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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.

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Interview with Jamie Davidson, Associate Vice President for Student Wellness at University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Jamie Davidson, Associate Vice President for Student Wellness at University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), found his “sweet spot” when moving from majoring in business to becoming a psychologist. He wove together his interests in spirituality, youth ministry, and collaborative care when he came into thefield of college health. …

MCQ.
11/02/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health

The Roommate Lottery

From the messages they’d exchanged before move-in day, Nichole K., now 24, never suspected that her relationship with her newly-assigned college roommate would be anything other than cordial. The two incoming members of the University of Delaware’s class of 2020 didn’t seem to have much in common, Nichole said, but…

MCQ. Issue 27
10/13/2022
Basic Needs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

LaGuardia’s Mental Health Peer Specialist Training Program Provide Careers and Community for People with Mental Health Conditions

The pandemic got Sylvia Mahjabeen thinking about her education again. She had spent the last decade cycling through jobs, in industries like retail and fast food, and left her latest gig, packing for Amazon, when lockdown began. The longtime Queens resident from Bangladesh decided to give school another shot. Nearly…

MCQ. Issue 27
10/13/2022
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

Policy Decisions on Affirmative Action and Student Debt Directly Impact the Emotional Health of Students of Color

Two critical issues that affect mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color and their education are currently on the national stage. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on October 31st regarding landmark college race-based affirmative action cases. Whatever opinion emerges will have a bearing on whether colleges…

MCQ. Issue 27
10/13/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health

Supporting Healthy Social Interactions for Students in a Post-Pandemic World

The Making Sense of Science column is a partnership with the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, Center on Young Adult Health and Development. It’s 8:30 on a Saturday night. It’s your first semester away at college, and you’re still getting the hang of…

MCQ. Issue 27
10/12/2022
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Interview with Dr. Giang Nguyen, the Executive Director of Harvard University Health Services

This FRONTLINES interview gives a fascinating look at an eloquent leader in college health whose journey, family values and wisdom are examples of excellence and expertise; Dr. Giang Nguyen is a model for all college health centers.  His journey began in Saigon, Vietnam, leaving for the United States one week…

MCQ.
09/14/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health, College Affordability, Physical Health

Physician, Heal Thyself: The increasing levels of stress in medical school

Like drinking from a fire hose. That’s the longstanding analogy used to describe the deluge of information aimed at medical school students studying to become doctors. Medical school has long been synonymous with anxiety and achievement, intense training, and acute pressure. Certainly, graduate work by nature involves hard work and…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health

Personal and Professional:  The influence of student newspapers on college mental health

The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student newspaper, was the first to break the story. Computer science professor Walter Lasecki had faced four allegations of sexual misconduct. Not only was the university aware of the allegations, but its investigation determined his behavior did not violate the school’s harassment policy.…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022

Q&A with Dr. Judi Alperin King: Supporting students without a safety net during the holidays

In 2014, Dr. Judi Alperin King, PhD, founded the Boston area’s first organization dedicated to supporting students who would otherwise need to navigate college on their own: the Wily Network. Eight years later, Dr. King and her team work with 75 students, called Wily Scholars, across ten campuses. For their…

MCQ. Issue 27
11/30/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health, Student Success

Big Thinking at Bennington College

Laura Walker did not set out to be a college president though the decades she spent in public media may have prepared her well for the job.  The former president and CEO of New York Public Radio says her primary mission has always been in alignment with the one she…

MCQ. Issue 27
10/13/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health

From the Quadcast: A Conversation with Dr. Eric Wood, Counseling Center Director at Texas Christian University on TCU’s Comprehensive Collaborative Care Model

MM: Dr. Wood is well-known as a change agent in the college mental health community. He is the architect of the TCU Comprehensive Collaborative Care Model, which to me, sounds like a counseling center without walls. What are some of the drivers of that very interesting approach? EW: The drivers…

MCQ. Issue 27
10/13/2022
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

Op-ed: Displaying calorie counts in campus dining halls leads to unhealthy behaviors for students at risk of eating disorders

Seeing a number on a food label used to stop me in my tracks. Now, I avoid checking calorie counts at all costs – but other students aren’t always able to make this same decision.  My freshman year of college, I was struggling with an eating disorder that had silently…

MCQ. Issue 27
10/12/2022
Opinion

ESAs and College Students

Many college students grow up with pets in their homes. When they go off to college, in addition to all the adjustments to college life, they also have to adjust to life without their constant companion. My second half of my first year and the first semester of my sophomore…

MCQ. Issue 27
10/12/2022
Opinion | Sexual Assault and Title IX, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Intersectionality is a key consideration in sexual assault policies on campus

From the beginning of the #MeToo movement, many among us have felt that our stories of sexual assault and harassment were finally given legitimacy. Though never brave enough to formerly join the social media movement by telling my own story, I embraced it as a win for people who had…

MCQ. Issue 27
10/12/2022
Mental and Behavioral Health

Questions and Answers with Marvin Krislov, President of Pace University

Pace University’s mission is captured in the Latin word “Opportunitas,” which the school defines as “Providing all students, regardless of economic background, access to the transformative power of education.” As evidence that it lives up to its word, Pace has been ranked as the best private, four-year college or university…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
Opinion | Substance Use

The Importance of Integrating Routine Screening for Substance Use in College and University Mental Health Service Settings

Alcohol and other substance use among young adults in general and college students in particular is a significant public health concern. Alcohol and substance use increase with age, tend to peak in young adulthood (i.e., between 18 and 25 years old) and diminish in later adulthood. Recent national statistics indicate…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
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