Higher Education

Supporting Student Mental Health & Wellness

A panel discussion on how faculty can help students facing mental health challenges navigate resources and find support for health and academic wellness

The stats are staggering: 

  • 39% of college students experience a significant mental health issue
  • 67% of young adults don’t seek treatment for anxiety or depression
  • 1 in 5 faculty report that students’ mental health has taken a toll on their own mental wellbeing

As educators, you don’t have to look far to see the mental health struggles our students have been facing in recent years. But as you sit on the front lines, do you have the tools to help them? 

In this free recorded panel discussion, you’ll gain insights on: 

  • Overcoming mental health stigmas and barriers for help
  • The role faculty play and resources needed to provide support 
  • The correlation between mental wellness and academic and career success

Susanna Gallor, Ph.D.

Susanna Gallor joined the faculty of the UMB Psychology Department in September 2014. Professor Gallor has her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park. She previously has worked as a staff psychologist in various university mental health centers, and she has served in various roles related to promoting mental health and wellbeing on college campuses. At UMass Boston, Professor Gallor is a clinical faculty member of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program and supervises prevention-oriented and culturally responsive outreach and assessment services provided by UMB-UR-BEST (University Resources for Behavioral and Educational Skills Training). She also teaches undergraduate courses including Personality Theories, Principles of Psychotherapy, and Psychology and Social Justice.

Michael Gerard Mason, Ph.D., LPC

Dr. Michael Gerard Mason joined the staff of African American Affairs in the Spring of 2015. He serves as an Associate Dean and as the Director of the Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center. In 2008, Dr. Mason joined the faculty of the Counselor Education department in the Curry School of Education as an Assistant Professor. In 2010, he transitioned to a Clinical position, Multicultural Specialist, in the Elson Student Health Counseling and Psychological Services Department, where he served as a staff psychotherapist and liaison to African American Affairs. Dr. Mason earned a BS in Biology from Dillard University, a historically Black college and university (HBCU) in New Orleans, an M.Ed in Community and School Counseling from the University of New Orleans, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Virginia.

William “Marty” Martin, PsyD

Marty Martin joined DePaul University as Senior Executive for Institutional Diversity and later joined the faculty in the Driehaus College of Business. Prior to joining DePaul, Marty served in leadership roles at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. He earned his BS in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, MA in psychology from Catholic University, MSc in behavioral sleep medicine from the University of Glasgow and PsyD/MPH from Rutgers University. Marty is licensed as a clinical psychologist in the States of Illinois and Virginia and works with a wide range of clients from students to faculty members with a focus on sleep, health, and performance.

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