A series of interviews with leaders from higher education and healthcare on the emotional and behavioral health of teens and young adults.
February 1st, 2023 | 23 mins 17 secs
On a new episode of the Quadcast, MCI reporter Mollie Ames talks to Dr. Amelia Arria, director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development and professor of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Dr. Arria discusses the latest trends in substance use among college students, including how their behaviors have evolved throughout the pandemic and the connection to overall wellbeing.
As students turn to substances to avoid uncomfortable situations, and then downplay potential consequences, Dr. Arria explains the challenge is changing this “risk-reward balance.” “What colleges have to offer is this challenging environment where you can really find your purpose in life and find meaningful friendships,” she says. “That’s part of the long-term reward. It’s not this immediate gratification associated with substance use.”
January 18th, 2023 | 27 mins 13 secs
This time on the Quadcast, MCI associate director Dana Humphrey hosts Sarah Lipson, PhD, EdM, principal investigator of the Healthy Minds Network (HMN). Together, they review the results of a new survey: the mental health of young professionals, a partnership between MCI, HMN, the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Although prominent researchers like Dr. Lipson have spent years investigating the mental health of college students, much less is known about what happens to these young people after they leave campus. From their survey findings, Dana and Dr. Lipson discuss what leaders in both the workplace and university setting can take away to help support the wellbeing of this population. The survey was conducted by Morning Consult.
January 10th, 2023 | 17 mins 3 secs
This week on the Quadcast, two members of MCI’s Board of Directors, Andrew Shepardson and Zoe Ragouzeos, join Executive Director Marjorie Malpiede to share their takeaways on college student mental health and wellbeing from the last year. Andrew is Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Bentley University, and Zoe is Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness Services at New York University.
Together, these experts discuss their observations on how the pandemic has left students socially and emotionally stunted, with new situational anxiety or exacerbated clinical issues. Young people are struggling to engage not only socially with peers but in the physical classroom, which has become unfamiliar territory for many. The way forward, they say, demands campus-wide efforts—from students, faculty and staff—to provide support and prioritize wellness.
November 22nd, 2022 | 20 mins 23 secs
In the second episode of MCI’s Quadcast series on peer support, executive director Marjorie Malpiede speaks with Dr. Ben Locke, chief clinical director of Togetherall, a digital, clinically moderated peer support network. Dr. Locke was formerly the director of counseling at Penn State University, where he was also director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. Dr. Locke talks about the “treatment gap” on college campuses and how colleges can respond. When it comes to a population-level issue like mental health challenges, he says, there’s “no single answer.” Yet peer support—in a variety of forms—may work alongside traditional services to be part of the solution.
The episode concludes with a conversation between Malpiede and Dr. Zoe Ragouzeous, the clinical director at MCI and head of counseling at New York University, who respond to some of Dr. Locke’s comments.
November 9th, 2022 | 35 mins 24 secs
This week on the Quadcast, we start a two-part series focusing on peer support in college settings, coinciding with the recent release of a new white paper on the subject by the Mary Christie Institute and the Ruderman Family Foundation.
On this episode, MCI Executive Director Marjorie Malpiede speaks with two former student peer support leaders who have grown their programs into national peer support organizations. Daniel Mirny is the CEO of Lean on Me, a national peer-to-peer text line for mental health support, and Samuel Orley is the co-founder and chairman of The Support Network, a peer-led support group model begun at the University of Michigan. The episode concludes with a conversation between Malpiede and Dr. Zoe Ragouzeous, MCI’s clinical director and head of counseling at NYU, on what was shared and what this means for the field.
October 26th, 2022 | 16 mins 11 secs
This episode of the Quadcast marks the end of our student advocacy series co-hosted by MCI Associate Director Dana Humphrey and Carson Domey, a first-year student at the University of Texas at Austin and longtime youth mental health advocate. Humphrey and Domey talk with Sam Gerry, a junior at Bates College who has spent the last several years channeling his own trials with depression and suicidality into a range of mental health initiatives.
The founder of a charity kickball tournament supporting suicide prevention called Kick it for a Cause, Inc., Gerry has also assisted research into the impact of teen social media use and sleep habits on suicidality; how multilingual people navigate the mental health system; and the sources of stress for high schoolers in Maine. On the Quadcast, he shares how these personal and professional experiences with mental health have informed his belief in the need for preventative care on college campuses.
October 12th, 2022 | 20 mins 26 secs
Associate Director Dana Humphrey speaks with Gretchen Ely, PhD, MSW, a professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s College of Social Work whose research focuses on access to reproductive healthcare. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobb’s Decision which overturned Roe V. Wade and ruled that there is no constitutional right to abortion in the U.S., the landscape of reproductive healthcare has changed dramatically. Dr. Ely discusses the impact the decision is having on college students and concerns that she and other experts have about increased barriers to abortion care.
September 28th, 2022 | 27 mins 31 secs
On this week’s episode, Eric Wood, Ph.D., LPC, the director of counseling and mental health at Texas Christian University, talks about evidence-based initiatives within the counseling center and beyond that expand the scope and definitions of mental health support, including community and campus partnerships and peer support communities.
Ep 47 A Collaborative Approach to Student Wellness, UT System’s Dr. Archie Holmes and Dr. Chris Brownson Explain
August 31st, 2022 | 21 mins 35 secs
This week on the Quadcast, MCI Executive Director Marjorie Malpiede explores the collaborative work of Archie Holmes and Chris Brownson, kindred spirits from different posts within the University of Texas System that came together in the interest of student wellness. Dr. Holmes is Executive Vice Chancellor of the UT system, while Dr. Brownson is Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center at UT Austin. With their respective backgrounds promoting academic achievement and mental health—as well as a recent $16.5 million grant from the UT System to support student wellbeing and safety services—the two are paving a holistic, mutually reinforcing path toward student success.
August 24th, 2022 | 26 mins 39 secs
Executive Director Marjorie Malpiede interviews Joe Tranquillo, Associate Provost at Bucknell University, who applies “UX” (user experience) thinking to a host of academic priorities, including retention. The Associate Provost for Transformative Teaching & Learning and Professor of Biomedical Engineering refers to the principles of the Coalition for Life Transformative Education (CLTE), in advising institutions to identify what it takes for students to thrive and apply that to “everything you do.”
Ep. 45 Youth Mental Health Advocacy Series: JED Student Mental Health Voice Award Winner Joseph Sexton
August 10th, 2022 | 21 mins 54 secs
Associate Director Dana Humphrey and youth mental health advocate Carson Domey interview Joseph Sexton, a senior at Vanderbilt University who was recently awarded the Jed Foundation’s Student Mental Health Voice Award. Joseph describes how he started an organization at Vanderbilt focused on building a movement around critical psychiatry and improving policy, research and funding with the goal of making “tractable gains” in suicide prevention.
Learn more about his work at the Vanderbilt Critical Psychiatry Conference website. To connect with Joseph, feel free to reach out through Twitter or LinkedIn.
Ep. 44 Towards a Fuller Understanding of Health: Combatting Disordered Eating at Colleges with Dr. Samantha DeCaro, PsyD
July 6th, 2022 | 22 mins 59 secs
This week’s Quadcast features Samantha DeCaro, PsyD, the director of clinical outreach and education at the Renfrew Center, a national residential facility for eating disorder treatment. Associate director of the Mary Christie Institute, Dana Humphrey, speaks with Dr. DeCaro about the unique stressors that can put college students at risk for new or exacerbated eating disorders. Particularly with the onset of the pandemic, conditions already correlated with disordered eating — isolation, disrupted schedules, and certain social media use — became more prevalent and more destructive. Now, Dr. DeCaro reveals what experts have learned about disordered eating since the pandemic and explores next steps for colleges hoping to foster positive eating cultures.