast: Tips and Tools for Online Presentations — presented by NCFR Webinar Coordinator Claire Kimberly, Ph.D., CFLE
Free Webcast: Recommendations for Online Teaching in Higher Education — presented by NCFR Webinar Coordinator Claire Kimberly, Ph.D., CFLE
NCFR Continuing Conversation: Online Practicums and Internships — presented by Erin Lavender-Stott, Ph.D., and Valerie Albert , M.S.
Resource Collection: How Do I Move My Classes Online?
Nurturing Happiness and Mindfulness
Finding daily methods to fight feelings of fear, stress, and anxiety are more important than ever in these uncertain times. NCFR 2021 Conference Program Chair Tammy L. Henderson, Ph.D., CFLE, began curating an ongoing list of articles, books, websites, and apps around these areas of well-being.
Resource Collection: Nurturing Happiness and Mindfulness
Now Open to All: Past NCFR Webinars & Conference Recordings
To help family researchers and practitioners during these extraordinary times, NCFR has temporarily made past webinars and conference recordings free for everyone. This content is approved for CFLE continuing education credit (hours vary). The following content is now free for everyone through August 31, 2020:
- All NCFR Webinars 2013-2019
- 2017 NCFR Conference Video Recordings
- 2018 NCFR Conference Audio and Video Recordings
- 2019 NCFR Conference Audio and Video Recordings
Watch these resources on your own, forward to colleagues, or share links online with your networks.
Instructors: Feel free to If you would like an MP4 file to upload to your learning management system, you may request a classroom license at normal pricing and NCFR will provide a unique file.
NCFR Signs Statement on Faculty Review
NCFR has added its endorsement to a statement calling on institutions of higher education to pause their normal procedures for faculty review and appointment in light of academic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Continue reading...
Resources for Researchers from Wiley, Publisher of NCFR's Journals
- The Latest COVID-19 Research on Wiley Online Library
- Wiley Editing Services Available for COVID-19 Research
- Research Community Reactions to COVID-19
- The Psychological Effects of Isolation and How to Combat Its Negative Effects
- Online Teaching Resources
- How to Effectively Publicize Your Research
- 5 Tips for Promoting Your Research Through Facebook
- So You Want to Create a Webinar? Six Tips for Success!
- More Resources from Wiley
Talking to Children About Coronavirus
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Times) features NCFR member Abi Gewirtz, Ph.D.
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (National Public Radio) was created from interviews with a social worker, a developmental psychologist, and a clinical psychologist.
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (PBS Kids)
- Video: Coronavirus: How to Talk to Kids (Nemours KidsHealth)
- Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Child Trends)
- Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Child Trends)
- Disaster Mental Health Information: Pandemics (American Psychological Association) includes resources for practitioners and healthcare professionals; psychology supervisors and trainees; parents and caregivers; and more
- Children's mental health case studies (University of Minnesota) – online interactive tools are designed to help professionals and would-be-professionals explore children’s mental health
- COVID-19 Tips & Resources for Families with Young Children (First 5 LA)
- My Hero is You, a children's book to help children cope with COVID-19. A collaboration by more than 50 organizations, including the World Health Organization and the United Nations
- Baby Talks: Parent Coronavirus Questions Answered (ZERO TO THREE)
- Answering Your Young Child’s Questions About Coronavirus (ZERO TO THREE)
- How parents can protect kids’ mental health during the pandemic (Washington Post)
- Social distancing with an only child: How parents can help (Washington Post)
Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus
- Resources for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic (University of Maryland) Series of fact sheets that can be shared widely and adapted to meet local needs.
- COVID-19 – Family Social Science offers coping resources (University of Minnesota) centers around the study of ambiguous loss and was curated by NCFR Fellow Pauline Boss, Ph.D., and the Department of Family Social Science
- Living the Questions: It’s really settling in now, the losses large and small (On Being with Krista Tippett)— Pauline Boss, Ph.D. discusses what ambiguous loss means in the COVID-19 pandemic
- Do I have 'cabin fever?' What it is, how to 'cure' it (CNN) features NCFR Fellow Paul Rosenblatt, Ph.D.
- Coronavirus: An Almanac Special (Twin Cities Public Television) features NCFR Fellow Bill Doherty, Ph.D., addressing anxiety and uncertainty in relation to coronavirus
- Researchers from the University of British Columbia have received federal funding to help with global COVID-19 response. One of the researchers, Yue Qian, Ph.D., is the 2019 recipient of the Wiley Prize in Family Science, The Alexis Walker Award. Dr. Qian is originally from Wuhan
- Video: Adjusting to sudden income loss (Itasca County Television) Advice from Lori Hendrickson, M.Ed., AFC, CFCS. professor, University of Minnesota Extension
- How to Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety, According to Psychologists (Business Insider)
- Protecting Your Marriage From Becoming Another Coronavirus Victim (Institute for Family Studies)
- A COVID-19 research guide that includes how to cope with anxiety/social distancing and its impacts on mental health/relationships from popular psychology websites
- LGBTQ+ people and COVID-19 (Ithaca College)
- Love in the time of Corona: How to stay connected with family when we “gotta keep ’em separated” (Council on Contemporary Families)
- Stress, Resilience, and the Role of Science: Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University)
- A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University)
- Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things: Eldercare in Wuhan under COVID-19 (Association for Anthropology and Gerontology, and the Life Course)
- COVID-19: Impact for Families (Research-to-Policy Collaboration)
- Mitigating the Implications of Coronavirus Pandemic on Families (Research-to-Policy Collaboration)
- How to Keep Quarantine From Ruining Your Marriage (Carol Bruess, Ph.D.)
- Coronavirus pandemic: Cash transfer delivery methods matter for low-income families (National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families)
- Webinar Series: Addressing Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 (ZERO TO THREE)
- Social Science Research in a COVID-19 World (Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research)
- Fighting COVID-19 with Social Science: Resources for Congressional Offices (COSSA)
- Fighting COVID-19 with Social Science: Insight from the Research - for practitioners and the general public (COSSA)
- 19 and Me: A COVID-19 Risk Calculator (Mathematica)
Continuing Your Research Remotely
American Psychological Association
National Science Foundation
- Dear Colleague Letter on the Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Coronavirus Information
- NSF Letter to Community Regarding COVID-19
- Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations
- Resources from National Institutes of Health
- FDA Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic (Food and Drug Adminstration)
- COVID-19 Resources For Partners (National Institute of Food and Agriculture)
- Institutional and Agency Responses to COVID-19 and Additional Resources (Council on Government Relations)
- COVID-19 Pandemic Resources (Consortium of Social Science Associations)
- Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19 (National Council of Nonprofits)
Managing Your Work During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Protecting Your Patients and Your Practice (American Psychological Association)
- Office & Tech Checklists for Telepsychological Services (American Psychological Association)
- 8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You (National Public Radio)
- How to work from home without losing your sanity (CNN)
- Free Access to Online Teaching Resources (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Teaching Through Coronavirus: What Educators Need Right Now (Southern Poverty Law Center)
Working from Home with Kids
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- PBS TeacherLine
- PBS LearningMedia
- PBS NewsHour Extra: News for Students and Teacher Resources
- 6–12 Grade Level
- Parenting during coronavirus: What to know about play dates, education and more (Washington Post)
- Work and Kids Suddenly All Home? Be Flexible and Patient, Experts Say (Minnesota Public Radio) features NCFR member and Certified Family Life Educator Sharon Powell, Ph.D.
- A parent’s guide to surviving COVID-19: 8 strategies to keep children healthy and happy (Brookings Institute)
- Time to talk, play, and create: Supporting children’s learning at home (Brookings Institute)
- Parents Need Stress Relief, Too (New York Times)
- Just Give Them the Screens (for Now) (New York Times)
- Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now (National Public Radio)
General Health and Prevention Resources
- How Coronavirus Spreads – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Prevention and Treatment – CDC
- Guarding Against Stigma Related to Coronavirus – CDC
- Information for Travelers – CDC
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (including preparation steps for households, schools, workplaces, community- and faith-based organizations, health care settings, and more) – CDC
- People at Higher Risk and Special Populations – CDC
- Why Coronaviruses Hit Older Adults Hardest – American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
- Advice for the Public – World Health Organization (WHO)
- Coronavirus Global Health Emergency (United Nations)