May 8, 2020

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With stay at home orders in effect nationwide due to the coronavirus, feelings of autonomy and agency are diminishing. Essential and front line workers carry a different sense of loss, but a loss of control all the same. The weight and impact of stress is taking its toll on all Americans. Many are searching for new ways to cope, but the messages on how to cope, however, seem just as overwhelming as the accumulating stress.

How can individuals regain control over their lives during this pandemic? Is there a way to create a sense of normalcy? In this afternoon’s virtual webinar, NYU DC Dialogues presented a discussion on the psychological and physiological impacts of stress and the ways in which individuals can seek to manage it.

Featured panelists included Dr. Emily Balcetis, Associate Professor of Psychology, NYU College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Lawrence Balter (GSAS), Psychologist, Professor Emeritus of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt, and Dr. Zoe Ragouzeos (MSW '06), Associate Vice President, Student Mental Health, NYU, who moderated the discussion. The panel was introduced by Riley Searcey, NYU First Year Liberal Studies Student and current DC Dialogues Executive Board Communications Manager.

This event was free and open to everyone. Registration was required in order to receive log-in information for the webinar. Please note that this webinar may have been recorded.

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Dr. Emily Balcetis

Dr. Emily Balcetis

Dr. Lawrence Balter

Dr. Lawrence Balter

Dr. Zoe Ragouzeos

Dr. Zoe Ragouzeos

Riley Searcey

Riley Searcey

Riley Searcey is an LS Freshman from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. After this semester he will transition to his home campus in New York, where he will double major in Economics and Mathematics. He chose NYU for its study abroad opportunities, to be closer to his family, and with the goal of one day making the city his home. He is excited to join the DC Dialogues team and be a part of promoting and planning events that foster great discussion and learning for students at NYU.


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DC Dialogues is a student-led initiative created to engage the NYU DC community in key discussions on politics, culture, business, environment, education – and more. Through active participation from the student body, DC Dialogues will convene prominent experts of various perspectives to discuss matters most captivating to students.