Wellbeing and Mental Health

2016 ~ Present | Center for Engineering Education Diversity (CEED); Women in Engineering (WIE); College of Engineering; the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology (WST).

Goals

Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness but the presence of meaning, engagement, and other factors that are characterize a good life. The goal of this VIP team is to conduct psychological and sociological research on how to enhance positive mental health and, to some degree, reduce stress and unhappiness. We emphasize longitudinal studies in which a set of participants are followed across a long period of time. We also emphasize applied rather than basic work, but all of our work is informed by scientific theory.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Can a simple intervention cause a sustained rather than merely temporarly increase in wellbeing? When students feel that life lacks meaning, do they strive to find meaning? If so, how? Can the overall wellbeing of a university's student body be tracked using machine learning? How does class-related teamwork affect the degree to which students feel lonely or connected? How well do students understand the mental health services that a university offers? Why do students fail, on some occasions, to recognize symptoms of distress or mental illness?

Methods and Technologies

  • Panel Surveys
  • Cross-sectional surveys
  • Experience Sampling
  • Qualitative Interviews
  • Machine Learning

Academic Majors of Interest

  • All Disciplines
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Physiology
  • Architecture
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration, Management
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Science*
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Computing
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Sciences
  • Computational Media
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Education*
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • History, Technology, and Society
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Industrial Design
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Affairs
  • Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Marine Sciences*
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Physics - Applied
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Sports, Society, and Technology
  • Structural Engineering*
  • Systems Engineering*

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Open to all students interested in social science research.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Time: 

3:00-3:50

Meeting Location: 

Klaus 1440

Meeting Day: 

Wednesday

Team Advisors

Dr. Chris C. Martin (BME)

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Center for Engineering Education Diversity (CEED); Women in Engineering (WIE); College of Engineering; the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology (WST).