Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry professor Dr. Steven Taylor, who has recently published a new book titled The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global outbreak of Infections Disease (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019).
This book explores the psychological factors that influence the spread of pandemic infection, as well as the associated emotional distress and social disruption of such events. It reveals how psychological factors are important for understanding and managing societal problems associated with pandemics, such as the spreading of excessive fear, stigmatization, and xenophobia that occur when people are threatened with infection. This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the psychology of pandemics, and describes the psychological reactions to pandemics, including maladaptive behaviors, emotions, and defensive reactions. As well, it reviews the psychological vulnerability factors that contribute to the spreading of disease and distress and considers empirically supported methods for addressing these problems, outlining the implications for public health planning.
On Monday December 2, 2019, Dr. Taylor was invited to discuss the psychology of pandemics in a CBC radio interview with Gloria Macarenko on her program “On the Coast.”