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Using Technology and Community Engagement to Improve Mental Health in College Students

April 14, 2017

Sarah Lord, PhD
Director, Dissemination & Implementation Core
Center for Technology and Behavioral Health
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Dartmouth College

About the Presentation: In this presentation, Drs. Lord and Carpenter-Song will discuss the process and results of a project conducted with support from the Dartmouth College Provosts’ Office Seed Funding Opportunities initiative. The project was an interdisciplinary, cross-school effort and included faculty and students from Student Health Services, Student Wellness, the departments of anthropology and computer science at Dartmouth College, and the department of Psychiatry at Geisel School of Medicine. Project activities were designed to promote student-engaged research focused on use of digital solutions to address mental health and wellness in college students. Dartmouth students were deeply involved in the design, implementation, and initial testing of technology-based tools for mental health and wellness. Participatory discussion will focus on directions for a student-engaged program of research targeted to foster campus-based mental health and wellness.

About the Presenters: Sarah Lord, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biomedical Data Sciences at Geisel School of Medicine. She directs the Dissemination and Implementation Core at CTBH. A clinical-developmental psychologist, Dr. Lord received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and completed a clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Lord’s research focuses on development, evaluation and sustainable implementation of digital technologies for behavioral health care in diverse settings, including primary care and community settings. Dr. Lord incorporates participatory action research and user-centered design and development approaches in all of her work to promote engagement and translation to systems of care. Current projects include development and evaluation of a digital care management platform to enhance delivery of evidence-based supported employment, adaptation of a mobile platform to support pregnant and parenting women in recovery for opioid dependence, development of technologies to support stress and wellness management among rural teens and college students, and development of measures and processes for evaluating implementation of technology-based behavioral health interventions in different care settings.

Elizabeth Carpenter-Song is a medical and psychological anthropologist. She is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. Her work involves engaging with individuals, families, and communities to learn about the lived experiences and meanings of mental health problems and how people engage with mental health services. She uses ethnographic and qualitative methods to provide insight into a range of issues, including people’s reluctance to engage in mental health services, pathways into recovery, strategies to support people in the wake of homelessness, and persistent inequalities in medical care borne by minority and rural, economically disadvantaged populations. Dr. Carpenter-Song also examines the cultures of medicine and psychiatry in the United States, particularly in relation to the production and mitigation of health inequalities. Her long-term goal is to apply anthropological approaches to make mental health services more patient-centered and more acceptable to vulnerable populations.