Healthy Minds Study Administrative Surveys

Principal Investigator:
Daniel Eisenberg, PhD (University of Michigan School of Public Health)

Funded by:
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan

Project Goals & Approach:
Institutions of higher learning are faced with several concurrent issues, such as 1) increasing numbers of students with severe emotional problems (Kitzrow, 2003), 2) students and families who look primarily to universities to provide mental health and other supportive services for their students, and 3) budgetary cutbacks that make growth in mental health staffing difficult (Marsh, 2004). College counseling centers face many challenges in the current higher education environment, but little is known about how they are responding to the increased demand for their services and the increased severity of their students’ presenting problems.

The purpose of the Healthy Minds Study Administrative Surveys was to examine the changes in demand and role of student mental health services as reported by college counseling and mental health center (CCMHC) administrators. In-depth qualitative interviews were used to investigate important issues raised by previous quantitative studies (Gallagher, 2008). In particular, an aim of this study was to ascertain a richer, more in-depth understanding of the changes in demand, the psychosocial reasons for these changes, and how counseling centers and institutions have responded to these changes.


  • Watkins, D. C., Hunt, J., & Eisenberg, D. (2012). Increased demand for mental health services on college campuses: Perspective from administrators. Qualitative Social Work, 11, 319-337.  
  • Hunt, J., Watkins, D. C., & Eisenberg, D. (2012). How do college campuses make decisions about allocating resources for student mental health? Findings from key participant interviews at 10 campuses. Journal of College Student Development, 53(6), pg. 850-856.

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