Understanding and Supporting Student Mental Health During and Beyond COVID-19

Dr. June Gruber, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder

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About the Project:

Dr. Gruber and her team have been actively involved in addressing a critical and growing nation-wide concern regarding the mental health and well-being of college students before, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. We adopt a multi-method approach that incorporates remote-based survey measures, laboratory tasks assessing emotional functioning and decision-making, and mobile smartphone-based experience-sampling methods that capture experiences in the daily lives of students. We strive to enhance representation of diverse and underrepresented students on campus as well. Over the past year, we have led a national call to action on the mental health crisis sparked by COVID-19, published a column on mental health of students and faculty during COVID-19, launched a massive course titled #talkmentalillness available to 75 million people on Coursera’s platform, written on the mental health crisis in higher education for Times Higher Education, and are currently leading a multi-site project across several national and international universities tracking a large cohort of students to track patterns of mental health symptoms over time before and during COVID-19. We need your support to continue doing this important work.

About the Project Director:

June Gruber, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado and the Director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory. Dr. Gruber received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and was faculty at Yale University before moving to CU Boulder. She has authored over 100 articles and chapters that focus on emotion, happiness, and psychological-health in people with and without a history of mood difficulties. Dr. Gruber has taught courses on emotion, happiness, and psychopathology. Dr. Gruber's pedagogical activities also include the forthcoming #TalkMentalIllness series, the Experts in Emotion Interview Series at Yale University, and a free online course in Human Emotion available through YouTube and iTunes U. Dr. Gruber is invested in mentoring future generations of scientists and clinicians, and co-writes a monthly column for young scientists in Science Careers, is the recipient of the 2020 UROP Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, and received an IMPART grant to co-lead a workshop on advancing underrepresented women in the sciences. You can email her at june.gruber@colorado.edu or find her on Twitter @junegruber

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To Read More

1. https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2020/05/professors-must-support-mental-health-trainees-during-covid-19-crisis

 2. https://www.colorado.edu/asmagazine/2020/05/29/flattening-mental-health-curve-next-big-coronavirus-challenge

3. https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2020/08/academia-needs-reality-check-life-not-back-normal?utm_campaign=SciMag&utm_source=JHubbard&utm_medium=Twitter

4. https://www.colorado.edu/asmagazine/2021/01/19/psychologist-launches-talkmentalillness-course-masses

5. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/campus/supporting-academias-wellbeing-during-and-beyond-covid19

 6. https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/09/us/2021-one-week-later-2022-trnd/index.html

7. https://koanewsradio.iheart.com/content/2020-12-21-the-holidays-and-mental-health/

8. https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/05/07/6-questions-navigating-life-working-mom-pandemic

9. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/09/14/faculty-members-struggle-burnout

10. https://www.colorado.edu/asmagazine/2020/09/29/professor-seeks-participants-student-mental-health-survey

11. Gruber, J., et al (in press). Mental health and clinical psychological science in the time of COVID-19: Challenges, opportunities, and a call to action. American Psychologist. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32772538/

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