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. 67 A Bird’s Eye View: Dr. Jessi Gold’s Perspective on Whole-Campus Wellbeing

    November 29th, 2023  |  26 mins 11 secs

    Dr. Jessi Gold, Assistant Professor and the Director of Wellness, Engagement, and Outreach in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, joins the Quadcast to discuss campus-wide mental wellbeing. As a clinician who sees students, faculty and administrators, she has a unique perspective into the mental wellbeing of all campus stakeholders and how those populations interact with one another.

  • Ep. 66 Voices from the Youth Council: Mental health advocate Kelsey Matthews’ Story of Resilience and Perseverance

    November 8th, 2023  |  31 mins 29 secs

    Kelsey Matthews, a mental health advocate and member of MCI’s new National Youth Council on College Mental Health, joins the Quadcast to share her powerful story of perseverance that defined her path to a college degree. Youth Council Chair Carson Domey co-hosts with Dana Humphrey in an episode that touches on resilience, the first-generation student experience, and the impact of college affordability on access and wellbeing.

  • Ep. 65 How to Build a Career you Love

    October 18th, 2023  |  17 mins 56 secs

    This week’s Quadcast features a conversation between LearningWell Editor in Chief, Marjorie Malpiede, and Executive Writer for LearningWell, Nichole Bernier, on what she learned while writing her recent article: “How to Build a Career You Love.” In the article, Bernier reports on how colleges students are applying design thinking to reexamine traditional career paths through a personal, purpose-based lens. This new twist on career development is inspired by Stanford’s Life Design Lab and the best-selling book based on it, called Designing Your Life.

  • Ep. 64 LearningWell Back Story

    September 13th, 2023  |  29 mins 35 secs

    Quadcast hosts Dana Humphrey and Marjorie Malpiede discuss new content in LearningWell magazine, including “Bringing Wellbeing into the Classroom” a profile on the Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning at Georgetown University. The hosts talk about how and why they wrote the stories, bringing insights and information about their subjects that may not have made it into the magazine.

  • Ep. 63 Thinking beyond elite admissions with Kara Miller

    August 16th, 2023  |  19 mins 54 secs

    On today’s Quadcast, Boston Globe correspondent Kara Miller comments on the new report by Raj Chetty, David Deming and John Friedman, Diversifying Society’s Leaders? The Determinants and Causal Effects of Admission to Highly Selective Private Colleges, which points out the disproportionate admission of affluent students at elite colleges in comparison to students of comparable profiles with less means. Miller questions whether the hyper focus on who gets into so few schools takes away from the broader issue of opening up more opportunities across the board.

  • Ep. 62 Why LearningWell?

    July 26th, 2023  |  25 mins 58 secs

    A conversation with Richard Miller of the Coalition for Transformational Education and Marjorie Malpiede of the Mary Christie Institute on the debut of their new joint publication, LearningWell.

  • Ep. 61 Michigan’s New Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing

    June 28th, 2023  |  24 mins 2 secs

    In this week’s Quadcast, Ann Curzan, the Dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan, and Joslyn Johnson, Assistant Dean at LSA, discuss a new initiative at Michigan’s largest school where mental health ambassadors work in curricular and co-curricular settings, doing research and making recommendations for environmental improvements for student mental health and wellbeing. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Student Advocates are two new professional positions dedicated entirely to understanding and improving the institution's impact on mental health and well-being and making systems-level changes in support of student wellness. Curzan says, it is another (big) example of the wellness work taking place at the school, which recently joined the Okanagan Charter.

  • Ep 60 A Conversation on the Mental Health Effects of COVID-19 on Emerging Adults

    June 7th, 2023  |  31 mins 45 secs

    A new paper by Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, released last week by the Ruderman Family Foundation, suggests that the mental health of people between 18 and 29 has, and continues to be, disproportionately affected by the global pandemic. Arnette, a psychologist and scholar who coined the term “emerging adults” in his previous research, shows that the age group that was least at-risk physically from the virus was most vulnerable to it from a mental health perspective. MCI Executive Director Marjorie Malpiede discusses the findings with Dr. Arnette and Sharon Shapiro, Trustee at the Ruderman Family Foundation.

  • Ep 59 Experts Discuss Staving off “Stopping Out”

    May 10th, 2023  |  28 mins 47 secs

    On the latest episode of the Quadcast, MCI executive director Marjorie Malpiede speaks with Stephanie Marken, partner of the education division at Gallup, and Dr. Zainab Okolo, former strategy officer at Lumina Foundation and current senior vice president of policy, advocacy and government relations for The JED Foundation. Together, the two experts discuss the results and implications of a recent report co-produced by Gallup and Lumina, called: “Stressed Out and Stopping Out: The Mental Health Crisis in Higher Education.” Among its findings, this survey reveals the critical barrier emotional stress poses to not only enrolled students finishing their degree but prospective students enrolling at all. The response from colleges and universities, Marken and Okolo suggest, must focus on developing a culture of care on campus that can see students through to graduation.

  • Ep 58 A Wellbeing Toolkit for High Schoolers

    March 29th, 2023  |  35 mins 29 secs

    This week’s guest on The Quadcast is Jen Hamilton, the director of counseling at Nobles and Greenough School, an independent middle and high school in Dedham, Massachusetts. With MCI reporter Mollie Ames, Jen discusses her experience teaching the curriculum for Yale Professor Laurie Santos’ class, Psychology and The Good Life, to secondary students. While Professor Santos is in the midst of adapting her curriculum for high schoolers, Jen was a pioneer in bringing the course to a younger audience. For years, seniors at Nobles have enrolled in her elective to learn about strategies for reducing stress and promoting wellbeing. “We would love for our kids, when they graduate Nobles, to have a toolkit for not just how to handle bumps in the road as you’re on your journey to get to college, but well through college,” Jen said.

  • Ep 57 To Live The Good Life, Invest in Relationships

    March 22nd, 2023  |  17 mins 50 secs

    “The finding we didn’t expect and that at first we didn’t believe was the people who stayed the healthiest and lived the longest were the people who had the best connections with other people,” says Dr. Bob Waldinger on this week’s episode of The Quadcast. Dr. Waldinger is the 4th director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, which, after 85 years, is likely the longest-running study of adult life in history. Starting in 1938, it followed two groups of men in Boston from opposite socio-economic backgrounds and their families to chart determinants of wellbeing and human thriving. Today, Dr. Waldinger tells MCI Executive Director Marjorie Malpiede, the study’s findings could have critical implications for teens and college students, who are struggling with their mental health in record numbers. For people aged 16-24, the loneliest group of people in the U.S., Dr. Waldinger suggests investing in meaningful and reciprocal relationships early on can help them become happier over the course of their lives.

  • Ep 56 Meeting Students Where They Are: One Professor’s Approach to Care

    February 22nd, 2023  |  24 mins 22 secs

    This week on The Quadcast, MCI reporter Mollie Ames speaks with Sam Dolbee, her former advisor at Harvard College and a current assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University. As professors around the country find themselves on the frontlines of the student mental health crisis, Sam discusses his experiences providing care to students who are struggling. Conscious of the wide range of stressors his students are facing, Sam is willing to adapt his teaching to meet the needs of his students, as individuals or a group. “I think working with all students involves meeting them where they are and treating them like the complex, interesting human beings that they are,” he said.