Faculty’s Role in Student Mental Health, a Webinar. April 8, 2021
The Mary Christie Foundation, in collaboration with Healthy Minds Network, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and faculty at the Boston University School of Public Health, is holding a webinar, Faculty’s Role in Student Mental Health, on April 8th from 1:00 – 2:30pm EST. This 90-minute webinar will present the findings of a recent national pilot study examining the perceptions and behaviors of college and university faculty as they relate to supporting student mental health and substance use. Principal Investigator Sarah K. Lipson, Ph.D. will describe topline results that will provide policy-relevant information, including faculty’s experiences supporting students in distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, sense of responsibility to provide guidance and referrals for students around mental health, and needs and preferences in terms of future training.
Dr. Lipson’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on the important implications for programs, prevention strategies, and campus policy. The three-person panel, moderated by WGBH’s Kirk Carapezza, will feature Aswani Volety, Ph.D., Provost of Elon University; Zoe Ragouzeos, Ph.D., Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness Services at New York University (and MCF President); and Lisa J. Schnell, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Vermont, who will discuss their reactions to the survey data, and the development and enhancement of approaches to optimize the role that faculty play in student mental and behavioral health. An audience Q&A section will be preceded by an expert commentary from The Steve Fund.