Kent State Coronavirus Research

Below are links to stories relating to Kent State University researchers' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. We would also draw your attention to that the fact that University Libraries is compiling a collection which pulls together research output and scholarly activities from March 2020 focusing on COVID-19 by Kent State University faculty, researchers and scholars. This collection hosted by University Libraries also provides access to full-text when copyright allows. If you are a KSU researcher and are interested in having your work included in this collection, please contribute content here.

Kent State Coronavirus Research News

Kent State Professors Research Proper Use of Face Masks to Better Protect from COVID-19

A student wears a Kent State mask during the COVID-19 pandemic

Two professors have conducted much-needed research on face coverings that use alternative textiles to protect the public from COVID-19 and how to keep those masks virus-free.

Researching Wastewater as Part of Ohio’s COVID-19 Response

A scientist looking through a microscope

Since March, COVID-19 has become a widespread topic of conversation. Finding ways to explain what this virus is, how one can treat it and how to slow the spread of the virus are just a few commonly asked questions with few clear answers. Xiaozhen Mou, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and her research team recently received funding for their hard work as part of Ohio’s statewide collective effort to discover traces of COVID-19 virus particles in wastewater.

Alcohol Consumption Increases During Pandemic

Photo of the necks of beer bottles lined up at an angle

While it's no secret that many college students drink alcohol, how COVID-19 affected these behaviors and patterns is the focus of recent research published in the journal Addictive Behaviors by the collaboration of William Lechner from the Department of Psychological Sciences and Deric Kenne from the College of Public Health. The pair sought to study the effects that a major stressor such as the pandemic could have on addictive behaviors and how vulnerabilities such as anxiety and depression played a part in the coping process of college students. 

The Outcome of Perpetually Doing Good

A selfie of two people wearing masks

In times of uncertainty and hardship, you can stand back and wait for it to pass or get involved. During the pandemic, people in the town of Kent and the Kent State community wanted to make a difference. Two Kent State students became the catalysts that sparked a 10-week project of doing good.

Has COVID-19 Knocked Us Onto Our Backsides? Kent State Researchers Study Pandemic’s Effects on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior

A Kent State University faculty member conducts a meeting online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most universities across the United States transitioned from face-to-face classes to remote learning, closed campuses and sent students home this past spring. Recently, a group of Kent State University researchers sought to examine the impact of these pandemic-related changes upon physical activity and sedentary behavior, specifically sitting, across the university population. 

Kent State Professors Use Mobile Devices To Study Behaviors During Pandemic

Young women with mask on cell phone, Photo by Maksim Goncharenok from Pexels

Before leaving the house, you most likely check to ensure you have your ID, your shoes and most importantly your smartphone. In the past decade, American smartphone usage has grown more than 50% according to a Pew Research Center study. Smartphones have become as commonplace as a wallet or car keys and Kent State researchers are taking advantage of this new commodity by using cell phone data to study individuals’ behavioral patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic and link cell phone use behaviors to mental health. 

Kent State Brain Health Research Institute Members Receive Grants to Study Effects of COVID-19


Two members of Kent State University’s Brain Health Research Institute have been awarded grants to begin research on COVID-19 topics.