Punching Through Pandemics with Psychological Science is brought to you by Oregon State University's School of Psychological Science. The course is led by Dr. Kathy Becker-Blease, Dr. Regan A.R. Gurung, and Kate Gallagher.

We created this course because, collectively, we are facing a situation that is more akin to a Hollywood disaster movie or the pages of science fiction than a reality we are used to. While humans have faced various stressors before, and pandemics in particular, the extent of our social interactions and technological advancements serve to fan the flames of anxiety. Fortunately, there is wide body of psychological science that can alleviate many of the problems faced right now. This course is designed to harness the rich tools afforded by psychology to address the current and novel situation. There is uncertainty, there is fear, this course can serve as a tether in the storm to connect and inform, educate and relieve. We believe it should be available to everyone.


Kathy Becker-Blease

Kathy is Associate Professor and Director of the School of Psychological Science at Oregon State University. She has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon, with an emphasis in developmental traumatology, and has conducted research on children's reactions to trauma, disasters, and media exposure to violence.



Regan A. R. Gurung

Regan is Professor of Psychological Science and Interim Executive Director of OSU's Center for Teaching and Learning. Trained at UCLA in health psychology (NIMH Fellow), he has a Ph.D. in Social/Personal Psychology from the University of Washington.




Kate Gallagher

Kate is OSU's College of Liberal Arts Contemplative Studies Coordinator. A highly skilled yoga instructor, she has a Master's in Applied Religious Ethics with emphases on Buddhist/Yogic philosophies, psychology, and contemplative pedagogy. In 2018, Kate had the privilege of spending a year in a secluded, solitary retreat to study and practice meditation full time.