Academic experts available to discuss coronavirus
Northwestern University scholars can speak to medical, public health, economic angles and more
- Created: February 27, 2020
- Updated: March 26, 2020
The coronavirus epidemic, declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization, continues to spread around the globe, affecting governments, medical systems, businesses and individuals.
Northwestern University experts are available to discuss the rippling impact of the virus. Medical experts from Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine can speak to the physical and mental health impacts of the virus, as well as the public health response. Faculty from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management can speak to the global economic impact. And University spokespeople are available to discuss Northwestern's response to the epidemic.
Read our media advisories for the latest commentary from the experts. Journalists looking for expert insight can connect with faculty directly using the contact information below, or reach out to media relations for assistance.
Media advisories on coronavirus
- Serology (immunity) tests are next step in COVID-19 fight - April 2
- New COVID-19 webinar series focuses on transportation and logistics issues - April 1
- Video: Medical students organize volunteers to collect, donate COVID-19 PPE -- #GetMePPEChi - March 28
- Medical students organize volunteers to help community - March 26
- No higher risk for COVID-19 from hypertension drugs - March 25
- Federal government must step up in fight against COVID-19, says infectious disease expert - March 25
- 'Politics overshadowed real economic concerns,' says Northwestern finance professor - March 25
- Law professor offers pop-up course, 'Law in the Time of Coronavirus' - March 24
- COVID-19 and antibiotics - March 23
- 'Take this seriously,' say Northwestern doctors in COVID-19 video - March 19
- Religious studies expert available on church's decision to cancel mass, limit funerals in response to COVID-19 - March 19
- Expert tips for safely disinfecting your home - March 18
- Narrative psychologist breaks down President Trump's "strange" response to COVID-19 - March 18
- Expert perspectives on Trump's cash plan, remote work and other economic concerns - March 17
- Social isolation and guns are not a good mix - March 17
- Food insecurity and food handling during the pandemic - March 16
- Teaching in the time of COVID-19 - March 16
- ‘Appalled’ by O’Hare scene: ‘This is not poor planning. This is no planning’ - March 15
- First case of COVID-19 confirmed at Northwestern - March 13
- Religious studies expert available on decision to call off mass in response to COVID-19 - March 13
- Webinar: Northwestern anthropologist Adia Benton to discuss coronavirus response in U.S., globally - March 13
- Rep. Lipinski and local healthcare experts hold telephone town hall on the coronavirus - March 13
- How nonprofits, businesses, government agencies must work together to save lives, mitigate downstream impact - March 13
- Coronavirus: mortality fears; working remotely; and leadership response in a crisis - March 12
- Coping with COVID-19 social isolation - March 12
- Dance Marathon fundraising will continue after decision not to hold event - March 4
- Northwestern experts available on economic impact of coronavirus - March 4
- What could a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. look like? - Feb. 28
- Coronavirus anxiety? Experts offer coping tactics amidst uncertainty - Feb. 26
- Update for the community on coronavirus - Feb.10
- Concerns over coronavirus send stocks tumbling - Jan. 27
- Trying to stop coronavirus: first step is to find vulnerability - Jan. 24
- Infectious disease expert says U.S. is 'totally unprepared' to handle epidemic - Jan. 21
- COVID-19 drug trial launches at Northwestern Medicine - March 31
- New app allows NICU families to ‘visit’ baby during COVID-19 pandemic - March 31
- COVID-19 testing now taking place in transformed Northwestern lab - March 30
- Futuristic technology prints 1,000 face shield components per day - March 29
- Self-sanitizing face mask project receives NSF RAPID grant - March 24
- New drug target found for COVID-19 - March 19
- New coronavirus protein reveals drug target - March 2
- No coronavirus transmission in womb, study suggests - Feb. 13
Interview the experts
- Virology and infectious diseases
- Mental health and isolation
- Business and economics
- University response
Robert Murphy, executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Feinberg , is well versed in the ever-evolving facts surrounding COVID-19, including physical symptoms, how it spreads, updates on potential treatments and vaccines, and how public health officials are managing the disease’s spread. As a global health expert, Murphy can speak about this epidemic and how it compares to previous disease outbreaks.
Karla Satchell, professor of microbiology-immunology at Feinberg, leads a national team of scientists who are investigating the structure of the coronavirus to understand how to stop it from replicating in human cells.
Michael Ison, professor of infectious diseases and organ transplantation at Feinberg and a Northwestern Medicine physician, can speak about the clinical side of the virus, including symptoms and the promise of potential treatments. As one of Northwestern's go-to influenza experts, Ison is well versed at speaking to media about the flu and other respiratory viruses.
Wei Zhang, associate professor of preventive medicine at Feinberg, recently co-authored a study of nine pregnant women in Wuhan, China, that found no evidence that coronavirus can jump from mother to fetus in the womb. Based in Chicago, Zhang provided epidemiology and data interpretation for this study and is continuing to work with scientists in China to research COVID-19.
Studies how microbial communities respond to human-made chemicals
Erica Hartmann, an assistant professor of environmental engineering, studies microbiomes inside built environments. She can discuss how best to disinfect homes and workplaces to kill viruses but without unintentionally causing bacteria to develop antimicrobial resistance.
Expert on global health and health disparities
Lori Post is the director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and a professor of emergency medicine and medical social sciences and at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Post is an expert in global health and health disparities and can speak about potential disruptions to the food supply during the COVID-19 outbreak and if it’s safe to eat food handled by people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Can discuss hypochondria and concerns about the virus
Having written a book about the state of hypochondria in America, Catherine Belling, as associate professor of medical education at Feinberg, can discuss anxiety and how to decipher what might be hypochondria versus rational concern about the virus. Belling says the real issue with COVID-19 is the uncertainty surrounding the disease, which leads some people to panic while others underreact, become complacent and neglect to take the necessary precautions to be safe.
Stewart Shankman, chief of psychology at Feinberg, can speak about coping mechanisms for anxiety related to the spread of a disease such as COVID-19, including deep breathing, exercise and not reading or researching too much about the epidemic. He said it’s important to strike a balance between being informed and catastrophizing.
Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology and director of the Northwestern Medicine Sleep Disorders Center, studies the impact of sleep and light on overall health. She can provide advice on how to use sun and artificial light to improve mood, physical health, and general well-being, which can be especially helpful during periods of self-isolation due to coronavirus social distancing.
Studies impact of emotions on health
Andrea Graham, assistant professor of medical social sciences, studies the use of online and mobile technologies for medical treatment. She can discuss strategies to maintain positive mental health while in isolation.
Alexandra Solomon, assistant clinical professor in Northwestern's Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program and a staff therapist at The Family Institute, teaches the course “Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101” and is the author of “Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want.” She can speak about the complications of working from home and being in constant contact with a spouse.
Claudia Haase, an assistant professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy, studies emotions in individuals and couples across the life span. She can discuss ways we can deal with our own and others’ emotions amidst COVID-19. A special focus is on emotion regulation in older adults and educators and what we can and cannot control.
Expert on remote teaching for theater and music performance
Jon Haas is an academic advisory and music theatre lecturer at the School of Communication. Haas is available to speak about moving to remote teaching and learning and how remote learning is a good fit for some of the arts.
Expert on remote teaching for theater performance
Cindy Gold is a theatre professor at the School of Communication. Gold is available to speak on adjustments being made to theatre classes now being taught remotely and how remote learning is a good fit for some classes.
Maryann Mason is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and leads violence and injury research at Feinberg’s Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at the Institute for Public Health. She is available to speak on the dangers of firearm ownership when combined with social isolation and provide tips on how to minimize risk during this period of coronavirus-related social distancing.
Leigh Thompson is the J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations in the Kellogg School of Management and an adjunct professor of psychology. She is available to speak on the common issues that come up with virtual communication between colleagues, peers, bosses and customers.
Phillip Braun, clinical professor of finance at Kellogg, specializes in emerging market economies and financial markets. He can discuss the impact of the epidemic on business, stock markets and the global economy.
Sunil Chopra, the IBM Distinguished Professor of Operations Management at Kellogg, is an expert in operations management, logistics and distribution networks and is able to discuss how coronavirus might impact the global supply chain.
Jorg Spenkuch, associate professor of managerial economics and decision sciences at Kellogg, is an expert in strategic crisis management for businesses. He helps business leaders develop decision protocols and procedures for crises, including pandemic.
Nicholas Pearce, clinical associate professor of management and organizations at Kellogg, studies leadership and is the author of "The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life's Work." He can speak about how leaders should balance profits and values as they lead their companies through crisis.
Michelle Shumate, professor of communications studies in the School of Communication, is a leading researcher on interorganizational networks who can speak to interagency collaboration and response. For 15 years, she’s researched how organizations can work together to respond to social issues.
Expert on humanitarian logistics
Karen Smilowitz, the James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, studies how pressure on the food supply chain could impact those who need supplies the most, including public school students and those who rely on food banks.
Expert on human development and social policy
Dan P. McAdams is the Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Psychology and professor of human development and social policy at the School of Education and Social Policy and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He is available to speak to media about President Donald Trump's behavior and response in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Expert on business law
Mark McCareins is a clinical professor of business law in the strategy department and co-director of the JD/MBA program at Kellogg. McCareins is available to speak with media on consumer contracts and care.
Jon Yates, director of media relations at Northwestern University, will handle any questions about the university's response and preparations. University coronavirus statements and response plans also are available online.