Mental Health Task Force

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.

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 three bodies: the full Task Force, the Working Group focusing on Undergraduate Students, and the Working Group focusing on Graduate and Professional Students. 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 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 health 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.

Community Engagement

The Mental Health Task Force will review expert opinion in the context of national and Tufts-specific trends in student mental health and its promotion and care, analyze quantitative and qualitative in respect with our students’ experience, and engage members of the Tufts community and appropriate outside experts in fulfilling its charge. The Working Groups will begin outreach efforts and stakeholder engagement throughout the spring of 2017 semester for members of the Tufts community to provide input. Members of the Tufts community interested in partnering with the Mental Health Task Force to organize listening sessions or other opportunities for engagement are encouraged to please contact the Task Force by completing the form below.

Scheduled Listening Sessions:

  • Monday, April 3 from 7:00p – 8:00p @ the Asian American Center
  • Friday, April 14 from 12:00p – 1:00p @ Eaton Room, 201 (Light lunch provided)
  • Wednesday, April 19 from 12:00p – 1:00p @ Campus Center, Room 112 (Light lunch provided)
  • Friday, April 21 from 12:00p – 1:00p @ the Africana Center (Light lunch provided)
  • Monday, April 24 from 12:00p – 1:00p @ the Latino Center (Light lunch provided)
  • Monday, April 24 from 1:00p – 2:00p @ the SMFA, B311
  • Wednesday, April 26 from 12:00p – 1:00p @ Campus Center, Room 207 (Light lunch provided)
  • Friday, April 28 from 12:30p – 1:30p @ Anderson Hall, Room 216 (Light lunch provided)
  • Monday, May 15 – Lunch with the Mental Health Task Force for the Class of 2017 from 12:00p – 1:00p @ Remis Sculpture Court

Share Input

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
617-636-2700

Grafton Campus:
Cummings Support Center
800-756-3124

Medford/Somerville and Fenway Campuses:
Counseling and Mental Health Services
617-627-3360

Mental Health Emergency:
Counseling and Mental Health Services
(M-F, 9:00am – 5:00pm)
617-627-3360

Tufts University Police for assistance with reaching the Counselor on Call
(After-Hours Emergencies, 5:00p – 9:00a)
617-627-3030

April 2017