At Tufts, the well-being of our students—fundamental to both academic success and personal growth—is of the utmost importance. In line with national trends, in recent years we have seen a significant increase in the demand for mental health services by students across our schools.
In response to this escalating demand, and evolving student needs, in December 2016 the Task Force on Student Mental Health began a comprehensive assessment of student mental health at Tufts. Our goal was to develop actionable, evidence-based recommendations that would help the university better meet the mental health needs of our students. The Mental Health Task Force shared a report of its findings and recommendations with the Tufts University community in October 2019.
As Tufts continues to monitor utilization trends, evolving student needs, and the regulatory landscape, the university’s focus must expand to include greater attention to a coordinated holistic community health approach in supporting student mental health.
In pursuit of these efforts, in 2020, President Monaco convened a standing Student Mental Health Steering Committee designed to serve as an ongoing structure to continue the work started by the Mental Health Task Force. Members of the Steering Committee include faculty and staff from across the university; the Steering Committee is currently in the process of recruiting student representation.
Jennifer Allen, Professor, Community Health, A&S
Kirsten Behling, Associate Dean of Student Accessibility and Academic Resources, AS&E
Barbara Berman, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Cummings
Michelle Bowdler, Executive Director of Health and Wellness Services
Lauren Conoscenti, Assistant Director, Office of Institutional Research
Dana Fleming, Assistant General Counsel, University Counsel
Jeanette Sabir-Holloway, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, TUSDM
Camille Lizarribar, Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Student Affairs Officer, AS&E
Rob Mack, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for the Medford/Somerville and Fenway Campuses
Jennifer Magrone, Deputy Director, Office of Equal Opportunity
John Matias, Associate Dean, Admissions & Enrollment, TUSM
Mary McCauley, Lieutenant Detective, Public Safety/TUPD
Anthony Monaco, President, Tufts University, Chair
Aviva Must, Dean, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs, TUSM
Aaron James Parayno, Director, Asian American Center
Marty Ray, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Joyce Sackey, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer for Tufts University Health Sciences Schools
Andrew Shiotani, Director, International Center
Annie Soisson, Director, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
Jennifer Stephan, Dean of Academic Advising and Undergraduate Studies, School of Engineering
Jacklyn Varela, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President
The Reverend Elyse Nelson Winger, University Chaplain
Jacklyn Varela, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President provides project management support for the Steering Committee.