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The COVID-19 Psychological Research Consortium (C19PRC) Study is a longitudinal, multi-country study, which was set-up in March 2020 during the earliest stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The C19PRC Study aims to monitor and assess the long-term psychological and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of adults in the general populations.


In partnership with Public Health England, the study is being jointly led by the School of Psychology at Ulster University and the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with:

  • University College London
  • Royal Holloway
  • University of Liverpool
  • Napier University
  • Maynooth University
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Complutense University of Madrid

First Strand

The first strand of the C19PRC Study, which was conducted in the UK between 23 and 28 March 2020, involved the recruitment of a nationally-representative sample of over 2000 adults. Survey respondents provided detailed data on all aspects of their health and wellbeing, as well as their experiences of life during the first weeks of the government-imposed lockdown. Similar surveys were rolled out in the Republic of Ireland and Spain in April 2020.

Follow Ups

The first follow-ups of these samples are currently underway, and these adults will be re-contacted at regular intervals over the coming year to investigate how the pandemic is impacting on all aspects of their lives.

Initial findings from the C19PRC Study are available and have been published in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Regular study updates are available via the @C19PRCStudy Twitter account.

Dr Orla McBride discusses the COVID-19 mental health study