Mary Christie Quarterly

A quarterly magazine of news, information, and commentary on the issues that impact the health and wellness of college students.


A weekly roundup of news and research on the health and wellness of young adults.

Mental and Behavioral Health
According to a new study from researchers at the University of Cambridge, mindfulness training can help support students at risk of mental health problems. The randomized control trial found that a mindfulness course led to lower distress scores during the exam term compared with students who only received the usual support. Additionally, the study found that distress scores for the mindfulness group during exam time were below their baseline levels measured at the start of the year, while the students in the control group became increasingly stressed as the academic year progressed.

A growing number of researchers and tech companies are beginning to mine social media for warning signs of suicidal thoughts in an effort to test programs to automatically detect these signals. The app company Mindstrong is developing machine-learning algorithms to correlate the language that people use and their behavior, such as scrolling speed, with symptoms of mental health issues. Mindstrong’s president, Thomas Insel, says that collecting “passive” data from a person’s devices could be more informative than having them answer a questionnaire. This year, Facebook announced that it was rolling out its own automated suicide-prevention tools, and Apple and Google are pursuing similar ventures.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Education Department is cutting staff at the Office for Civil Rights, leading civil right advocates to worry the the move will weaken the office’s ability to respond to issues like sexual assault and racial discrimination on college campuses.


The Mary Christie Foundation’s survey program provides insights and information on a range of student health issues facing administrators and policymakers.

Colloquia and Forums

The Foundation hosts symposiums and forums with thought leaderships and college leadership within a certain field or topic.

  • MCF Presidents’ Colloquium on Student Health and Wellness

    November 3-4, 2016

    The Mary Christie Foundation presents the MCF Presidents’ Colloquium on Student Health and Wellness – a two-day event designed for college and university presidents to share knowledge and produce new thinking on the expanding array of issues that make up student health and wellness.

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  • Preventing Opioid Deaths Among Young People

    In June, 2105, the Mary Christie Foundation and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation hosted a symposium on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress, their staff, Administration officials and the public.

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Awards Programs

The MCF recognizes young leaders and insight generators in the field of student health and wellness. We recognize and engage mid-career leaders, and young adults; and award individuals and teams that have the potential to produce important insights and impacts on topics related to college student health and wellness.

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