Subject Matter Experts
Louise Douce, Ph.D.
- Louise retired in 2012 as Assistant Vice President of Student Life at The Ohio State University having supervised units dedicated to enhancing success of and removing barriers to student success. She is a specialist in college student mental health and has been active in college and university psychology and nationally active in the education and training issues for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists and counselors. Louise is a pioneer in university threat assessment, chairing the OSU team for 25 years and providing crisis support for the campus. She has published and presented in the areas of college student mental and behavioral health, career development for women, multicultural competency with a special focus on GLBT issues, supervision and training and women’s issues. Louise is active in the American psychological Association, APA, and served on the Board of Directors.
Kathy Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
- Kathy is a psychologist who specializes in mental health and personal development of college students. She worked in counseling centers for more than 25 years, including University of Missouri-Columbia, Stephens College, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University (Director) and Duke University (Executive Director). She has been a consultant to IES Abroad student affairs staff for more than 15 years. Kathy has special interest in the areas of trauma, contemporary gender issues, developmental issues of emerging adults, and systems approaches to campus crisis. She was co-chair of the Elements of Excellence committee for the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, charged with presenting a training institute for new counseling directors as well as creating six model training programs. She has published and presented nationally for AUCCCD, NASPA, NAFSA, Society for Adolescent Medicine, and conferences on law in higher education sponsored by Stetson and the University of Vermont.
Doris Iarovici, M.D.
- Doris has provided psychiatric care to college students for over twenty years: at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, in private practice, in a residential eating disorders treatment program, and now at Harvard University’s Counseling and Mental Health Services. The author of “Mental Health Issues and the University Student” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), she has written about college mental health in The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychiatric Times, and elsewhere. She also writes fiction, and has worked on using the humanities to enhance empathy in clinical care delivery. She is a member of the National Network of Depression Centers’ College Mental Health Taskforce and the American Psychiatric Association’s College Mental Health Caucus. A Distinguished Fellow of the APA, she has frequently presented on college psychiatry at national professional meetings. She is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Medicine.
External Contributor, Love is Louder
- Courtney has over a decade of experience managing both nonprofit organizations and national communication efforts. Since joining JED as Communications Director in late 2006, he has managed a variety of programs for the organization, including the Peabody Award-winning Half of Us campaign with mtvU. Prior to JED, Courtney led awareness and social responsibility campaigns in corporate, nonprofit and agency environments for a diverse list of organizations, including Outward Bound, General Electric, March of Dimes, Anheuser-Busch and The Equality in Marriage Institute. He holds a BS in Communications from Florida State University.
Brian R. Mitra, Ed.D.
- Brian R. Mitra is a passionate and dedicated student affairs professional who is currently the Dean of Student Affairs at Kingsborough Community College. Brian’s responsibilities include oversight and management of the Division of Student Affairs including areas of Access-Ability Services, Athletics, Career & Transfer Services, College Discovery Program, Community Standards & Judicial Affairs, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Centers, Men’s Resource Center, Student Life, TRiO Student Support Services. He serves on the college’s senior administration and sits on several college wide committee including the Assessment and Care Team and Middle State Accreditation. In addition, Brian serves a dual appointment as the community college rep for Region II of NASPA and the Community College Division Board, sat on the James E. Scott Academy and serves on the 2020 and 2015 Annual Conference Leadership Team. He has presented nationally, regionally, and locally and has several publications. Prior to being the Dean of Student Affairs, Brian severed as the Associate Dean and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Director of the Office of Career Development, Transfer and Scholarship Opportunities and the Job Placement Coordinator at Kingsborough. He has also held positions as a Graduate Assistant in Commuter Student Affairs and Student Activities Advisor at Stony Brook University. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Science and an Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Management from Stony Brook University, his Master of Arts in Community Health Education from Brooklyn College, and his doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.
- Mort is the Senior Science Advisor to the U.S.A. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He was the Director of the Student Counseling and Resource Center at The University of Chicago from 1987-2002. From 1996-2009 he was the Editor-in-Chief of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. From 2002-2013 he was a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Scientific Council. Dr. Silverman is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the International Association for Suicide Research (IASR). He currently is the Treasurer of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). He is the co-author or author of over 45 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 book chapters, and co-author of The Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology (2000), and Adolescent Suicide: Assessment and Intervention (2006).
External Contributor, Senior Advisor
- Janis Whitlock is a developmental psychologist and public health specialist with over three decades of experience in social, emotional, and mental health promotion. She is the founder and director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery and currently serves as the associate director for teaching and training in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University. In addition to her recently released book, Healing self-injury: A compassionate guide for parents and other loved ones, she is the author of over fifty publications related to youth connectedness and resilience, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicide prevention in adolescence and young adulthood. She is currently focused on understanding and effectively using social media to strengthen prosocial social, emotional and mental health messaging to adolescents and young adults. She has received widespread recognition for her work, including being recently named as the 2019 Francqui Professor Chair in social science in Belgium. She earned a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University (2003), a Masters of Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill (1994), and a BA from the University of California at Berkeley (1988). She has dedicated her entire professional life to understanding and contributing to larger social discourse related to how to best foster healthy adolescent and young adult development and wellbeing.