A series of interviews with leaders from higher education and healthcare on the emotional and behavioral health of teens and young adults.
Ep. 27 The Healthy Minds Study’s Winter/Spring 2021: Pandemic’s effects on mental health, college student loneliness, and other findings
November 3rd, 2021 | 18 mins 45 secs
Co-Principal Investigators of the Healthy Minds Network, Sarah Ketchen Lipson, PhD, EdM, and Daniel Eisenberg, PhD, discuss most recent data from the Winter/Spring 2021 Healthy Minds Study, an annual survey studying mental health and related issues amongst undergraduate and graduate students. Their research reveals recent trends on college student mental health and the pandemic’s effects - from loneliness and isolation to increasing rates of anxiety and depression. They also identify interventions considered most effective.
Ep. 26 Faculty on the Frontlines: Advice on approaching in-person teaching, finding resources on campus, recognizing signs of student distress, and conveying care and community
October 6th, 2021 | 20 mins 43 secs
Andrew Shepardson, PhD, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Bentley University and Zoe Ragouzeos, PhD, Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness Services at New York University and MCI President, share advice for faculty to better support college student mental health and wellbeing at this critical time. Strategies include building trust on campus, referring students to support, discussing mental health, and incorporating community and inclusion in the classroom.
Ep. 25 Dr. David Henderson on trauma-informed care and addressing cultural difference in college mental health
September 15th, 2021 | 15 mins 11 secs
Dr. Henderson, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center and Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine talks with us about the importance of acknowledging trauma and cultural difference when addressing the mental health needs of college students, now more than ever. With practical insights from his work in both resource limited countries and at an urban, community-serving health care center, Dr. Henderson provides advice and direction on how to better serve all students, from those of color and lower income, to those with serious mental health conditions.
Ep. 24 Advice for Parents and Students on Addressing Mental Health Concerns Returning to Campus with Dr. Marcia Morris
August 31st, 2021 | 22 mins 47 secs
College mental health expert, Marcia Morris, MD, Associate Professor at the University of Florida's Department of Psychiatry and Associate Director of the Student Health Care Center Psychiatry, brings insight and advice for students and their parents as the pandemic, and its consequences, continue to impact the college experience. Dr. Morris talks about the acute distress facing students of color and low-income students, the anxiety that remains around COVID-19, the four T’s (tips) for parents in supporting their student’s mental health, and how schools and families can help students with serious mental illness thrive at college.
Ep. 23 ACE's Director of Research Shares Mental Health Advice for Higher Education on the Return to Campus
August 18th, 2021 | 16 mins 21 secs
In the new Quadcast, Dr. Hollie Chessman, Ph.D., Ed.M., Director of Research at the American Council on Education, shares insights from three major research efforts, including the Presidents’ Pulse Point Surveys, which tracked leaders’ increasing concern for student mental health throughout the pandemic. Other studies provide best practices on institution-wide prevention and addressment strategies and a deep dive on the mental health needs of minoritized groups – all within the context of the past 18 months and in anticipation of the “new normal.”
Ep. 22 Supporting Students with Serious Mental Illness in College: Discussing Life-changing Policies and Programs with Dr. Dori Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University.
July 21st, 2021 | 25 mins 27 secs
Dr. Dori Hutchinson, Executive Director of Boston University's Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, discusses how colleges and universities can vastly improve their support for students with serious mental health conditions, from supported education, to improved access to accommodations, to more flexible policies on leaves of absence and re-entry. Dr. Hutchinson describes working with students in the NITEO program, which helps students on leave build resilience and avoid shame with an 84% success rate of returning to campus. The pandemic, Hutchinson says, has produced an opportunity for college administrators to offer more supportive options for students with serious mental illness.
Ep. 21 The Good that Came Out of it: The Pandemic’s effect on Student Resilience, Telehealth, and the Value of Increased Focus on Mental Health
June 23rd, 2021 | 27 mins 43 secs
Dr. Jill Grimes, a family physician, clinical instructor for UMass Medical School and author of “The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook” and Jill Henry, a high school teacher, award-winning cross-country coach, and co-author of the book - “The Greatest College Health Guide You Never Knew You Needed” recently co-wrote an op-ed that was published in the Hechinger Report called “The pandemic gave graduating high school seniors new strength and resilience.” The authors and experts came on the Quadcast to discuss pandemic silver linings - increased resilience, discussion of mental health and appreciation for healthy extracurriculars among teens and young adults.
Ep. 20 UVA’s Dr. Michael Gerard Mason on New Norms for Student Mental Health and the Necessity for Remembering Race in America Long After 2020
June 9th, 2021 | 20 mins 31 secs
Michael Gerard Mason, PhD, LPC, NCC, NCSC, is the Associate Dean of African American Affairs, Director of the Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center at the University of Virginia, and expert advisor to The Steve Fund. He spoke with us about his ground-breaking work on the mental health of Black students at UVA with lessons learned for all schools post-pandemic; how the pandemic changed caretaking norms on campus; and the inflection point that now exists for how we respond to racial disparities in this country.
Ep. 19 Community College President Pam Eddinger on What the Pandemic Exposed and the Promise of “A Just Recovery.”
May 26th, 2021 | 18 mins
We continue our series on College Presidents and Covid-19 with Dr. Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College in Boston who described how the events of this past year have shone light on decades-long disinvestment in the social networks that are critical to community college students’ success; and how a “just recovery” could impact their mental health and wellbeing in preventative, sustainable ways.
May 18th, 2021 | 18 mins 57 secs
We spoke with Jared Fenton, founder and Executive Director of the Reflect Organization, a non-profit dedicated to empowering college students to foster a culture of authenticity, self-love, and allyship on campus. Fenton describes his organization’s work and how it came to be, the Penn Face phenomenon, and his focus on providing “One Caring Person” for college students nationwide.
April 21st, 2021 | 18 mins 47 secs
We continue our series on college presidents’ during this unprecedented time with an interview with Howard University President, Dr. Wayne Frederick who spoke to us about what life has been like at the DC-based HBCU, his students’ resilience, what to look forward to, and what to look out for.
April 7th, 2021 | 25 mins 22 secs
A discussion about the results and implications of the just-released Role of Faculty in Student Mental Health survey. The survey explores faculty members’ perspectives on the state of student mental and behavioral health and their role as gatekeepers. Our guests are Sarah K. Lipson, PhD, Principal Investigator of the study and Assistant Professor of Health Law Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health; and Zoe Ragouzeos, PhD, Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness Services at New York University and Mary Christie Foundation President. Drs. Lipson and Ragouzeos walk through the survey findings and explain what steps faculty and college administrators can take to improve student wellbeing. You can find the report here: https://marychristiefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/The-Role-of-Faculty-in-Student-Mental-Health.pdf
Tomorrow (4/8) at 1:00pm, a webinar presentation will dive further into the findings with a panel discussion on the important implications for programs, prevention strategies, and campus policy. Register for the event here: https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/mcf/conferences