A series of interviews with leaders from higher education and healthcare on the emotional and behavioral health of teens and young adults.
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.
Ep. 43 Meeting young workers where they are on diversity and inclusion, social responsibility and mental health
June 22nd, 2022 | 21 mins 44 secs
Elizabeth Ahmed is the Executive Vice President of People, Communications, Brand and Corporate Responsibility at Unum, a disability insurance company with 11,000 global employees. She speaks with MCI executive director Marjorie Malpiede about new approaches the company is taking in areas that are of particular interest to Gen Z graduates entering the workforce: diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, and mental health and wellbeing. Ahmed talks about the ways Unum has re-strategized corporate accountability since 2020, especially towards social justice, behavioral health, and helping Gen-Z workers find purpose in their careers. Creating sustainable work environments includes helping employees thrive, which ultimately helps customers, Ahmed said.
June 15th, 2022 | 25 mins 47 secs
This Pride Month, Mary Christie Institute’s coverage of the unique needs of LGBTQ+ student continues with our latest episode of the Quadcast, featuring David P. Rivera, PhD, associate professor of counselor education at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and special advisor to the Steve Fund. Dr. Rivera’s career in higher education has spanned counseling, teaching and administration, always with an emphasis on serving LGBTQ+ students and students with other marginalized identities. With MCI executive director Marjorie Malpiede, Dr. Rivera explains his latest work, Affirming LGBTQ+ Students in Higher Education, which addresses the unique stressors that LGBTQ+ students face and guides administrators toward constructive solutions. The “trillion dollar question,” he says, is how to ensure that all students feel they belong on their campuses.
Ep. 41 Two Student Researchers with the Healthy Minds Study on the Needs of High Schools Students, Students of Color and “Non-Traditional” Students.
June 8th, 2022 | 34 mins 11 secs
Researchers Akilah Patterson and Meghna Singh discuss their research interests (including the mental health of graduate students, students of color, and high school students), alternative sources of support and the need for cultural humility in counseling services.
Akilah Patterson, MPH, MCHES, is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a graduate of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and Meghna Singh is a Community and Global Public Health student at the University of Michigan and Student Associate Coordinator for the Healthy Minds Network.
Ep. 40 UMass Chan Medical School’s Dr. Maryann Davis gives practical advice on how campus stakeholders can better support students with mental health conditions
May 18th, 2022 | 25 mins 8 secs
Maryann Davis, Ph.D. is a professor of psychiatry at the UMass Chan Medical School and the Director of the Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) and the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (ACR).
She discusses the challenges students with mental illness face in their journey towards a college degree and how campus community members, particular faculty, can better understand and support these students. The Center recently released a video guide series with faculty and student narratives that help inform faculty on issues such as accommodations, reducing stigma around mental health conditions, and helping students thrive academically.
May 11th, 2022 | 27 mins 36 secs
Dr. Zainab Okolo, a therapist, advocate, educator, and strategy officer for student success at the Lumina Foundation, joins the Quadcast today to discuss a host of student mental health policy issues, including new research from the Lumina Foundation and Gallup that identifies college students' emotional stress as the main driver behind stopping college.
May 4th, 2022 | 25 mins 39 secs
Guest host, Carson Domey, interviews his headmaster, Alex Zequeira, at Saint John's High School in Shrewsbury, MA. Zequeira shares his observations on high school mental health from his years of coaching, teaching, and leading high school students -- from social media, the collective trauma of the pandemic, and building resilience before college. Carson and Zequeira worked together to implement the suicide hotline on the back of student ID cards.
April 27th, 2022 | 22 mins 13 secs
Paula Swinford, MS, MHA, CHES, is the director of the Office for Health Promotion Strategy and a clinical instructor for family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
Swinford talks about what it takes to create a health-promoting campus - from assessing student needs to establishing university structures – and discusses the five components of the Collective Impact Framework.