Social distancing during COVID-19 and the mental strain of a pandemic has affected the mental health of many adults and exacerbated suffering associated with existing mental illnesses, including mood and anxiety disorders and substance abuse.

This web forum will address the impact of COVID-19 on adult mental health, the shift to virtual appointments for patients seeking mental health services and lessons learned from providers of mental health virtual visit services.


Peter Yellowlees, MD

Chief Wellness Officer, Professor of Psychiatry, UC Davis Health

University of California, Davis

Sacramento, CA

Dr. Peter Yellowlees is a British-born American physician, researcher, academic and administrator. He is Chief Wellness Officer at UC Davis Health and Professor of General Psychiatry at University of California, Davis. He is also the Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC…

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Tonya Wood, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Director of Clinical Training

Pepperdine University

Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Wood is Director of Clinical Training in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University and has provided extensive lectures, training teaching and supervision on various subjects including  trauma informed care, cultural diversity, clinical supervision, psychological assessment and professional development.

After earning her Ed.S degree in School Psychology…

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Jan Mainz, MD, PhD, MPA

Clinical Professor, Clinical Medicine

Aalborg University

Aalborg, Denmark

Dr. Jan Mainz is a professor of Health Services Research at Aalborg University Hospital, Psychiatry, Center for Clinical Health Services Research. He currently acts as Executive Director of Psychiatry in Northern Denmark, and is an affiliated Professor at University of Southern Denmark.

Since 2002, Dr. Mainz has represented Denmark in…

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Birthe Dinesen, PhD

Professor and Head, Laboratory of Welfare Technologies - Telehealth & Telerehabilitation

Aalborg University, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Aalborg, Denmark

Dr. Birthe Dinesen is a Professor and Head of Laboratory of Welfare Technologies - Telehealth and Telerehabilitation and Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark. Dr. Dinesen has been doing research within the field of telemedicine for more than 15 years, has published over 81 peer-reviewed…

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