Supporting mental health and well-being of STEMM graduate students

Highlights from the National Academies’ report

April 7, 2021 | Duration: 1 hr. 2 mins.

Student well-being is foundational to academic success. One recent survey of postsecondary educators found that nearly 80% believed emotional well-being is a "very" or "extremely" important factor in student success. While dealing with stress is a normal part of life, for some students, stress can adversely affect their physical, emotional and psychological health, particularly given that adolescence and early adulthood are when most mental illnesses first manifest.

Join us for a conversation on supporting the mental health and well-being of STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) graduate students. Building on the recently released report "Mental Health, Substance Use, and Wellbeing in Higher Education: Supporting the Whole Student" from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, study authors Frances Leslie and Julie Posselt and study director Layne Scherer explore the key takeaways from this report related to graduate education.

This webinar is part of a series of events co-organized by scientific societies committed to enhancing the professional development of early-career scientists. This event is hosted by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with media partners American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Physical Society, American Society for Cell Biology, and Professional Development Hub.

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Join us May 12 at 1 p.m. ET for a free webinar outlining common mental health challenges of STEMM graduate students and providing strategies for managing them. Learn when to use small steps to address these challenges yourself and when you may need professional help. On-campus and off-campus mental health resources will be discussed, as well as strategies for accessing care. Learn more


Layne Scherer

Layne Scherer, Moderator
Senior program officer, Board on Higher Education and Workforce, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Frances Leslie

Frances Leslie
Professor of pharmaceutical sciences, University of California, Irvine

Julie Posselt

Julie Posselt
Associate professor of higher education, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

Who should watch

  • Faculty involved in mentoring graduate students
  • Graduate program directors
  • Department chairs
  • Academic leadership
  • Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and early career scientists

Learning objectives

  • Summarize findings from the National Academies' 2021 report, "Mental Health, Substance Use, and Wellbeing in Higher Education: Supporting the Whole Student," particularly those focused on graduate education
  • Identify and further define actions to initiate at the local, campus, level to support the well-being of graduate students