Aligning students and counseling centers on student mental health needs and treatment resources

Katherine A. Cohen, Andrea K. Graham, Emily G. Lattie*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective To recognize gaps between students’ expectations of college counseling centers and centers’ current practices and to identify strategies to improve care from both clinicians and students. Participants: As part of an ongoing study on mobile technologies for stress management, we gathered data from counseling center clinicians and students at two large Midwestern universities. Methods: Clinicians completed online questionnaires on their current practices and interest in digital mental health tools. Students and clinicians completed co-design workshops. In subsequent individual interviews, students identified barriers to care. Results: Both students and clinicians recognized a need for stress management and mental health support outside of counseling sessions. Conclusions: Students and clinicians recognize barriers to face-to-face therapy and are eager to collaborate to identify opportunities to address barriers to mental health services. We discuss digital mental health tools as a potential opportunity for support and benefits of including students in discussions of treatment resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)724-732
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022


  • College students
  • digital mental health
  • higher education
  • mental health
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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