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The Mary Christie Quarterly provides thought leaders with news, information, and commentary on the issues facing administrators and policymakers regarding student health and higher education policy.

Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Student Activism in the Age of Covid

The pandemic wreaked havoc on the favored tactics used by student organizers — but also created pockets of innovation A month before COVID descended, early 2020 was already a time of acute upheaval at Brigham Young University. In February, the administration had decided to erase the edict against “homosexual behavior”…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Mental and Behavioral Health

India’s Campus Mental Health Crisis: How One University is Attempting to Create a New Narrative on Student Mental Health

As American college students report escalating rates of anxiety and depression, they may be comforted to know that students around the world share similar struggles. A 2018 report by the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health International College Student Initiative revealed that one in three first-year students from eight countries…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Sponsored | Physical Health

FRONTLINES: Interview with Dr. Sarah Van Orman

What does it take to make college health the “voice of public health” for the college community?  What enables it to prepare for and respond to the health challenges of the 21st century? And how has all this been challenged and advanced by COVID-19?  These are some of the questions…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Mental and Behavioral Health

If Everyday Conversations Were Music

Twenty-one-year-old Dennis Cogan’s Zoom background is an array of strikingly-colored band posters from his parents’ generation that cover his dorm room wall. “I wish everyday conversations were like music, where people would be honest about their emotions,” he remarked, pointing to a treasured blow up of Led Zeppelin. He smiled…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Mental and Behavioral Health, Student Success

Questions and Answers with Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

When Jeffrey Jensen Arnett applied the term “emerging adults” to the young people he was studying in the 1990s, he didn’t just change terminology, he challenged society’s perception of an entire generation and what was expected of it. The term, connoting transition, was made famous by Arnett’s 2000 article in…

MCQ. Issue 23
09/08/2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Q&A: Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth, authors of “Did That Just Happen?”

“Did That Just Happen?” provides an in-depth guide on how organizations can not only create but also sustain diverse and inclusive environments. Authors Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth, two clinical psychologists with marginalized identities themselves (Black and Queer), use real-life examples to show the negative impact marginalization can have on organizations…

MCQ. Issue 23
08/11/2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

Global Connections

Asian international students are questioning their choice to study in the U.S.  What can colleges do differently? In March 2020, thousands of international students scrambled to make a plan that would affect the next year of their lives, if not their foreseeable futures. The majority of them were from Asian…

MCQ. Issue 22
07/14/2021
Mental and Behavioral Health, Student Success

This Is Us: Supporting Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions in College

Getting through college can be hard, harder still for those with a mental health condition. From deciding to disclose a disability, to advocating for accommodations, to navigating leave and reentry policies, the journey can be so fraught with challenges that 86% of students with serious mental illness won’t ever finish. …

MCQ. Issue 22
07/14/2021
Mental and Behavioral Health

From How They Feel to Who They Are: Exploring the Emotional Wellbeing of Student Activists

Innovations in Behavioral Health Care is a peer-reviewed section of the Mary Christie Quarterly that features breakthrough research and commentary on the emotional and behavioral health of young adults. Samantha Smith MPH, CHES is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at University of Maryland School…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Mental and Behavioral Health, Student Success

Dear Professor: Here’s What We Wish You Knew

Insights from Interviews on the Role of Faculty in Student Mental Health Amid the pandemic, faculty have played an outsized and unprecedented role in student mental wellbeing. Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, professors often represented the only contact students had with their colleges or universities. Some faculty have embraced this…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Opinion | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

Activism and Self-Reflection: One Student’s Journey

It was August 2020, and we were five months into quarantine, which meant five months away from campus, and five months of the absent hustle of student organizing. Like many others, quarantine had brought me two main things: stillness and time to reflect. During the months prior, I had many…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Opinion | Student Success, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Commuter Students Need to Feel Part of the Campus Community – Now More than Ever

For many universities this fall, students will be stepping onto campus for the first time after a lengthy quarantine for in-person instruction. Among them are student commuters. While most students may relish the opportunity to live on campus and socialize with peers, others choose to commute from home for financial…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Opinion | Student Success, Mental and Behavioral Health

The Time We Wish We Had

I went to a birthday party this August, a few weeks before school started again in-person for the first time since March, 2020. A rising senior, I realized that, with the exception of a few close friends, I probably wouldn’t know most of the people at the party, or at…

MCQ. Issue 23
09/22/2021
Basic Needs

Judi Alperin King: The Head of the Wily Network on Basic Needs and Belonging for Students on Their Own

When she turns her camera on, Judi Alperin King, Ph.D., appears on Zoom, revealing a bare backdrop behind her, and the muffled but familiar noise of construction rumbling in the background. She quickly notes that the Wily Network, a safety net organization that supports college students’ basic needs, is expanding…

MCQ. Issue 23
08/25/2021
Substance Use, Physical Health

Innovations in Behavioral Health Care

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Virtual Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA The negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking, including academic impairment, social harms, injury, and death (White & Hingson, 2013) are perennial concerns. Nearly one-third…

MCQ. Issue 22
07/14/2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

The Mental Health of Asian International Students Should Be a Priority for US Colleges

There are currently over a million international undergraduate and graduate students attending higher education institutions in the United States, making up 5.5% of all enrollments.  This highly sought-after group of students has brought scholarship diversity, global perspective, and steady tuition to American higher education. But as these numbers start to…

MCQ. Issue 22
07/14/2021
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