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About the Mental Health Task Force

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.

Creation of Steering Committee

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, staff and students from across the university; the Steering Committee is currently in the process of recruiting graduate/professional 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
  • Janice Gilkes, Assistant Dean of Student Services, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs, TUSM
  • Hadiya Kahinde Giwa E24
  • 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
  • Audrey McGlothlen A22
  • Anthony Monaco, President, Tufts University, Chair
  • Aviva Must, Dean, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs, TUSM
  • Aaron James Parayno, Director, Asian American Center
  • Julie Ross, Staff Clinician and Director of Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • 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
  • Katherine Vosker, Director of Student Affairs, TUSDM
  • 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.

Counseling Resources by Campus

Boston Health Sciences Campus:
Talk One2One Counseling Service
800-756-3124 (Available 24/7)

Student Wellness Advising and Health Promotions

Grafton Campus:
Cummings Support Center
800-756-3124 (Available 24/7)

Medford/Somerville and Boston SMFA Campuses:
Counseling and Mental Health Services

Counselor-On-Call available during after-hours (5 p.m. – 9 a.m.) emergencies via Tufts University Police at 617-627-3030

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Updated February 2021