16th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference Kicks off March 13

Structures, spaces and processes to be emphasis at conference focused around student mental health

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Hundreds of leaders and innovators in college student mental health will converge in Ann Arbor next month as the U-M Depression Center kicks off its 16th annual Depression on College Campuses Conference (DoCC), which is focused on “Redesigning Structures, Spaces, and Processes to Promote Wellness.”docc-18

Learn more and register here.

The conference theme was chosen to address the constantly evolving landscape of mental health care across college campuses. Conference sessions will answer the question: How can campus environments better meet the mental health needs of college students today? The full conference agenda is available here.

The DoCC will be held on March 13 and 14 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.

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

  • Opening keynote on Tuesday, March 13 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The U-M Department of Psychiatry’s annual John F. Greden Scholar in Residence Lecture will coincide with Depression on College Campuses conference opening keynote. This lecture will be given by Dr. Tom Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Insel is now co-founder and president of Mindstrong Health. Dr. Insel’s talk is titled, “How Can Digital Technologies Help Us?”
  • Closing keynote on Wednesday, March 14 from 3:00 -4:00 p.m.: Elizabeth Gong-Guy, Ph.D., executive director of Campus and Student Resilience with UCLA and associate clinical professor in the UCLA Psychology Department will give the DoCC 2018 closing keynote lecture. Dr. Gong-Guy oversees the UCLA Resilience Peer Network, supporting UCLA students in an unprecedented treatment research collaboration through the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC). Visit the UMDC website for updates on the title of this lecture.

“Our robust conference agenda addresses technology; infrastructure and architecture; underserved student populations and how we can better support them; student-driven mental health policy; and so much more,” said Stephanie Salazar, M.P.H., program manager for outreach and education at the U-M Depression Center and conference lead. “My hope is that our conference attendees leave the conference feeling better equipped as to how to handle complex mental health challenges that most college campuses grapple with today.”

Registration is FREE for students from any campus, but an online registration form is still required. The registration fee for non-students is $175. Members of the media covering the event may register at no cost. Additional information on the conference can be found at: www.depressioncenter.org/docc.


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. Learn more: http://www.depressioncenter.org.