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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, 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
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

Q&A with Tia Dole

In The Steve Fund’s (TSF) first column for the Mary Christie Quarterly, TSF’s Executive Director, Dr. Tia Dole, discusses the organization’s latest research and initiatives, including its partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which examines and supports the mental health needs of students at historically Black colleges and…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
Sponsored | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

Frontlines: Dr. Tondra Moore

Read about the perspective of college health from a distinguished HBCU college health administrator. Tondra Moore, PhD, JD, MPH has a unique background with degrees combining chemistry, law, public health and health care administration.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of Health Services at Prairie View A&M University, an…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
Student Success

Finding yourself is job Number One in the new approach to career search

Last November, Northeastern University student Kira Briggs was working the phones. Though only a sophomore, she wanted to get a feel for a range of careers—talk to people about what they do, what they loved about it, and what they didn’t like so much. She spoke to friends of friends…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
Basic Needs

Summer is no break for students with food insecurity

When North Carolina locals Tom and Rachel Sullivan began cooking to-go meals for a college student in their neighborhood after Covid shut down university dining halls, they didn’t expect a viral TikTok to propel their reach to 14 nearby universities. However, their extra meal for one student soon grew to…

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

Outcomes of intervention on connectedness show power of peer relationships in college

The Adolescence Research Group, a psychology lab at the University of Virginia, explores the experience and social development of teens and young adults. A recent study published in the College Student Affairs Journal evaluates an intervention called The Connection Project, which the group designed in-house to help change the quality…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
Opinion | Physical Health

Reflections on health and wellbeing from a first-year college student

When students first go off to college, they bring with them what they’re most interested in. For me, it was participation in many sports and a keen interest in physical health and mental wellbeing.  My name is Owen Chicos, and I’m a rising sophomore at Wake Forest University. I’d like…

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

Further Evidence for the Importance of Screening for Anxiety and Suicide in College Students

In a Mary Christie Op Ed last year, I wrote about the importance of studying the relationship between anxiety and suicide in college students in A Path Towards Identifying Suicide Risk Factors in College Students. Last month, I was excited to see my research in collaboration with Sarah Lipson and…

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

College can be hard; Coaching can help

In talking with Brendan Griffiths, it is clear he chose the right profession. A Student Success Manager at Worchester Polytechnic University, Griffiths describes his role with doctoral students as “academic life coaching,” in which he supports students with their scholarly development, but also in their work-life balance and “all the…

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

Definitions of Success

Throughout my educational journey, I have gone through a predictable cycle of achieving expectations, overworking myself, over-committing to various tasks, and burning out. I compare the feeling to running on a hamster wheel, hoping to get that drink of water, but no matter how fast and long I run, I…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
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
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