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Nine new mental health providers join UHS Mental Health Services

Students accessing mental health services will find additional providers on staff this semester.

In response to a need to improve access to mental health services, University Health Services (UHS) has hired nine new mental health providers. Three of these providers will exclusively serve students of color, joining eight providers already in this role. In addition to increasing access to services, the new providers will enhance programming across campus aimed to support BIPOC-identified students. Four new providers will serve as generalists which are counselors who see clients with a wide range of concerns rather than a specific population. Finally, the two additional new providers will serve as care managers, working closely with students who may need support in finding resources both at UHS and in the Madison community.

“I’m very excited to welcome this new group of providers to UHS. They come to our community with enthusiasm, experience, and the cultural awareness and humility to support our students as they pursue both academic success and personal growth,” says Sarah Nolan, PhD, director of Mental Health Services, (MHS) and a licensed psychologist.

The new providers represent a diverse mix of clinical social workers, counselors, and psychologists, each with a special interest in meeting the growing demand for mental health services on campus.

“In this role, as a provider focusing on students of color and other aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice, I hope to support students in having a fulfilling and successful college career,” says Rianna Bailey, MSW, LCSW. “I want to make sure students have a good experience with therapy and their therapist so that they feel safe seeking services in the future if needed.”

In addition to individual counseling, MHS—which has 55 providers on staff—offers group counseling and outreach programming to the student community, in addition to a training program. During the 2020-2021 academic year, MHS had more than 25,000 patient visits.

New students of color-focused providers:

New generalist providers:

New care manager providers

“Working in college health is deeply rewarding because it may be a student’s first time coming to see a provider and so there is immense trust that goes into developing a therapeutic relationship and navigating challenges together. There is an opportunity to advocate for students in ways that can make meaningful differences in their lives,” says Tommy Wild, PhD.

Following a national search, Ellen Marks, who has been with MHS since 2018, was appointed Associate Director of Clinical Services.

“The addition of these providers—including the providers who serve specific populations—strengthens our ability as an organization to better serve the whole student,” adds Nolan.

To get started with Mental Health Services, call 608-265-5600 (option 2) or log in to MyUHS to schedule an Access Appointment.