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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, Physical Health

Patterns During the Pandemic:  How Eating Disorders Have Affected College Students During COVID-19

When the pandemic struck midway through the second semester of her sophomore year at college, 19-year-old Jane flew thousands of miles home to California and found herself almost entirely without the activities or responsibilities that she’d devoted herself to before. “I went home, and all of a sudden, I had…

MCQ. Issue 22
07/14/2021
Sexual Assault and Title IX

Campus Concern: Sexual Assault Post-Pandemic

Returning to college this fall may require heightened efforts towards sexual assault prevention Across the nation, colleges and their students are preparing to return to campus for a fall semester like no other. This year, half of all students at many four-year universities will be experiencing college life for the…

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

FRONTLINES: Interview with Dr. Jean Chin

As we continue to recognize the expertise of college health leaders in our FRONTLINES column, Dr. Jean Chin, from the University of Georgia, stands out.  She is a superb role model for all who have been fortunate enough to work for or with her.  She developed her focus on service…

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

Grad Student Mental Health: A Balancing Act For Those in the Middle

As schools scrambled to remain in operation last fall, Tamara Allard, a Ph.D. student in developmental psychology, found herself not only balancing her own mental health on top of her research and work responsibilities, but also the mental health of over 100 students she supported as a teaching assistant. Throughout…

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

Mental Health in Arab American Muslim Communities and How the Landscape is Changing

To the Arab American Muslim community, stigma around mental health is anything but new. According to a pilot study that assessed the attitudes toward depression in Arab American Muslims, 34.7% of respondents reported that black magic or evil eye could cause depression. While the Arab and Muslim communities are two…

MCQ. Issue 22
07/14/2021
Student Success

Gloria Cordes Larson’s Speaks at Bentley University’s Commencement 2021

Class of 2021, Good morning! Can you believe this day has arrived? I’m thrilled to see you all again and I couldn’t be happier that we’re together here at Fenway Park. Congratulations to you all! To Chair of the Board and Interim President Paul Condrin and to the Bentley board…

MCQ.
05/24/2021
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

Faculty are on the frontlines of a worsening student mental health crisis

In “Faculty’s Response to Student Mental Health,” the Boston University School of Public Health, the Healthy Minds Network, and the Mary Christie Foundation found that nearly 80% of higher education faculty report having dealt with student mental health issues over the past 12 months and nearly 90% believe student mental…

MCQ. Issue 21
04/14/2021
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
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
Mental and Behavioral Health, College Affordability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Success

Questions and Answers with Nicholas Zeppos, Chancellor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University

Well before the media coined it “the college mental health crisis,” Nicholas Zeppos made student mental health one of his key priorities at Vanderbilt.  By the time he retired as Chancellor in 2019, Zeppos had incorporated this into every facet of university life, having come to believe that the emotional…

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

Q&A: UMass Amherst’s First Trans Mental Health Clinicians Discuss Supporting Trans Students

Data show that trans students in college and university report higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation than their cisgender peers.  And while the pandemic pushed distress numbers higher for all students, trans students’ mental health appeared to be particularly impacted.  As UMass Amherst’s first hired trans mental health…

MCQ. Issue 22
06/30/2021
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

It’s on Us: Improving Student Behavioral Health After the Year that Changed Everything

If ever there was a naturalistic study of the influence of prolonged social isolation, secondary trauma, and learned helplessness on human beings, it was COVID-19.  Similarly, if one wanted to create a therapeutic environment to address these issues, a social-emotional resourced college campus would provide the ideal setting.  As students…

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

Dr. Colleen Conley on How the IMPACT Lab Lives Up to Its Name

Dr. Colleen Conley is as “can do” as they come.  Not only does the Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Chicago fuse practical interventions into her academic research on young adult mental health, she multi-tasks like a magician, producing outcomes in both work and life. “The more you…

MCQ. Issue 22
05/27/2021
Student Success, Mental and Behavioral Health

Learning from Dr. Cole

Having a conversation with Jonathan Cole is like reading a great book.  You don’t want it to end even though you’ve already learned a great deal. In two separate Zoom interviews, the professor and former provost at Columbia University spoke to me about the triumphs and failures of American higher…

MCQ. Issue 21
04/14/2021
Mental and Behavioral Health, Substance Use

Innovations in Behavioral Health Care

Through in-depth interviews and articles on issues and challenges facing higher education, The Mary Christie Quarterly occupies a unique space in the field of college health publications. Its diverse readership, comprised of higher education leaders, policy makers, counseling and health center professionals, and other individuals committed to enhancing the college…

MCQ. Issue 21
04/14/2021
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