Keynote Speakers

Dr. Nance Roy

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Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine and Clinical Director, JED Foundation                                    

The Value of Data Driven Outcomes

Dr. Roy has extensive experience with data-based outcomes and strategies to improve the mental health of university campuses, especially focusing on the link between student success, self-care, and mental health. During her keynote, Dr. Roy will speak on emotional well-being, suicide prevention, and substance abuse prevention, and the role of data in achieving public health goals.

Dr. Ben Locke

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Associate Director of Clinical Services at Penn State University, the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), and faculty in the Counseling and Clinical Psychology departments at Penn State University

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Higher Education: Lessons Learned from 475,000 College Students Seeking Treatment

Dr. Locke presents and consults widely about college student mental health in higher education and has published dozens of peer reviewed articles on the topic, and has over 19 years of clinical experience in a wide variety of mental health settings including wilderness therapy, psychiatric hospitals, group homes, community mental health, and has spent the last dozen years working in college counseling. Dr. Locke will examine the topic of suicide prevention in higher education from the perspective of university/college counseling centers and the students they serve. Using recently published five-year trend results from The Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), Dr; Locke will review trends in college student mental health, explore contributing factors, and discuss data-based implications for higher education policy over the next five years.    

Dr. Donn Marshall

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Associate Dean of Students & Director of Counseling, Health & Wellness Services at the University of Puget Sound

Building Campus Competence to Prevent College Student Suicide

Reducing the rate of suicide among college students starts by acknowledging the scope of the problem, examining factors that increase and decrease risk, and identifying approaches to reducing risk. In this keynote we open the second day of the conference with an overview of risk factors most relevant for a college population, an examination of promising elements of effective comprehensive campus suicide prevention programs, and consideration of institutional challenges to this work.