Doctoral Students' Educational Stress & Mental Health (Webinar 4 of 5)

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This fourth webinar of the series will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on university students' educational experiences and mental health.

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Theodora Kokosi, PhD Candidate, UCL Institute of Education

Jana Brinkert, PhD Candidate, UCL Institute of Education

Vassilis Sideropoulos, Research Technician, UCL Institute of Education


Dr. Tara Béteille, Senior Economist, The World Bank


Dr. Maria Kambouri, Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Education


During the COVID-19 pandemic, both undergraduate students and doctoral students have reported elevated levels of anxiety and depression. Why this is the case has been less explored. What are some of the potential risk and promotive factors that may hinder or improve student mental health problems?

Using quantitative and qualitative data from the UCL-Penn Global COVID study, this talk focuses on the mental health of doctoral students. We will discuss how doctoral student mental health compares with that of undergraduates, postgraduates and non-student populations, across two periods of the pandemic: April to July 2020 and October 2020 to January 2021. We will share our findings on doctoral students' experiences during the pandemic, focusing on the role of cumulative stressful educational experiences, including those related to academic, personal and financial difficulties, in poorer mental health. We will also consider how positive coping strategies may promote good mental health among doctoral students.

These findings have important implications for educational policy, ongoing and future mental health support for students and job prospects post-PhD. We invite university students, education leaders, parents and policymakers to share their experiences and thoughts on how best to support our university students as we approach a new academic year.


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- UCL-Penn Global COVID Study Team

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