In true WT fashion, alums across many different fields have been strong voices and instrumental workers in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and in understanding its impact on individuals. Here are just a few examples of the work they’re doing.

Contact Amiena Mahsoob at mahsooba@winchesterthurston.org to share the pandemic-related work that you are doing.

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WT Trustee Jennifer Gonzalez McComb ’89, M.D., is the Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UPMC Shadyside and a member of WT’s Medical Review Board. In a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article this past spring, McComb shared her experiences working through the complexity and stress of planning for the virus and treating patients.

“This is the disease that pulmonologists are ready to take care of. This is what we trained for.”

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Cynthia M. Bulik ’78, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. This summer she called on WT’s “Think also” credo to guide individual responses to the ethical questions of mask-wearing in an article in Psychology Today.

“We are all in this together, but we can only get out of it together by thinking also of the comfort and rights of others.”

Read her article in Alumnae/i news.

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Cassandra R. Davis ’01, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studies disruptions to schooling environments, particularly following natural disasters. Davis authored a perspective piece for EdNC, in which her research on natural disasters provides guidance for schools navigating disruptions due to COVID-19. EdNC is the online newspaper of EducationNC, a collection of nonprofits and initiatives acting as a catalyst for change for North Carolina’s students.

“It’s time our policymakers start asking teachers pertinent questions regarding their needs and the extent to which those needs are met.”

Doctor Brody

Benjamin D. Brody ’95, M.D., is an Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is involved in clinical trials for the treatment of major depression and bipolar disorder. Brody is the corresponding author of “A COVID-19 testing and triage algorithm for psychiatric units: One Hospital’s response to the New York region’s pandemic.”

“The implementation of the algorithm is designed to mitigate COVID-19 transmission, preserve the safest and least restrictive treatment environment for psychiatric inpatients, and provide a model adaptable to other institutional settings.” – From the Abstract