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Parent PreVU -- News from Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs


   June 2013

Parents and Family Programs



Keeping your Vanderbilt student healthy and well



Congratulations, Vanderbilt parents,

Your student has selected an outstanding school. As parents ourselves, we are aware of your need for information as you provide us the opportunity to educate your student. An important aspect of learning in college is the transition to increased independence. That transition can be stressful, and our goal is to help students manage it. We seek to foster a student culture of well-being and personal responsibility that encourages the healthy lifestyles necessary if students are to achieve their academic, career and interpersonal goals at Vanderbilt.

The Office of the Dean of Students provides a comprehensive network of student health and wellness services that are fully integrated with the offices of your student's academic schools and colleges, as well as The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt. Students entering college are faced with learning how to balance academics with free time. It is so important for each student to learn how to make these decisions, and our office provides a team of professionals to lend support and counsel when needed. We also educate students on the risks related to alcohol and substance use and provide alcohol and substance use counseling.

Health and wellness can be viewed as a continuum ranging from wellness promotion to prevention to treatment. Read on to learn more about the teams of medical professionals and mental health professionals at our Psychological and Counseling Center, the Zerfoss Student Health Center and Student Health and Wellness. If you have questions, we're here to help. We look forward to meeting you as you move your student onto The Ingram Commons or at any time when you are on campus. Welcome to Vanderbilt!


Catherine Fuchs, M.D.
Director, Psychological and Counseling Center

Louise Hanson, M.D.
Medical Director, Student Health

Keith G. Meador, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean, Student Health and Wellness



Campus Resources

Psychological and Counseling Center
Director: Catherine Fuchs, M.D.
(615) 322-2571

The PCC team of clinical professionals includes psychologists, licensed counselors including substance use specialists, and psychiatric medical providers. The center provides mental health assessment, support and treatment for all students enrolled at Vanderbilt. The PCC has an Outreach Coordinator who works with students and campus leaders to provide education about stress management and mental health. Her focus is on enhancing coping skills and decreasing risk factors for mental health problems. A specific area of education is suicide risk and prevention; our staff provides workshops for students and faculty at the undergraduate and graduate level to promote mental health awareness and to introduce skills for guiding students toward help.

The center also functions as a training facility for graduate practicum students, pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents. They are supervised by our staff, licensed psychologists and other professionals.

We understand that the transition to college is difficult for parents, as well as the students. We have developed a brochure for parents providing tips for facilitating this transition.

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Student Health
Medical Director: Louise Hanson, M.D.
(615) 322-2427

The Zerfoss Student Health Center serves the primary care needs of the Vanderbilt student community. Its comprehensive care includes many services that can often only be found in a hospital or specialist offices in most communities. There are no office copays for routine visits, and all registered students are eligible for care, regardless of insurance coverage.

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The Office of Student Health and Wellness
Associate Dean: Keith G. Meador, M.D., M.P.H.
(615) 322-0480

The Office of Student Health and Wellness utilizes a holistic approach to encourage students to achieve a healthy lifestyle. In order to create a supportive environment, we work closely with the Psychological and Counseling Center, the Student Health Center, the Office of Housing and Residential Education and other campus partners, including the Academic Deans, to help provide emotional, physical and social support services for students on campus. Student Health and Wellness seeks to nurture a community of belonging and flourishing for all Vanderbilt students by working closely with our colleagues throughout the campus to provide health and wellness educational opportunities for the entire community and coordinated services for students at particular points of need.

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Upcoming dates and deadlines


June 10-28
Academic registration period


June 30
Deadline to submit housing requests for special consideration


July 1
Deadline to submit student health forms


July 15
Deadline to select Commodore Cash funds for Commodore Card


July 24 August 28
Opening enrollment/student change period


August 1
Deadline to waive student health insurance


August 1
Deadline to submit the student account agreement form

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