DOCC 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Opening Keynote Presentation

Motivational Interviewing in the Prevention and Treatment of Depression Bill Miller, PhD, Co-founder of Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico



  • Comfort in the Uncomfortable: Using Improv as a Tool in Mental Health Work Jessica Alexander, MFA, Director & Professor, Academic Engagement Programs, Eastern Michigan University; Mary Jo Desprez, MA, Director, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan; Chris Esparza, MA, Associate Director, Holden Center for Leadership & Community Engagement, University of Oregon; Callie McKee, MFA, UM Educational Theatre Company Director, University of Michigan
  • Bringing Mindfulness Programs to Non-traditional Spaces Patricia Dixon, LMSW, ACSW, University Counselor II, Wayne State University; Michael Horn, BA, Men’s Golf Coach, Wayne State University; Kirk Guanco, LMSW, University Counselor II, Counseling and Psychological Services, Wayne State University; Denise Kozikowski, PhD, Academic Advisor/Counselor, University of Michigan
  • Crisis on Campus: Using Psychological Flexibility to Advance Mental Health Support Strategies
    Julie Hamilton, ACSW, CAADC
    ,Wellness and Counseling, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry; Adrianna Katsimpalis, BA, Student Services Coordinator, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
  • Good Psychiatric Management of Borderline Personality Disorder
    Victor Hong, MD
    , Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan; Claire Brickell, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Harvard Medical School

Mini Workshop (90 minute session)

    • The Link Between Race, Depression, and Academic Efficiency
      Andrea Layton, MA
      , Outreach Program Manager, Center for Educational Outreach, University of Michigan


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Panel Discussion

Creating a Healthy Campus: Best Practices and Innovative Strategies from Winners of The Healthy Campus Award Sara Abelson, MPH, Vice President for Student Health & Wellness, Active Minds Inc.; Joseph Behen, PhD, Executive Director, Counseling, Health, and Disability Services, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chris Brownson, PhD, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director, Counseling and Mental Health Center, University of Texas at Austin; Sandra Davis, MEd, LPC, COMTREA School Liaison, Jefferson College; Mary Ann Takemoto, PhD, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, California State University, Long Beach



Concurrent Sessions

  • Almost Ready for Rollout: Glenn Close's U Bring Change to Mind College Toolbox Project
    Bernice Pescosolido, PhD,
     Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research, Indiana University; Hannah Chiarella, BFA, UBC2M Program Manager, Indiana University
  • Clinical Care Management Team: A New Model to Prevent Students from "Falling Through the Cracks"
    Amanda Byrnes, LMSW
    , Coordinator of Case Management, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Michigan; Kristina Kile, LMSW, Care Manager, University Health Service, University of Michigan; Diana Parrish, LMSW, Care Manager, University Health Service, University of Michigan
  • Innovative Ways of Reducing Barriers to Care through the Interactive Screening Program
    Laura Hoffman, BA
    , Manager of the Interactive Screening Program (ISP), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Maggie Mortali, MPH, Director of the Interactive Screening Program (ISP), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Promising Strategies for Mental Health Outreach and Engagement of Young People of Color on College Campuses
    Matthew Branch, BA
    , Advisor, Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board; Coordinator for Student Activities and Orientation, Brown University; Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center; Senior Scientific Advisor, The Steve Fund; David Rivera, PhD, Associate Professor of Counselor Education Queens College, City University of New York; Evan Rose, BA, President, The Steve Fund
  • Building a New Strata of Campus Mental Health Intervention: A 5 year Review of Program Outcomes Assessing Student Academic and Mental Health Changes in Vulnerable Students and Program Transferability
    Larry McCloskey, MA, MSW
    , Director of the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada; John A. Meissner, PhD, CPsych, Psychologist, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Closing Keynote

Attending at Scale, Responding Personally: Supporting Students in an Information Age
Timothy McKay, PhD, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education

2017 Student Mental Health Advocate Award Winners

(L-R) Awardee Nate Sawyer of Emory University, Stephanie Salazar, Manager, Outreach and Education, Eisenberg Family Depression Center, and awardee Forrest Cao, University of Michigan. [ Read More]

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.

Corporate Sponsorship

Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc. and Lundbeck, USA


Linda Aikens and Diane Orley on behalf of the George Orley Mental Wellness Initiative
William and Lisa Ford Foundation


Katherine and Tom Goldberg
Ada Louise Wilkie, in memory of Nancy Corinne Lombardi
Friends and family of Nancy Corinne Lombardi and Corinne Lombardi
The Orley Family, in loving memory of George A. Orley 

University of Michigan

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Law School
  • Newnan Academic Advising Center
  • Office of the Provost
  • Rackham Graduate School
  • Ross School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Information
  • School of Kinesiology
  • School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • University Health Service