In response to rising national awareness of the impacts of mental health on college students, President Monaco announced the launch of a university-wide task force dedicated to student mental health in the fall of 2016. This group is tasked with assessing current policies and services and developing recommendations for meeting the growing needs of a diverse student population. The efforts of the Mental Health Task Force are ongoing.
Members and Organization
The Task Force is co-chaired by President Monaco and Dr. Paul Summergrad, Psychiatrist-in-Chief; Dr. Frances S. Arkin Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine.
The Task Force members include students, faculty, and staff representing Tufts’ unique constellation of schools.
The Task Force is organized into four bodies: the full Task Force, the Working Group focusing on Undergraduate Students, the Working Group focusing on Graduate and Professional Students, and the Models Of Care task group focusing on clinical services available on the Medford/Somerville campus. The working groups allow for a broader range of stakeholders to participate in the work of Task Force. The Working Group focusing on Undergraduate Students is co-chaired by Jennifer Stephan, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the School of Engineering and Raymond Ou, Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. The Working Group focusing on Graduate and Professional Students is chaired by John Matias, Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment at the School of Medicine. The Working Groups began their work in February 2017. The Models of Care Task Group is chaired by Mary Pat McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. The Task Group convened in the fall of 2017.
The full list of members is available here: Mental Health Task Force and Working Group Members.
Purpose and Charge
The purpose of the Mental Health Task Force is to conduct a university-wide review and assessment of student mental health, wellness and holistic engagement, including the current student experience, the services offered, available resources and potential areas for additional collaboration and enhancement. The overall goal of the Mental Health Task Force is to ensure that Tufts University is meeting the needs of our student populations, fostering resilience, and providing a healthy and supportive community in which all students can reach their potential. Over the next year, the Mental Health Task Force will conduct its review providing draft recommendations to the Tufts community in the fall of 2017 with respect to: (1) education, outreach, and mental health promotion, (2) services and resources, and (3) policies and practices.
The complete purpose and charge is available here: Purpose and Charge of the Mental Health Task Force.
Members of the Tufts community are invited to submit their perspectives on student mental health, barriers, programs/services that promote positive mental health or areas for improvement with the Task Force through the form below.
Note: Submissions are read by staff to the Task Force, not trained mental health professionals. If you would like to contact a mental health professional regarding personal health concerns, please contact the appropriate resources listed below:
Boston Health Sciences Campus:
Student Wellness Advising and Health Promotions
Cummings Support Center
Medford/Somerville and Fenway Campuses:
Counseling and Mental Health Services
Mental Health Emergency:
Counseling and Mental Health Services
(M-F, 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Tufts University Police for assistance with reaching the Counselor on Call
(After-Hours Emergencies, 5:00p – 9:00a)