Shining light on mental health in space science community | News World

The severity of anxiety and depressive symptoms in the planetary science community is greater than in the general U.S. population, according to a study led by a University of Hawai’i at Manoa scientist and published this week in Nature Astronomy.

“After reading about so much anxiety and depression in academia, and as someone who loves both planetary science and psychology, I felt like I needed to do something because there are so many people suffering,” said David Trang, an assistant researcher in the Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in the UH Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the time of this research and graduate student in the master’s in counseling psychology program at UH Hilo.

Prompted by growing recognition of a mental health crisis within the academic and research communities, Trang and co-authors from Hawai’i Pacific University, UH Manoa Shidler College of Business, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA and U.S. Geological Survey, surveyed over…


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