Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 10
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. describe the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on students and faculty of a graduate training program in school psychology.
  2. learn how students in a graduate program perceive their mental health needs, and how these needs ought to be met.
  3. engage in data-based evaluation and decision making as applied to student well-being within their programs.


The COVID-19 crisis will have inevitable consequences for mental health and as an at-risk population, graduate students may be exceptionally vulnerable (Evans et al., 2018; Gao et al., 2020). Survey results from students and instructors demonstrated one training program’s efficacy in fostering student mental health during a pandemic-related campus shutdown. Attendees will be offered recommendations to respond to the mental health gaps within training programs both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.



Kelly J. Gardner, Letchworth Central School District
Nina C. Mostowfi, Rocketship Delta Prep
Heidi J. Stevens, Farmington Public Schools
Barbara L. Wascher, Portville Central School


Jenna Martuscello, Bradford Daly


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