Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Health

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April 11th, 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT

A recent survey conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), found that 30% of athletes reported feeling depressed in the last year, with 50% feeling overwhelmed by anxiety during the same period. However, only 10% of student-athletes seek help in comparison to 30% of nonathletes*. This data urgently calls for collaboration across athletics, counseling and health services to reduce the barriers to help-seeking, and better support these students.

We hosted an engaging webinar where experts from The Jed Foundation, Mid-American Conference, Kognito, and a student-athlete from Ohio University shared insights on:

  • Initiatives being implemented to raise awareness and increase cross-departmental collaboration. 
  • Strategies to engage student-athletes as mental health advocates on campus.
  • Survey results from over 2,400 student-athletes about the state of student-athlete mental health.

Suggested Audiences:

  • Athletic Director
  • Director of Student-Athlete Development
  • Commissioner
  • Director of Student-Athlete Academic Success Services
  • Director of Counseling Center
  • Dean of Students
  • VP of Student Affairs

*Dr. Daniel Eisenberg, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health. https://sph.umich.edu/mentalhealth/student-athletes.html

About Our Presenters

Victor Schwartz, Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer at The Jed Foundation

Kristin Williams, J.D., Associate Commissioner at the Mid-American Conference

Emily Deering, Student-Athlete at Ohio University

Victor Schwartz, Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer at The Jed Foundation

Kristin Williams, J.D., Associate Commissioner, Mid-American Conference

Emily Deering, Student-Athlete at Ohio University

Kristin Williams joined the Mid-American Conference staff in 2013 as Director of Compliance. She was named the Associate Commissioner for institutional Services and Senior Woman Administrator in July of 2015. Williams oversees governance, compliance, academics, student-athlete well-being, the Council of Student-Athletes, as well as many other areas pertaining to the conference’s member institutions. She also serves as the MAC’s staff liaison with campus medical and training staffs for mental health initiatives and concussion protocol. She manages the conference mental health initiative and programs including biannual Mental Health Summits. Prior to joining the Mid-American Conference, Williams served as the NCAA Compliance Coordinator at Tulane University. She also spent two years at the MAC (2011-2012) as a Compliance/External Relations assistant.Williams holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy and religious studies from Santa Clara University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2012, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2012.

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Dr. Schwartz serves at The Jed Foundation as Chief Medical Officer, with 25 years of experience as a psychiatrist working in college mental health and administration. He was medical director of NYU's Counseling Service, established a counseling center at Yeshiva University and was University Dean of Students there. He was an original member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Presidential Task Force on College Mental Health, co-chair of the APA working group on legal issues in college mental health and is an APA Distinguished Life Fellow. Dr. Schwartz was a co-chair of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Committee on the College Student and has served as an advisor to Active Minds on Campus, Gun Free Kids, HBO, MTV, the NCAA, NFL, and NBA. He is co-editor with Dr. Jerald Kay, of Mental Health Care in the College Community (Wiley, 2010). His work has focused on crisis management, legal issues and the community/public health model in college mental health.
Emily Deering joined the Ohio University Bobcats and Mid-American Conference (MAC) in the Fall of 2015 and competes on the women’s cross country and track and field teams as a middle-distance runner. Deering serves on the Bobcat Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as Vice President and on the OU Student Senate University Life Commission as the Senator of Athletics. She is a representative for the Bobcats on the Committee of Student Athletes (COSA) at the MAC level. Deering also sits on the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, which is a University standing committee.Deering recently initiated a bill on behalf of SAAC that advocated for increased collaboration and attention to student-athlete mental health on campus and provided a list of improvement ideas. The bill passed unanimously and administration on all levels have responded with overwhelming support.

Glenn Albright, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Director of Research at Kognito

Dr. Albright’s passion for learning and its application in the fields of health and behavioral health fuel his research activities at Kognito. Dr. Albright leads a team of researchers at Kognito in evaluating the efficacy of its immersive learning and assessment role-play simulations to bring about sustained behavior changes in the areas of social, emotional, and physical health. His research involves integrating empirically-based findings drawn from neuroscience such as emotional regulation, mentalizing, and empathy, as well as components of social cognitive learning models including motivational interviewing and adult learning theory. He is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from The City University of New York in the area of experimental cognition with concentrations in neuropsychology and applied psychophysiology. Dr. Albright is the former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Baruch College of the City University of New York and has received distinguished teaching awards at both Baruch and New York University. He is actively involved in publishing and presents at numerous conferences addressing how game-based role-play simulations can cost-effectively support public health initiatives. These initiatives are focused on bringing about positive changes in behavior and are designed to impact large numbers of geographically dispersed people comprised of vulnerable populations.