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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.

Student Success, Mental and Behavioral Health

The Meaning of Success: How the Coalition for Life Transformative Education is Changing the Game

Few would argue that college can be a life-changing experience. But what if it could change not just what you know, but who you are?  What if the goal of going to college were to achieve life-long wellbeing, as well as a good career? And what if that opportunity were…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

How Home Shapes Who We Are And How We Feel

What makes a house different from a ‘home’? Our renderings of ‘home’ are often represented by the affects evoked by it — one that can significantly transform the four, ordinary walls that envelop us into a place of comfort and solace or, for others, something quite different. In looking at…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Sponsored | Mental and Behavioral Health, Physical Health

FRONTLINES: Interview with Jake Baggott

There is not one defined set of experiences which provides the path to leadership in higher education. Jake Baggott’s trajectory, extending from his time as a student employee in the health center at Southern Illinois University to his current position as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Health and Wellbeing and…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Opinion | Student Success, College Affordability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Reimagining access to college in Roxbury, Massachusetts 

Educators and policymakers have been talking about providing all students access to college and career pathways for decades. The impact of technical training and two-year and four-year degrees on earnings and generational change is undeniable. Yet, progress has been, at best, slow. In Roxbury, Massachusetts, we are trying something different. For…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Kylie Unell’s Leap of Faith

Kylie Unell holds a number of identities.  She is a Doctoral fellow at NYU studying German and Jewish philosophy, a board member for Jewish organizations, a writer, a podcaster, and a public speaker who is Jewish and bi-racial. But it is the acceptance of the struggles that come with her…

MCQ. Issue 25
03/02/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A New Survey Shows Why and How Students are Turning to One Another for Peer Mental Health Support

The college mental health crisis is forcing new ways of thinking about student wellbeing.  With limited resources, high demand for services, and the continued challenge to reach those who are most at risk, peer-led mental health counseling is becoming wide-spread on campuses across the country. Defined as “mental health support…

MCQ. Issue 24
01/24/2022
Sponsored | Physical Health, Mental and Behavioral Health

Frontlines: Interview with Dr. James R. Jacobs

Frontlines: Interview with James R. Jacobs, MD, PhD, Executive Director of Vaden Health Center; Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Stanford University If you are in the field of college health, you have likely heard of Dr. Jim Jacobs. The talented, easy-going physician from Stanford has been at the helm…

MCQ. Issue 24
01/24/2022
Substance Use, Mental and Behavioral Health

College Substance Use in the Time of COVID

The effect of COVID-19 on college student mental health is widely reported and can, in part, be evidenced by the increasing demand for counseling services.  The degree to which the pandemic affected substance use patterns, including binge drinking and cannabis use, appears to be less obvious and, perhaps, more complicated. …

MCQ. Issue 24
01/24/2022
Substance Use, Mental and Behavioral Health

Smoke and Mirrors: What should colleges do about the proliferation of misinformation about cannabis?

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. Malinda Kennedy, ScD is a Project Director for the Maryland Collaborative and Faculty Assistant for the Center on Young Adult Health…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

New Healthy Minds Research Shows Worsening Trends in Mental Health Overall, BIPOC Students at Particular Risk

A new research paper published in the Journal of Affective Disorders sheds light on the worsening mental health of college students nationwide and documents inequalities in mental health issues and treatment for college students of color. Trends in college student mental health and help-seeking by race/ethnicity: Findings from the national…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health

Are Hybrid Services the Future of Campus Counseling? 

Junior Audrey Vint transferred to the University of Northern Iowa this academic year after attending community college back home – close to two hours away from campus. Under pre-Covid circumstances, she would have had to connect to new mental health services. However, with telehealth now an option with her provider…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

It Will Take Some Time: Student Engagement After COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting the world for three years now. It has disrupted the mental health of students and has changed the face of education. It has been an unprecedented period of transition that we are all still processing, and while mask mandates are lifting and things are…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health

Bringing Your Whole Self to Work: A Conversation with Rick McKenney, President & CEO of Unum Group

There was once a time when talking about mental health at work would be on the “what not to do” list for entry-level employees. But a new generation of recent graduates is taking their determination to normalize the conversation around mental health right into the workforce. The question is: how…

MCQ. Issue 25
02/16/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A Conversation with Carolyn “Biddy” Martin, President of Amherst College

When asking Biddy Martin about college student mental health and wellbeing, it is clear she has thought a great deal about it. One of the top concerns in her remaining months as president of Amherst College is how the trauma and losses of COVID-19 have affected students’ ability to thrive.…

MCQ. Issue 24
01/24/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Quadcast: Elizabeth Bradley, President of Vassar College

MCI:  You have just co-authored a paper on Mental Health on College Campuses, which I read last week. It is a terrific resource and provides great direction. Is this evidence that your interest and concern about student mental health has grown over the past few years? Has it become a…

MCQ. Issue 24
01/24/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Body Mods in Young Adults: Seeing Past the Stigma 

The sounds of Berlin techno post-punk flood the railroad style apartment as a group of undergrads watch a freshly shaven leg get poked once, and then again. The setup is makeshift: a stool, the low hum of a tattoo gun, gloves. This kind of gathering occurs almost weekly. Last session’s…

MCQ. Issue 24
01/24/2022
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