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Lerner Graduate Research Assistants Austin Brown and Mariah Brennan publish paper on self-esteem in 12-step recovery

Austin McNeill Brown and Mariah Brennan Nanni co-authored a paper titled Self-Esteem in 12-Step Recovery; Theoretical History, Evidence, and Implications for Future Research. Their findings further support that self-esteem and correlates of self-esteem should be considered essential components of recovery-related research, therapeutic technique, and treatment-outcome expectancies.

Monnat speaks about the negative effects of Coronavirus on rural areas

Shannon Monnat was interviewed for the KCUR 89.3 radio show in Kansas City, MO to talk about the rural health crisis in relation to Coronavirus. A majority of rural counties in Kansas and Missouri do not have the proper health care resources for critically ill patients, which forces patients to find care in larger cities. Monnat says, “It’s not just the rural health care infrastructure that becomes overwhelmed when there aren’t enough hospital beds, it’s also the surrounding neighborhoods, the suburbs, the urban hospital infrastructure starts to become overwhelmed as well.” Listen to the radio show and read the article: Coronavirus Patients From Rural Communities Without Mask Orders Are Crowding Kansas City Hospitals.

Faculty Affiliate Scott Landes Interviewed for NYT Article

Scott Landes was interviewed for this New York Times article: Developmental Disabilities Raise Risk of Covid Death. The article cites a new study that finds those with intellectual and developmental disabilities are three times more likely to die of COVID19. Landes addresses these findings: “Historically, it’s been a challenge for this population to receive good medical care. Because of their disabilities, they may have difficulty wearing a mask or maintaining social distance, or even understanding why the precautions are needed.”

Monnat quoted in Vox about COVID19 and the economy

Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat is quoted in this Vox article titled, Exit polls suggest significant polarization about the pandemic and its economic fallout. Monnat says, “If we want people to feel comfortable enough to go back out to bars and restaurants, to travel, and to send their kids to school, we need to see a decline in cases, and people need to feel confident that their peers will behave responsibly for the greater good.”

Monnat speaks to Buzzfeed about declining Trump support in wake of new COVID-19 deaths

Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat is quoted in this Buzzfeed News article: Trump May Lose Votes In Places Hit Hard By COVID-19. A new study has found that voter support for Trump and Republican senators has dropped in states with rising COVID-19 deaths. Monnat says, “As we have started to see outbreaks in many parts of rural America, people are finally coming to see that rural areas are not immune, and they have even less capacity to cope with it.”

Monnat talks to Vice about Amazon Tracking Opioid Use in US

Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat is quoted in this Vice article about Amazon tracking opioid usage throughout the country as a way to strategize their expansion. Monnat shares, “This is news to me, and it’s disturbing. I asked around to other drug experts I know, and none of them knew this was happening. I am a bit shocked but shouldn’t be. Corporations increasingly have access to a litany of data and know more about us than anyone else.”

Monnat quoted in CNN article about issues with 2020 Census

There have been a number of challenges with collecting census data this year, including tech issues, a shortened deadline, and the coronavirus. Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat speaks to the importance of good quality census data in this CNN article. She says, “The Census is the most important data in our country. Census data matter more than any other data that are collected by anyone in the US. A 2020 Census failure is a failure for the whole country.”