The research team has been engaged in research related to COVID-19 pandemic from the very beginning. Here are selected papers that highlight some of the key contributions to ongoing dialogues on the pandemic and research highlight the impact on population health, wellbeing, and equity.


Hall, B. J., Li, G., Rafiq, M. Y., Lu, J., & Li, C. (in press). Digital determinants of public mental health and wellbeing in Shanghai during the 2022 lockdown. Asian Journal of Psychiatry. doi: IF: 13.89. WOS: Q1 (30/257)

Fu, M., Huang, N., Hall, B. J., Shi, Q., & Guo, J. (in press). Attribution of Responsibility, Coping and Mental health Does the Attribution of Responsibilities Moderate the Relationship between Coping Styles and Mental Health? A survey of Chinese adults in COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/13591053211025596

Chang, C. I., Sit, H. F., Chao, T., Chen, C., Shen, J., Cao, B., Montag, C., Elhai, J. & Hall, B. J. (2022). Exploring subtypes and correlates of internet gaming disorder severity among adolescents during COVID-19 in China: A latent class analysis. Current Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s12144-022-03133-8. IF: 4.297. WOS: Q1 (23/140)

Gan, Y., Ma, J., Wu, J., Chen, Y., Zhu, H., & Hall, B. J. (2022). Immediate and delayed psychological effects of province-wide lockdown and personal quarantine during the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Psychological Medicine. doi: IF: 10.592. WOS: Q1 (5/130)

Shi, W., Yuan, G.F., Hall, B. J., Zhao, L., & Jia, P. (in press). Cross-lagged relations between adolescents' depression, anxiety, and family mutuality before and after COVID-19 lockdown. Family Relations, IF: 3.082. WOS: Q1 (11/47)

Chen, Y., Hall, B. J., Ma, J., Zhu, H., Wu, J. H., Gan, Y. (in press). The effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Risk Perception and Perceived Social Support on Public Trust in Physicians in China: A Latent Transition Analysis. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology. doi: 10.1177/18344909221089368 IF: 1.878. WOS: Q3 (92/147)

Gémes, K., Bergström, J., Papola, D., Barbui, C., Lam, A. I. F., Hall, B. J., Seedat, S., Morina, N., Quero, S., Campos, D., Pinucci, I., Tarsitani, L., Deguen. S., van der Waerden, J., Patanè, M., Sijbrandij, M., Acartürk, C., Burchert, S., Bryant, R.A., & Mittendorfer-Rutz, E. (2022). Symptoms of anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic in six European countries and Australia – differences by prior mental illness and migration status. Journal of Affective Disorders, 311, 214-223. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.05.082 IF: 4.839. WOS: Q1 (25/144)

Jin, Y., Sun, H.L., Lam, S., Su, Z., Hall, B.J., Cheung, T., Qin, M.Z., Ng, C.H. & Xiang, Y.T., and the International Research Collaboration on COVID-19. (in press). Depressive symptoms and gender differences in older adults in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic: a network analysis approach. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 18, 3934-3941. doi:10.7150/ijbs.69460 IF: 10.750. WOS: Q1 (28/296)

Guan, C.H., Tan, J., Hall, B. J., Liu, C., Li, Y., & Cai, Z. (2022). The effect of the built environment on the COVID-19 pandemic at the initial stage: A country-level study of the USA. Sustainability, 14, 3417. doi: https:// IF: 3.889. WOS: Q2 (57/127)

Shi, W., Yuan, F.G., Hall, B. J., Liu, X., Zhao, X.X., & Jia, P. (2021). Mental Disorders and Emotional Competence among Chinese Adolescents before and during COVID-19: A Longitudinal Mediation Model. Frontiers in Public Health, 9:767004. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.767004.

Liem, A., Cheng, W., *Dong, C., Lam, A.I.F, Latkin, C., & Hall, B. J. (2021). Knowledge and awareness of COVID-19 among Indonesian migrant workers in the Greater China region. Public Health, 197, 28-35. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2021.05.029

Liu, S., Xi, H.T., Zhu, Q., Ji, M., Zhang, H., Yang, B.X., Bai, W., Cai, H., Zhao, Y.J., Chen, L., Ge, Z.M., Wang, Z., Han, L., Chen, P., Liu, S., Cheung, T., Hall, B. J., An, F., & Xiang, Y.T. (2021). The prevalence of fatigue among Chinese nursing students in post-COVID-19 era. PeerJ, 9:e11154.

Zhou, Y., Ding, H., Zhang, Y., Zhang, B., Guo, Y., Cheung, Y., Hall, B. J., Shi, T., Xiang, Y.T., & Tang, Y. (2021). Prevalence of poor psychiatric status and sleep quality among frontline healthcare workers during and after the COVID-19 outbreak: a longitudinal study. Translational Psychiatry, 11, 223. doi:

Cao, B., Wang, D., Wang, Y., Hall, B. J., Wu, N., Wu, M., Ma, Q., Tucker, J.D., & Lv, X (2021). Moderating effect of people-oriented public health services on depression among people under mandatory isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional study in China. BMC Public Health, 21, 1374. doi:

Hall, B. J., Zhao, P., Xiong, M., Latkin, C., Yang, B. & Cheng, W. (2021). Depression, quality of life, and alcohol misuse among international migrants during the COVID-19 epidemic in China. BMJ Open, 11:e048012.

Zhang, H. H., Zhao, Y. J., Wang, C., Zhang, Q., Yu, H. Y., Cheung, T., Hall, B. J., An, F. R., & Xiang, Y. T. (2021). Depression and its relationship with quality of life in frontline psychiatric clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic in China: a national survey. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 17,3: 683-688. doi:10.7150/ijbs.56037.

Wang, C., Tian, Q., Zhao, P., Xiong, M., Latkin, C.A., Gan, Y., Hall, B. J., & Yang, B. (2020). Disease knowledge and attitudes during the COVID-19 epidemic among international migrants in China: A national cross-sectional study. International Journal of Biological Sciences, 16, 15, 2895-2905. doi: 10.7150/ijbs.47075.

Yang, Y., Li, W., Zhang, L., Zhang, Q., Cheung, T., Hall, B.J., Xiang, Y.T. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on clinical research in China: challenges and progress. Frontiers in Medicine: Infectious Diseases – Surveillance, Prevention and Treatment, 7:523. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2020.00523

Liu, Z.H., Zhao, Y.J., Feng, Y., Zhang, Q., Zhong, B.L., Cheung, T., Hall, B. J., & Xiang, Y.T. (2020). Migrant workers in China need emergency psychological interventions during the COVID-19 outbreak. Globalization and Health, 16, 75. doi:

Fang, M., Hu, S.X., Hall, B. J. (2020). A mental health workforce crisis in China: A pre- existing treatment gap coping with the COVID-19 pandemic challenges. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 54, 102265. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2020.102265

Liem, A., Sit, H.F., Arjadi, R., Patel, A.R., Elhai, J. D., & Hall, B. J. (2020). Ethical standards for telemental health must be maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 53, 102218. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2020.102218

Miao, C., Xue, D. Tour, L., Yang, H., & Hall, B. J. (2020). Psychological distress and state boredom during the COVID-19 outbreak in China: the role of meaning in life and media use. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 11:1, 1769379. doi: 10.1080/20008198.2020.1769379

Miao, C., Xue, D. Tour, L., Yang, H., & Hall, B. J. (2020). Media use and acute psychological outcomes during the novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) outbreak in China. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 74, 102248. doi:

Gan, Y., Chen, Y., Wang, C., Latkin, C., & Hall, B. J. (2020). The fight against COVID-19 and the restoration of trust in Chinese medical professionals. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 51, 102072. doi:

Liem, A., Wang, C., Wariyanti, Y., Laktin, C., & Hall, B. J. (2020). The neglected health of international migrant workers in the COVID-19 epidemic. Lancet Psychiatry, 7, 4:e20. doi: