October 6, 2020

Catherine A. Sanderson, Professor of Psychology at Amherst College, shared with participants four important methods to help navigate the stress of COVID-19.

On October 6, Willkie hosted a presentation by Catherine A. Sanderson, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Amherst College, on Finding Resilience in a Pandemic. The event was part of the firm’s Wellness Speaker Series. Through stories and participant polls, Professor Sanderson examined the science of resilience, reflecting on the unprecedented changes the last seven months have created in our personal and professional lives.

Professor Sanderson also provided remarks on four specific strategies for improving psychological and physical well-being during such challenging times: giving energy to our physical health and happiness, i.e. through exercise or meditation; finding purpose in our daily lives, such as with goal-making, projects or religious practice; spending time outside in nature; and building and maintaining connections with others, be it in person or online.

Catherine A. Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor in Psychology; Chair of Psychology at Amherst College. She has published numerous journal articles and books on how mindset influences happiness, health and even how long we live. In the time of COVID-19, her book The Positive Shift: Mastering Mindset for Happiness, Health, and Longevity is especially relevant, discussing at length the power of positive thinking. She speaks regularly for public and corporate audiences on topics such as the science of happiness, the power of emotional intelligence, the art of aging well, and the psychology of courage and inaction.

For more information on Professor Sanderson’s publications and speaking engagements, please visit her website here.