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Conference Program / Schedule

Mental Health @ OSU Conference

Thursday, Aug. 22, 8:00am – 6:00pm

Conference Goals/Topics

  1. Overview of student (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) services for mental health care at OSU.
  2. Overview OSU research programs in mental health and the advancement of solutions.
  3. Discuss strategies to advance OSU IT support for students and service providers, along with student co-created/operated solutions.
  4. Discuss for-credit course/curricular innovations (e.g., per the new General Education framework), syllabus statements reevaluation.
  5. Discuss strategies to promote faculty/staff involvement and training.


7:30am                        Coffee/Continental Breakfast 

                                    Pfahl Hall First Floor Break Area, Outside Room 140

All-Day Displays/Demonstrations (Tables in Lobby outside Rm 140)

  • Chronic Brain Injury DTI, Mr. Kedar Hiremath
  • SMART LAB, Dr. Paul Granello
  • Revealing the Unknown Cause(s) and Solution: Gut Microbiome Dysbiosis and Depression, Dr. Hua Wang
  • The SKY Campus Happiness Program, Prashant Serai and Jill Klimpel

Welcome and Overview of Program and Goals (Room 140)


8:00am                        Welcome and Introductions, Dr. Kevin Passino


                                    Dr. Michael Drake, OSU President

                                    Dr. Jan Weisenberger, OSU Senior Associate

                                         Vice President for Research (speaker); 

                                    Dr. Morley Stone, OSU Senior Vice President for Research


                                    Overview and Goals, Dr. Kevin Passino


Overview of Mental Health Care Services at OSU (Room 140)


8:15am                        Dr. Micky Sharma, Office of Student Life Counseling and

                                    Consultation Service 


8:45am                        Dr. Darcy Haag Granello, Suicide Prevention Program


9:00am                        Mr. Blake Marble, Office of Student Life 

                                    Student Wellness Center


9:15am                        Detective Cassandra Shaffer, OSU Police/Crisis Cases


9:30am                        Ms. Kellie Uhrig, Task Force on Suicide and Mental Health, Implementation


9:45am                        Discussion/Break, refreshments



Mental Health Research at OSU (Room 140)


10:15am          Dr. Subhdeep Virk, Therapeutic Advances in Treatment of Depression and Suicide


10:30am          Dr. Daniel Strunk, What Clients Learn in Cognitive Therapy of Depression


10:45am          Dr. Marcie Bockbrader, Depression/Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment


11:00am          Dr. Janet Best, Why Can’t We Cure Depression?


11:15am          Dr. Kevin Passino, Feedback Control for Mental Health


11:30am          Dr. Scottye Cash, Social Media and Mental Health for Adolescents



11:45am         Lunch

                      Blackwell Ballroom a short walk from Pfhal Room 140



12:45pm          Dr. Ted Beauchaine, ADHD, Child Maltreatment, and Emergence of Self-Injury and

                        Suicidal Behaviors in Young Women: How Can We Serve Ohio State Students

                       Who Might Be Affected


1:00pm            Dr. Natasha Slesnick, The Impact of a Suicide Prevention Intervention on Suicidal

                        Youth (18-24 years old) Experiencing Homelessness


1:15pm            Dr. Hugo Gonzalez, Adaptive Ambience for Stress Reduction in Preschool Classrooms


1:30pm            Discussion/Break, refreshments


2:00pm            Dr. Paul Granello (substitute for Dr. Caroline Wagner), Faculty Challenges in Creating a Culture of Care


2:15pm            Discussion: Faculty Network for Task Force Suicide and Mental Health, 

                        Led by Dr. Paul Granello / Dr. Caroline Wagner and Dr. Mark Rudoff

Working Groups / Break-Out Sessions (2:30pm-3:30pm, with Refreshments)


Faculty, Curriculum, Training and Support 

(Room 340, Leads: Strunk, Justice, Bucher, Holt):


  1. Curricular: Existing courses? Needs? How to promote?
  2. Pedagogy: Classroom culture, pedagogy to increase learning and decrease stress?
  3. Syllabus statements discussion
  4. Training: Kognito At-Risk Simulation Training, REACH training. How to get more faculty/staff trained?
  5. Faculty-staff teams: Local teams, involving staff who would be go-to points for faculty and local student liaisons/advocates, educated on when to refer/report in emergency situations
  6. Identify key take-aways
  7. Create brief report for the next session


Non-suicidal Self-injury and Suicidal Behaviors in Young Women: Identifying Vulnerability

(Room 240, Leads: Beauchaine, Bridge, Cheavens, Lyons, Slesnick)


  1. Rates of self-injury and suicide are increasing among women of all ages, but especially among young women, including those of college age
  2. Women in their late teens and early 20s who are diagnosed with ADHD and were maltreated as girls are at alarming risk. 
  3. How can we use this new understanding to better serve Ohio State students?  
  4. How can we partner with Disability Services to make this happen?
  5. Identify key take-aways
  6. Create brief report for the next session.


Peer-to-Peer Helping and Apps 

(Room 102, Leads: Marble, Cash):


  1. Phone-based, Buckeye PAL overview
  2. App brainstorming: (i) Example: TalkCampus/TalkLife app, features/localization/co-creation; (ii) Other example OSU apps (co-created: one with Apple/Digital Flagship collaboration, OSU app for depression and anxiety for adolescents at Star House created by OSU students); and (iii) other ideas.
  3. Identify key take-aways
  4. Create brief report for the next session


Student Voice on Issues 

(Room 230, Leads: Tassy, Schwerin. Kearney): 


  1. Student views on relevant, and needed, course work? 
  2. Student views on existing programs/mental health resources, and how they are understood by students? 
  3. Student views on a "warm line"? 
  4. Student views on whether individuals could be reached out to proactively?
  5. Identify key take-aways
  6. Create brief report for the next session


IT for OSU Mental Health Services 

(Room 330, Leads: Sharma, Passino):


  1. IT for Facilitating Student Navigation of OSU Services: (i) Centralized approach: One e-location with links from appropriate places (helps make it a top Google search hit); (ii) Distributed approach: (a) Add to frequently visited e-services for students: Carmen, BuckeyeLink, OSU official app, etc. and statistics on visit rates on OSU sites would be useful for IT design; (b)  Link to centralized resource site (perhaps using (i) above), user interface designed to facilitate interface to even a distressed student. Need to evaluate best-practices on user-interface (e.g., from exemplar universities, Apple); (iii) Combinations of above.
  2. IT to Support OSU Services: App/secure web site for coordination of OSU mental health services for a student that involves providers, and social support (friends, family)? HIPAA/privacy compliant.  Build culture of care around client assisted by e-interfaces.
  3. Identify key take-aways
  4. Create brief report for the next session

Working Groups: Reports and Discussion (Room 140)


3:30pm            Faculty, Curriculum, Training and Support 


4:00pm            Identifying Suicidal Vulnerability in Young Women


4:30pm            Peer-to-Peer Helping and Apps


5:00pm            Student Voice on Issues


5:30pm            IT for OSU Mental Health Services


6:00pm          Final Summary and Farewell!