Student Behavioral Health Service

The Student Behavioral Health Service (SBHS) provides evaluation and treatment to medical, dental and graduate students at UConn Health. While stress management is often a focus of treatment, students are seen for a variety of other issues. If you’re having a problem, we would like to help you solve it.

Providers

Evaluation, counseling, and medication management are provided by Debra Johnson, A.P.R.N. Counseling is provided by Jessica Meyer, Ph.D., Cassandra Holinka, Ph.D., and Karen Steinberg, Ph.D. Ted Lawlor, M.D., is available for complex medication evaluations, vacation coverage, and clinical administrative evaluations as requested by the associate dean for student affairs of the student’s respective school.

Contact Information
Debra Johnson, A.P.R.N.
Phone: 860-679-5435
dvjohnson@uchc.edu

Jessica Meyer, Ph.D.
Phone: 860-679-5434
jemeyer@uchc.edu

Karen Steinberg, Ph.D.
Phone: 860-679-3712
ksteinberg@uchc.edu

Cassandra Holinka, Ph.D.
Phone: 860 679-6682
holinka@uchc.edu

Ted Lawlor, M.D.
Medical Director
Phone: 860-679-4151
tlawlor@uchc.edu

Appointments

Referrals from your primary care clinician are not necessary. To make an appointment, contact Debra Johnson. Appointments with her are often available within 24 hours of your call.

Appointment Hours for Debra Johnson

  • Monday, Thursday, and Friday: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2 to 5 p.m.

Limited hours are available with Drs. Meyer, Holinka, and Steinberg.

Office Location
195 Farmington Avenue
Suite 2000, Office 2001
Farmington, CT 06030

Directions

  • From UConn Health, 195 is the building just past the American Red Cross on the right.
  • Park in visitor parking.
  • Take the stairs or elevator to the second floor.
  • Walk through the doorway and enter Suite 2000 via the double wooden doors on your right.
  • Student Behavioral Health is the first office on the left.

Services

Comprehensive outpatient care for a wide variety of health concerns such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating issues
  • Substance use issues
  • Stress management
  • Crisis management
  • Transitional issues
  • Grief
  • LGBT issues
  • Relationship/roommate issues

Counseling services provided include:

  • Stress management
  • Individual counseling
  • Medication management
  • Referrals for substance use evaluations in the community

Cost

The SBHS services are free. There is no co-pay and you do not need to use your insurance.

Confidentiality

In general, your medical information is private and can only be shared with others if you give written permission. Please see the only exceptions to this general statement in the Student Handbook, 2.E. Impaired Student Policy. Documentation is maintained in the provider’s office in a double-locked fashion.

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Kripalu

Kripalu is a yoga health and wellness retreat center in the Berkshires. Students are invited to attend for a week and enjoy the benefits of meditation and whole foods. To register, call 877-756-9705.

Resources

Calm.com: A Free App that Helps You Learn to Meditate

Mayo Clinic Yoga and Meditation Videos

Mindfulness Meditation

Stress and the Effects of Stress

Stress Management Techniques

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Meditation and Mindfulness

Relaxation Audio Sessions