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. 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.

  • Ep. 28 Elizabeth Bradley, President of Vassar College, Discusses the Role of Higher Education in Stewarding Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

    December 1st, 2021  |  24 mins 15 secs

    In this interview, President Bradley provides insights from her new paper, Mental Health on College Campuses, a comprehensive overview of the state of college student mental health, from prevalence trends and capacity issues to prevention, education and emerging service strategies.

  • 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.