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The 2009 Depression on College Campuses Conference was attended by nearly four hundred people from eighteen different states, plus Canada. Participants came from across the country, including states as far away as California, Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas, as well as from our neighboring states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

This broad national representation, and cross-section of different campuses and disciplines, is what makes the Depression on College Campuses Conference unique. Thank you to everyone who attended – it is all of you who make this conference a success. We hope you that were inspired and re-invigorated by the experience, and we hope to see you again at future conferences!

2009 Conference Highlights

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Opening Keynote Presentation

Depression: The Ill of the Age

Ralph Williams, Ph.D., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English, Department of English Language and Literature and Adjunct Lecturer in Near Eastern Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan


  • Motivational Interviewing
    Heather A. Flynn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director, Adult Psychotherapy Services, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Critical Incidents Management Workshop
    Angela Farrehi, MA, LLP, Student Advocacy Manager, College of Engineering - Office of Student Affairs, University of Michigan; Sam Goodin, Interim Assistant Dean of Students, University of Michigan; Rachel Maki, LMSW, Student Critical Incident Coordinator, University of Michigan; J. Greg Merritt, PhD, Director, Residence Education, University of Michigan; Sharon Vaughters, LPC, Senior Assistant to the Dean of Students, University of Michigan
  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training for Faculty & Staff
    Todd Sevig, Ph.D., Director, University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services; Meggen Tucker Sixbey, Ph.D., LMHC, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida Counseling Center
  • Informed and Empowered - A Student Workshop: Making an Impact Through Peer Support and Advocacy
    Courtney Knowles, Executive Director, Jed Foundation; Sara Abelson, MPH, Program Director, Active Minds
  • An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    Jacqueline Pistorello, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, University of Nevada, Reno

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Opening Remarks, Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussion

Optimizing the University's Approach to Depression

Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and CEO, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Panel Discussion: Resource Allocation for Student Mental Health – How Do We Create Change?
Henry Chung, M.D., Associate Vice President for Student Health and Executive Director of the Student Health Center, New York University; Earl Lewis, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Emory University; Alan Siegel, Ed.D., Chief of Mental Health, MIT Medical, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Concurrent Sessions

  • National College Depression Partnership: Supporting Student Success and Overcoming Depression
    Henry Chung, M.D., Associate Vice President for Student Health/Executive Director of the Student Health Center, New York University; Jan Collins-Eaglin, PhD, Director and Leigh Anne White, MD, Assistant Director for Psychiatry Services, Michigan State University Counseling Center
  • Understanding and Preventing Suicide Among LGBT College Students
    Ann Haas, Ph.D., Director of Prevention Projects, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Beyond the Survey: Achieving Better Understanding of Campus Mental Health Services and Policy Using Qualitative Data
    Justin Hunt, M.D., Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School; Daphne C. Watkins, Ph.D., Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Program for Research on Black Americans, University of Michigan School of Social Work
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Depression: New Treatments and Resources
    Joseph A. Himle
    , PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry; Brian Martis, MD, Assistant Professor, U-M Department of Psychiatry, Associate Chief Mental Health Service, Medical Director, PTSD Clinic, VA Ann Arbor Health System; Martin E. Silverman, Chairman, Board of Directors, OCD Chicago
  • Unique Perspectives of Student Veterans
    Derek Blumke, Co-founder and President, Student Veterans of America, University of Michigan; Bryan Adams, President, Rutgers Veterans for Education, Rutgers University; Courtney Knowles, Executive Director, JED Foundation
  • Findings from the National Cross-site Evaluation of the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program
    Robin King Davis, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Macro International, Inc.
  • Psychopharmacology for College Students
    David Katzelnick, M.D., Distinguished Senior Scientist, Madison Institute of Medicine, Inc.
  • Case Managers: A New Perspective in Managing Student Mental Health
    Jennifer D. Van Norman, MA, CACIII, Student Case Management & Referral Coordinator, Colorado State University

Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

Advocacy and Action at the University of California: Lessons Learned from a System-Wide Approach
Temina Madon, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center of Evaluation for Global Action, University of California, Berkeley; Victor Ojakian, Mental Health Advocate and Board Member, Department of Mental Health, Santa Clara County, Palo Alto, CA; Jeffrey P. Prince, Ph.D., Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of California, Berkeley


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 support and collaboration, this University-wide initiative would not be possible.


Katherine and Tom Goldberg


The Charles E. Kubly Foundation
William and Lisa Ford Foundation

University of Michigan

Medical School
College of Engineering
Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Office of the Provost
School of Social Work
Office of the Vice President, Division of Student Affairs
Counseling and Psychological Services
University Health Service
Office of the Vice President for Research
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
School of Public Health
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Law School
School of Nursing
Office of the Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
School of Kinesiology
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
School of Information
School of Natural Resources and Environment