Best Practices and Strategies for Student Mental Health Focus at 15th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Leaders and innovators in college student mental health will once again convene in Ann Arbor in March as the U-M Depression Center kicks off its 15th annual Depression on College Campuses Conference (DoCC) focused on implementing creative strategies to satisfy both the changing needs of students and the increasing demand for services on college campuses.fb-1200x630static

The conference will be held on March 20 and 21 at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School building in Ann Arbor. Expert guest speakers will discuss new research findings, model programs, and innovative strategies that demonstrate how colleges and universities are adapting to the changing demand for services by implementing distinct and unique approaches to mental health programs.

The Depression on College Campuses conference is a multi-disciplinary forum for clinicians, researchers, academic advisors, students, faculty, and others from institutions across the country to discuss the latest findings and best practices related to the prevention of depression and its consequences during the high-stakes college years.

A panel discussion will focus on the leading strategies of clinical service delivery, change management, and prevention models aimed at the factors which influence student mental health.

Additionally, workshops and sessions will further address innovative ways to approach depression on college campuses. Some of the workshops and sessions offered will focus on the importance of mindfulness and improvisation, both for the individuals dealing with depression and for the individuals looking to help those impacted by depression. Others will discuss strategies of intervention, prevention, stigma reduction, as well as tailored programs to reach the needs of students of color.

In addition to the panel discussion, workshops, and concurrent sessions, the conference will feature two keynote presentations:

  • “Motivational Interviewing in the Prevention and Treatment of Depression” presented by William R. Miller, Ph.D., Co-founder of Motivational Interviewing and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico;
  • “Attending at Scale, Responding Personally: Supporting Students in an Information Age” presented by Timothy McKay, Ph.D., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education and Director of LSA Honors Program at the University of Michigan.

“With the prominent influence of new technologies on students comes the need for improved strategies to address the changing atmosphere of mental health on college campuses,” said Stephanie Salazar, M.P.H., program manager for outreach and education at the U-M Depression Center and conference lead. “The 15th annual DoCC conference seeks to identify this changing atmosphere by implementing and discussing innovative programs designed to improve care for students battling depression and enhance training for the caregivers of these students.”

Registration is FREE for students from any campus, but an online registration form is still required. The registration fee for non-students is $150 before February 6th, and $175 after February 6th. (Members of the media covering the event may register at no cost.) A conference schedule and additional information can be found at:


Established in 2001, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center (UMDC) is the first of its kind devoted entirely to bringing depression into the mainstream of medical research, translational care, education, and public policy. The Center is at the forefront in changing the paradigm of how depression and bipolar illnesses are understood and treated.