Student Mental Health Service

The Student Mental Health Service provides evaluation and treatment to medical, dental and graduate students of the University of Connecticut. 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.


Counseling and medication management are provided by Debra Johnson, A.P.R.N. When Ms. Johnson is away, care is provided by Jessica Meyer, Ph.D.

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

Jessica Meyer, Ph.D.
Phone: 860-679-5434


Referrals from your primary care clinician are not necessary to make an appointment with Deb Johnson. Students may contact her through email or directly by phone at 860-679-5435. Appointments are often available within 24 hours of your call.

Appointment Hours

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

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


  • From UConn Health, 195 is the building just past the American Red Cross on the right.
  • Park toward the rear of the lot 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 Mental Health is the first office on the right.


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

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating
  • Sexual relationships
  • Stress
  • Crisis management
  • Transitional issues
  • Grief

Counseling services provided include:

  • Stress management
  • Individual counseling
  • Medication management
  • Peer support services

For issues with alcohol and drug abuse, the CHIPS (Confidential Help and Information for Professional Students) Program is available:

  • Education and increased awareness of substance abuse.
  • Free and confidential evaluation is available with access to treatment resources which are usually covered with a copay by insurance or via the Employee Assistance Program.
  • If you are having an emergency, urgent care is provided by the John Dempsey Hospital resident on call.
  • For more information, visit the CHIPS page.


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


Your medical information is private and can only be shared with others if you give written permission. No insurance is required and no co-pay is taken. Nothing is put into your medical records.



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 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