Committee on Student Mental Health and Wellness


Ohio State commissioned a Suicide and Mental Health Task Force in response to important dialogue on campus about the university’s suicide prevention efforts and mental health services. The task force released a report that includes a series of recommendations, and an implementation team has been tasked with analyzing these recommendations and creating proposals and plans for each.

In order to explore opportunities to support their initiatives and support our students’ health and wellness through college-specific opportunities, in autumn 2019 the College of Arts and Sciences established a Committee on Student Mental Health and Wellness. The committee will:

  • Review the task force’s short-term recommendations and identify opportunities for college contributions and partnerships
  • Consider best practices and campus-wide resources that support the unique needs of students in our academic disciplines
  • Make ongoing recommendations to college leadership regarding implementation of initiatives that have the broadest impact


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Committee Co-Chairs: 

Brian Orefice 
Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies

Ann Rottersman 
Director, Student Programs  

Committee Members: 

Corinna Ash 
Graduate Program Coordinator, Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology  

Paige Butauski 
Undergraduate Student, Psychology 

Lindsey Chamberlain
Assistant Dean and Director, Arts and Sciences Honors Program 

Jen Cheavens
Associate Professor, Psychology 

Alec Clott 
Graduate Student, Political Science  

Sishir Doddi
Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience  

Rebecca Frazer
Graduate Student, Communication 

Sarah Gartland
Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry  

Deepika Raju Nantha Kumar
Undergraduate Student, Psychology  

Kammi Schmeer
Associate Professor, Sociology 

Yvette Shen
Assistant Professor, Design 

Matthew Swift
Program Coordinator, Film Studies Program  

Evonne Turner-Byfield
Graduate Student, Anthropology 

Kendra White  
Undergraduate Student, Psychology 

Dongbin Xiu 
Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor, Mathematics