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.
2022-23 Committee Members
Karen Alexander, Director of Student Affairs, TUSDM
Jennifer Allen, Professor, Community Health, A&S
Kirsten Behling, Associate Dean of Student Accessibility and Academic Resources, AS&E
Abbie Connors, Senior Associate Director of Steward & Donor Relations, University Advancement
Josh Cooper, Associate Dean of Student Services, PHPD Programs/TUSM
Dana Fleming, Assistant General Counsel, University Counsel
Jeanette Sabir-Holloway, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, TUSDM
Michael Jordan, Executive Medical Director Occupational Health Services & University Infection Control Health Director, and Associate Professor
Astrid Larson A23
Kimberly Livingstone, Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Research
Camille Lizarribar, Dean of Student Affairs/Chief Student Affairs Officer, AS&E
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
Aaron James Parayno, Director, Asian American Center
Emma Patterson MBS22, M26
Marty Ray, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
Eric Richman, Social Worker, Foster Animal Hospital, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Julie Ross, Staff Clinician and Director of Counseling and Mental Health Services
Natalie Rossinow A25
Sonya Satinsky, Executive Director of Health and Wellness
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
Melissa Stevenson, Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, Office of the Provost
Cigdem Talger, Vice Provost for Education
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.
Tufts has trained first responders and professional support resources available to assist with a variety of emergencies and crisis situations. Call the Tufts 24/7 Help Line at 617-627-3400 to be routed to the Counselor on Call for mental health emergencies.