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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).


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

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Global Development
  • IT Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization
  • Analytics
  • Computational Media
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • OMSCS asynchronous
  • OMSCS asynchronous, case-by-case
  • OMSCS synchronous
  • OMSCS synchronous, case-by-case
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Building Construction
  • Building Construction and Facility Management
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Geographic Information Science and Technology
  • Industrial Design
  • Music Technology
  • Urban Design
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Systems Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Health Systems
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Logistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Physics
  • Robotics
  • Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Chinese
  • Digital Media
  • Economics
  • Economics and International Affairs
  • French
  • German
  • Global Economics and Modern Languages
  • Global Media and Cultures
  • History, Technology, and Society
  • International Affairs
  • International Affairs and Modern Languages
  • International Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Public Policy
  • Spanish
  • Any Discipline
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Music
  • Pre-Law
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Open to all students interested in social science research.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
ES&T L1 105
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Chris Martin

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).