On this week's program:
Segment One: EKU psychologists Theresa Botts* and Melinda Moore ** offer a psychological chronicle of life under COVID-19. They invite you to offer an account of your own observations and experiences for discussion in future editions of their Eastern Standard series on mental health. LISTEN
Segment Two: Lora Smith of the Appalachian Impact Fund details a relief fund to tide over downtown businesses in Eastern Kentucky as they cope with COVID-19. Mindi Sheffel owns one of those businesses, the Read Spotted Newt bookstore in downtown Hazard. | How is the crisis impacting Kentucky's vast community of non-profits? We ask Danielle Clore, Executive Director of the Kentucky Non-profits Network | What emerges once COVID-19 is in our rearview mirror? We hear about the strategic plan of Hazard, Kentucky, formulated to survive the decline of coal and now the coronavirus, as well. LISTEN
Interviews (listed in order of appearance)
* Dr. Botts received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2001. Her specialty interests include: trauma and grief work, gender related issues, depression and anxiety disorders. Much of her clinical work focuses on working with the juvenile and young adult populations. Her therapy orientation integrates feminist, cognitive behavioral and systemic approaches.
** Melinda Moore is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Catholic University of America, where she trained in the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and conducted research on CAMS. She regularly trains clinicians in CAMS, as well as advocates on behalf of suicide prevention in her role as chair of the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group, Inc., a statewide suicide prevention nonprofit.