The Quadcast

A series of interviews with leaders from higher education and healthcare on the emotional and behavioral health of teens and young adults.

About the show

A series of interviews with leaders from higher education and healthcare on the emotional and behavioral health of teens and young adults.


  • 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.

  • Ep. 39 Lumina Foundation’s Dr. Zainab Okolo

    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.

  • Ep. 38 A student and his headmaster discuss the behavioral health of high school teens

    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.

  • Ep. 37 Collaboration and Infrastructure in Campus Health Promotion Strategy

    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.

  • Ep. 36 The Steve Fund's New Executive Director, Dr. Tia Dole

    April 20th, 2022  |  21 mins 8 secs

    In this week's Quadcast, we speak to Dr. Tia Dole, the new Executive Director of the Steve Fund — the leading national organization dedicated to supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.

    Dr. Dole spoke of her background as a clinician, her work at the Trevor project, her motivation to take on this new role, and her passion for connecting disenfranchised young people with the support they need to thrive.

  • Ep. 35 President of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, Dr. Marcus Hotaling, on trends in college mental health

    March 30th, 2022  |  25 mins 12 secs

    The pandemic has led to increased demand for services at campus counseling centers as well as counseling staff turnover. Dr. Hotaling, the Director of the Eppler-Wolff Counseling Center at Union College and President of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), joins the Quadcast today to talk about how counseling centers are evolving, creating communities of care, and what today’s students are experiencing. The AUCCCD is the largest organization of campus mental health leaders in the world.

  • Ep. 34 Inclusive Excellence with DEI Expert, Dr. Sofia B. Pertuz

    March 16th, 2022  |  24 mins 4 secs

    On today's Quadcast, we interview Sofia B. Pertuz, PhD, SHRM-SCP, CPC, on how higher ed can work towards increasing sense of belonging for students of color and first-generation students and how the workforce can also invite these graduates to thrive at their own companies.

    Dr. Sofia B. Pertuz is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professional with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, inclusive excellence, and critical incident management in higher education, nonprofit and corporate organizations. Dr. Pertuz currently serves as the Managing Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Billie Jean King Enterprises and a Senior Advisor to the Jed Foundation.

  • Ep. 33 Carson Domey and Massachusetts State Representative Jack Lewis on improving state mental health policy and funding

    March 9th, 2022  |  25 mins 53 secs

    Young mental health advocate Carson Domey co-hosts the Quadcast to interview Massachusetts State Representative Jack Lewis on ongoing legislation to improve mental and behavioral health policies and funding. Representative Lewis discusses prioritizing social and emotional health education in K-12 school systems, adding crisis intervention hotlines to student IDs, and current state efforts to tackle challenges faced by social workers.

  • Ep. 32 Big Picture Strategies for College Student Wellbeing

    February 23rd, 2022  |  20 mins 56 secs

    In today's episode of the Quadcast, Dr. Carrie Landa, Boston University's new Executive Director of Student Wellbeing, talks about factors that contribute to student wellness and strategic initiatives colleges and universities can engage in to increase social belonging. Landa's expertise in psychology lends itself to teaching students resilience, such as CBT and DBT skills, to help them navigate with day-to-day events while also meeting students where they are when it comes to equity issues.

  • Ep. 31 Can Peer Counseling Help Solve the Mental Health Crisis on College Campuses?

    February 2nd, 2022  |  25 mins 37 secs

    In a new survey with Born This Way Foundation, we learn students' perceptions and experiences with peer counseling, revealing its increasing value as a resource. Defined as "the process of confiding in trained peers (fellow students, not friends) for mental health support, peer counseling may help ease the mental health crisis on college campuses, as we continue into the 3rd year of the pandemic.

    Maya Enista Smith, Executive Director of the Born This Way Foundation, and Zoe Ragouzeos, Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness Services at New York University, present key findings and implications of the report, placing this new data in the context of college life and youth voices.

  • Ep. 30 How One High School Senior is Fighting Stigma Around Mental Health

    January 5th, 2022  |  11 mins 21 secs

    Carson Domey joins host Dana Humphrey to talk about the advocacy work he’s been pursuing since before he was a teenager; more recently including his work with the Massachusetts legislature on promoting information and reducing stigma for teen mental health. Passionate and outspoken about ending the stigma around mental health, Carson Domey will be a recurring guest host on the Quadcast.

  • Ep. 29 A Year in Review on College Student Mental Health: Resilience, Awareness, and Opportunities for 2022

    December 22nd, 2021  |  19 mins 1 sec

    As the end of 2021 draws near, the Mary Christie Institute reflects on the continuing impact of the pandemic on college student mental health and higher education’s response to the uncertainty on campuses. Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness at New York University, Dr. Zoe Ragouzeos, discusses student isolation and loneliness, the pandemic’s silver lining that de-stigmatized mental health and outreach for help, and key findings on faculty’s role when it comes to student mental health.