Psychology faculty member’s research featured in international academic journal


Fri, 08/26/2022 – 2:52 p.m. | From: David Tisdale

The collaborative research of a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) College of Education and Humanities with several colleagues in his field is featured in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.

Dr. Michael Madson, a professor in the university’s School of Psychology, is co-author of the article “Mental Health Risk Profiles and Related Substance Use During the Coronavirus Pandemic Among Students Who Use Substances which is based on an extensive multi-site study with representation from all major regions of the United States.

According to Dr Madson, the results of the study suggest that students’ levels of anxiety and depression have remained relatively constant over a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and are concerning as anxiety was the complaint. most prevalent mental health problem among students. before COVID-19. The study also looked at the lasting impact of COVID-19 compared to many studies that have investigated initial effects.

“The fact that we found high levels of alcohol and cannabis use among students with mild, mild, and severe mental health symptom profiles shows that students might be using these substances to cope with their distress,” explained Dr. Madson. “It is important for university staff to monitor and process the return of students to campuses in person full-time. Colleges and universities will need to devote greater attention and resources to substance use and mental health and response than before the pandemic.

Additionally, Dr. Madson noted that he and his colleagues had found disparities involving ethno-racial and sexual minorities who were more significantly negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as they experienced more psychological distress. “Universities would benefit from implementing culturally appropriate mental health and addictions help-seeking campaigns to focus on reducing these disparities,” he said.

The article can be viewed at this link:

A member of the USM faculty since 2005, Dr. Madson’s areas of expertise include harm reduction of student substance abuse, brief health interventions, health promotion, motivational interviewing , addiction and recovery.

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