Faculty Advisor

Wodin-Schwartz, Sarah Jane

Faculty Advisor

Balistrieri, Thomas J.


The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has wrought financial, social, and psychological problems across the United States. This project documented the emotional state of participants over a 21 day period utilizing a longitudinal daily diary. Participants were categorized into profiles defined by the variation and severity of their responses to six of the survey questions. Participants also completed an open response survey in an effort to contextualize their longitudinal data. They described positive and negative coping mechanisms that impacted their emotional state. While these open responses created a more holistic view of individuals within the study, we did not find a correlation between specific coping mechanisms and the participant profiles.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted


Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs