Public Mental Health Crisis during COVID-19 Pandemic
Students are asked to write an essay (up to 1,500 words) to address the following five points:
Describe a public mental health problem involved or revealed during the COVID-19 epidemic.
- Discuss how this problem impacts a specific group of people. Personal or more general examples are encouraged.
- Describe one way that the study of psychology can help you and others understand an aspect of individual cognition, behavior or development related to this problem. You must state, describe, and provide an example relating to at least one specific concept in psychology.
- Discuss one way in which the study of psychology can help you understand an aspect of social relations or influences related to this problem. You must state, describe, and provide an example relating to at least one specific concept in psychology.
- Discuss one way in which a concept in psychology can help inform a solution to this systemic problem. You must state, describe, and provide an example relating to at least one specific concept in psychology.
- Address the essay prompts provided above
- The work must be written in English
The work must be completed individually, not in teams or groups
- Include citations from credible, peer-reviewed sources
- Plagiarism is prohibited. The top essays will be submitted to Turnitin.com before awards are decided and essays with evidence of plagiarism will be eliminated from the competition
Submission format requirements:
- Times New Roman, 12-point type, double-spaced
- Include the title, author information on the cover page, and an abstract of no more than 250 words.
- In-text citation in APA format and a references list. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).
- MS Word Format Only
Eligibility and Rules
Entry is open to students from any country and any school. Candidates must be 18 years old, or younger, on the date of the submission deadline.
Submission deadline - 15th, August, 2022
Award Announcement - 1st, October, 2022
100 RMB. All income will be used for project operations and other non-profit activities.
First Prize 500 RMB
Second Prize 300 RMB
Third Prize 200RMB
Formatting and Language
An essay of no more than 1,500 words (Cover page, abstract, and reference page do not count toward word limit)
- A cover page specifying the title and author information.
- An abstract of 120-250 words.
- In-text citations in correct APA format.
- A reference page in correct APA format.
- Free of grammar mistakes
Accurately identify and describe the origin and current situation of a problem of public mental health
Provide Coherent and consistent line of reasoning
Use at least one specific concept in Psychology to support your point
Accurately and clearly discuss one way to inform a solution to this problem.
Dr. Ellen Langer is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University where she was the first woman to be tenured in the department. She has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. She is the founder of The Langer Mindfulness Institute and consults with organizations to foster mindful leadership, innovation, strategy and work/life integration.
Dr. Ma Shufeng is an Associate Professor of the Department of Educational Psychology at East China Normal University. She earned her Ph.D. at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research centers on children’s cognitive, social and language development in classroom contexts, specifically as children participate in collaborative group or learn through interactive instructional methods.
Dr. Xin (Alice) Zhao is an Assistant Professor(Chenhui Scholar) in Department of Educational Psychology at East China Normal University . She is broadly interested in how children across cultures reason about and learn from the social world. Specifically, her current research centers around children's developing understanding of choice and constraints across cultures, as well as its implications on children's behavioral regulation and social evaluations. She received her B.S. from Tsinghua University in 2014 and then her PhD from Cornell University in 2019.
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