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The 2008 Depression on College Campuses Conference was attended by over four hundred people, from twenty-four states (plus Canada). Participants came from across the country, including states as far away as Arizona, California, Vermont, Maryland, and Texas, as well as from our neighboring states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

Participants represented over seventy-five different college and university campuses, as well as seventeen non-profit and/or treatment organizations. This broad national representation, and cross-section of different campuses and disciplines, is what makes the Depression on College Campuses Conference unique.

2008 Conference Highlights

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Welcoming Remarks

John F. Greden, M.D.
Executive Director, University of Michigan Depression Center

Opening Keynote Presentation

Richard P. Keeling, MD, Chairman & Senior Executive Consultant, Keeling & Associates, LLC

Panel Discussions

New Approaches to Creating Healthy Campus Communities

Laurie Davidson, MA, Campus Coordinator for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Newton, MA ; Michael C. Klein, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, NYU Student Health Center and Danny Silverman, MD, MPA, Keeling & Associates, LLC: Using the Collaborative Care Model to Improve Depression Identification and Treatment in College Health; Emil Rodalfa, PhD, Director, University of California Davis Counseling and Psychological Services: UC System Committee on Mental Health: Partnership with State Legislation to Enhance Funding for Creating a Healthy Campus; Todd Sevig, Ph., Director, University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services; Christine Asidao, PhD, Assistant Director of Outreach & Education, U-M Counseling and Psychological Services: “do something” Campaign for Students and Faculty

Positive Psychology and Resilience: Implications for Prevention among College Students

Christopher Peterson, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Clinical Psychology Area Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan; Janis Whitlock, PhD, MPH, Director, Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults; Research Scientist, Family Life Development Center, Cornell University

Creative Ideas for Student Involvement

Chair: Alison K. Malmon, Founder and Executive Director, Active Minds, Inc.
Courtney Knowles, Executive Director, Communications and Development, The Jed Foundation: A Collaboration with MTVUniversity: The “Half of Us” Campaign; Student panelists: Nominees for Student Mental Health Advocate Award

Concurrent Sessions

  • Campus Suicide Prevention: A Comprehensive, Connective Model
    Rebecca Dayton, PhD, Director, Syracuse University Counseling Center
  • Role of Community and Family in Fostering Agency Among Suicidal Black Males
    Sean Joe, PhD, LMSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan
  • The Mental Health of College Students in the United States
    Mark Olfson, MD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Civic Engagement and Engaged Learning in a Diverse Community: Lessons for College Student Mental Health
    David Schoem, PhD, EdM, Director, Michigan Community Scholars Program, University of Michigan:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Welcoming Remarks

Robert Kelch, MD, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan Health System

Panel Discussion

Removing Barriers and Promoting Inclusion

Daniel Eisenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Michigan: Barriers to Help-Seeking Behavior - Data from Healthy Minds Study; Barry Schreier, PhD, Director, Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Connecticut: Queer is Not Always “Gay”; Altha J. Stewart, MD, President, American Psychiatric Foundation

Concurrent Sessions

  • Bringing Theory to Practice: Evaluation of Campus Models for Student Engagement
    Ashley Finley, PhD Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dickinson College
  • Michigan Healthy Communities Initiative
    Victoria Hays, PhD, Associate Director, and John Vasquez, MHSA, Project Manager, University of Michigan Counseling & Psychological Services:
  • Self-injury and Recovery – Making the Transition from Self-injury and Mental Distress to Recovery and Mental Well-being
    Janis Whitlock, PhD, MPH, Director, Research Program on Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults; Research Scientist, Family Life Development Center, Cornell University: .

Closing Keynote

Protective Factors to Prevent Depression in College

Carl C. Bell, MD, FAPA, FACP, President and CEO, Community Mental Health Council, Inc.; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, University of Illinois

Closing Remarks

Cheryl Ann King, Ph.D.,
Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry


Special Thanks to our Donors

The Depression on College Campuses Conference organizers would like to thank the following for their financial contributions to this effort. Without their collaboration and assistance, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.


Katherine and Tom Goldberg of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Dennis and Julie McCrary of Wilmette, Illinois*
Patrick J. Wilkie of Charlottesville, Virginia*

*in memory of Nancy Corinne Lombardi


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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School of Nursing
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