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Each year the Depression on College Campuses Conference hosts attendees from over 50 colleges and universities from across the nation for a focused review of recent research and practical advances in our understanding of depressive illnesses in college students.

Registration opens November 1, 2016.

Conference Learning Objectives

Depression among college students remains an urgent public health problem. Despite impressive gains in knowledge, if we are to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression, we must continue to advance and disseminate strategies for earlier detection, intervention, and ultimately, prevention.

Learning objectives and expected results for conference participants are an improved understanding and ability to implement:

  • Best practices and model programs to meet the growing demand for mental health services;
  • Research which demonstrates the practice implications of intergenerational trends and the impact of targeted campus mental health programs and services;
  • Best practices for service delivery, prevention, and intervention methods to address mental health concerns among the current generation of college students;
  • Outreach models to reach students with depressive illnesses, or who are at risk of developing a depressive illness, in order to facilitate treatment engagement;
  • Personalized treatment strategies to improve health outcomes of college students.


  • The conference attracts a multi-disciplinary audience of professionals working on college campuses, including:
  • Counselors and Counseling Center Directors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Academic advisors
  • Student Affairs administrators and staff
  • University and Medical School Faculty
  • Leaders of Federal and Foundation Institutes
  • Parents
  • Students

Presentation Topics

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Depression on College Campuses Conference, the 2017 conference theme will revisit that of the inaugural conference, with “Best Practices and Innovative Strategies after 15 years of Progress” (working title).

While much of the work started 15 years ago around raising awareness and destigmatizing the issue of depression on college campuses has been successful, the landscape of college campuses continues to change. We have ushered in a new generation of students with unique needs, and colleges are faced with an ever increasing demand for services. The 2017 Depression on College Campuses Conference will look at the scope and consequences of the problem as it currently exists, and discuss innovative ways that colleges are responding as we look ahead to the next 15 years.

To this end, we are seeking presentations on innovative and model programs, evidence-based practices, and research studies that examine the practice implications of intergenerational trends and demonstrate how colleges and universities are developing and implementing creative approaches to meet the growing demand for services, with a particular emphasis on novel strategies to clinical service delivery, change management, and public health and prevention models aimed at the factors which impact student mental health and wellness.

In conference proposals, we encourage consideration of various and diverse student populations, including students from low socioeconomic families; students from immigrant families; and first-generation students, among others.

Presentation Formats

Please review these descriptions to determine the format that best matches the content and scope of the material you would like to present. Proposals will be evaluated based on specific criteria, including relevancy to theme and expertise of presenters.

WORKSHOP A three-hour workshop provides an opportunity to explore a given topic on a deeper level, or from multiple perspectives. These workshops must be interactive, engaging the attendees in facilitated group discussion and/or skill-building exercises to improve their knowledge and understanding of the given topic. Workshops may have multiple presenters, including individuals from different institutions, in order to provide a range of perspectives and expertise.

Workshops will take place in the afternoon on Monday, March 20 (tentatively from 2:15-5:15 p.m.).
MINI WORKSHOP Mini-workshops are 90-minute sessions, which give speakers and participants more time to delve into a given topic than is offered during a concurrent session, but are less intense than the three-hour workshops in terms of participant interaction and depth/breadth of content presented.

Mini-workshops will take place in the afternoon of Monday, March 20 (tentatively between 2:15-5:15 p.m.).
CONCURRENT SESSION Concurrent sessions are 75-minute sessions that provide an opportunity to introduce a model program, evidence-based practice, or research study relating to the conference theme. The presentations should be no longer than 60 minutes, as 15 minutes MUST be left at the end of the session for Q & A and discussion with attendees.

Concurrent Sessions will take place in the morning (approximately 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) or afternoon (approximately 1:30-2:45 p.m.) on Tuesday, March 21.
POSTER SESSION You are invited to create a poster about a research study or model program at your university which relates to the conference theme, “Depression on College Campuses: Best Practices and Innovative Strategies.” Each presenter will have an easel and 25x30 poster board for mounting their poster.

Posters will be presented during a networking forum and reception to be held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

If you are a currently enrolled student, and your project is selected for presentation and you are traveling from outside of Ann Arbor, you will receive free hotel accommodations at the Hampton Inn South during the conference.