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The Power of Assessment for Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing
We often think of ourselves as "just the technicians," but assessment professionals have unique skills and perspectives that are invaluable for making our institutions healthier. In this interactive keynote, we will review the current state of mental health in higher education through a brief review of research and your own institutions' experiences. We will then consider the power of a community-based approach to wellbeing that harnesses the skills of assessment professionals. Next will be ideas for engaging (sometimes reluctant) stakeholders in the assessment process. Finally, we will brainstorm ideas for gathering effective data without worsening survey fatigue. Bring all your ideas and questions, or just listen along. I look forward to learning with and from you!
Nicole Whyms Brocato, PhD, has over 15 years of experience as a psychologist in wellbeing, assessment, data analysis, research methods, and therapeutic services. She currently works at Wake Forest University, where her most recent role was the Director of the Wellbeing Assessment. In that role, Nicole led a team of faculty and staff to create the 18-dimension Wellbeing Assessment. The Assessment is deployed as a national survey to help higher education institutions develop effective and inclusive wellbeing programs, policies, and practices. Outside of the Wellbeing Assessment, Nicole’s work focuses on promoting inclusive and community-based approaches to wellbeing, integrating participatory and evidence-based practices into institutions’ standard procedures, and developing data and assessment systems that work in real-life settings.
Laura Goff is an associate dean at Excelsior University within the School of Undergraduate Studies. She has worked in online higher education for more than a decade focusing on health science and public service disciplines.
Panelist: Jerimy Blowers, PhD
Dr. Jerimy Blowers is an Associate Professor Coordinator of Wellness and Intervention Services. Jerimy Blowers earned his Master of Science in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh and his doctorate in Health Psychology from Northcentral University in Arizona in 2007. He returned to Cayuga in 2014 after serving as the director for the Academy for Academic Excellence and Student Success at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls. At Cayuga, Jerimy develops programs enhancing campus community health and wellness, provides personal counseling, serves as a behavioral health consultant and an academic advisor for the Office of Student Engagement. He also leads the College’s Behavioral Intervention Team and chairs the Violence Prevention Team. In 2019, he received the Alumni Achievement Award, the Richard Malstead Award for student service, and the Gold Award by Cayuga County SAVAR, a recognition of his service supporting survivors of violence and sexual assault.
10:00am to 11:15am – Keynote Presentation on The Power of Assessment for Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing
11:30am to 12:30pm – Virtual Lunch Event (TBD)
12:30pm to 1:00pm – Break
1:00pm to 2:00pm - Panel Discussion on Mental Health and Assessment