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The Conversation: How to Cope Mentally During the COVID-19 Crisis


Coping during the global coronavirus crisis. We tapped the expertise of resources in our community as we try and understand what we are feeling. How do we recognize what is driving our behavior in this scary time? How do we best deal with our fear? What is driving the compulsion to buy all that toilet paper? Strategies for coping - what can help you calm down?

Our guests today:

  • Dr. Jim Spira is a licensed psychologist. He holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and masters in public health from UC Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psyschiatry form Stanford School of Medicine. He is past president of the Hawaii Psychological Association, former Director of the National Center for PTSD, and former professor of psychiatry at the University of Hawaii. He is board certified in clinical health psychology.
  • Mitchell Lee Marks is an organizational psychologist who works with businesses and their members in dealing with change and disruption. He lives on the Big Island and is the president of the consulting firm and emeritus professor of leadership at San Francisco State University. He is an elected fellow of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has been named one of the Top 30 Global Gurus in Corporate Culture for the past 4 years. Marks is a prolific author of books and has been published in the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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