Graduate Program

Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Semester of Degree Completion

Summer 2022

Thesis Director

Wesley D. Allan

Thesis Committee Member

Ronan S. Bernas

Thesis Committee Member

JungSu Oh


The COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with numerous negative mental health outcomes such as social anxiety, and lead to a great deal of uncertainty. Intolerance of Uncertainty is a relatively new concept in the psychology literature and has begun to be studied in the context of anxiety. Literature has found a positive correlation between Intolerance of Uncertainty and several types of social anxiety. With these findings, researchers have begun to examine the COVID-19 pandemic to see how Intolerance of Uncertainty affects people’s mental health during the pandemic. Intolerance of Uncertainty may be a mediator between social anxiety and the fears related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper proposed a study to examine whether Intolerance of Uncertainty is a mediator between social anxiety and fear of COVID-19 in college students, and found that Intolerance of Uncertainty acts a mediator between fear of COVID-19 and social anxiety.