The STAT Conference

Seeking Tomorrow's Answers Together

What is COVID-19 Teaching Us?

Moving from Pandemic to Endemic

January 26, 2022

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. (MST)

The University of Denver will host experts from around the country in a virtual conference exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on all aspects of life. Sessions will address what researchers and clinicians understand to be the present impact of COVID on people, mental health, relationships and workplaces.

The event’s keynote speaker, Hilary A. Smith, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Denver, will share what past pandemics can teach us about future endemics.


Keynote:  The Pandemic Stress Test: A Historical Perspective on Moving Forward in the Age of COVID-19.  
  • Hilary A. Smith, associate Professor of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Denver 
  • Session #1: Reality & Scope of the Problem
    When Lockdown is Dangerous: COVID-19 and Intimate-Partner Violence  
    • Dr. Eve Valera, associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital 


    Stress in America: COVID Edition  
    • Dr. Lynn Bufka, senior director, Practice Transformation and Quality, at the American Psychological Association. 


    Brain Fog and Post-COVID-19 Syndrome: The National Jewish Health experience  
    • Dr. Jinny Tavee, Chief of Neurology at National Jewish Health. 


    Mitigating the Effects of COVID-19 on Young Children and Early Care and Education Programs 
    • Dr. Christina Weiland, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, co-director of the Education Policy Initiative.  


    In Times of Need: Comfort Dogs to Support Mental Health During Campus Quarantines    
    • Dr. Philip Tedeschi, Director Emeritus and Founder of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and a clinical professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver.  
    • University of Denver students:  Maddy Pontius (DU GSPP) and Julia Rozenzwieg (DU GSSW). 
  • Session #2: The Future

    COVID-19:  Transition from Pandemic to Endemic 

    • Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH is an infectious diseases doctor, professor of medicine and associate chief in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)


    Viral evolution—a view of the future 

    • Dr. Phil Danielson, forensic genetics and biology professor at the University of Denver