Research Roundup: Studying Mental Health During the Pandemic

Published October 12, 2021


The University at Buffalo’s Participate in Research portal features a number of studies centered on the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most unique is a study from UB’s School of Nursing.


Researchers are comparing ways to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and wellbeing in underserved communities. This randomized controlled trial examines the effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for reducing stress and its effects on mental health and wellness.

Participation in this fully virtual, paid research study involves an eight-to-nine-week mindfulness program, using smartphone or Zoom technology, and completing questionnaires and interviews. Participants are randomly assigned to a teleconference group, a smartphone app group, or a wait list control group.


  • Adults ages 18 years or older
  • Fluency in English
  • Reside in one of the underserved, primarily African American communities in Buffalo
  • Feelings of worry or stress

Participants are compensated.

More info: or complete the interest form at

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