Dissertation survey focuses on how colleges can better meet the needs of young people with mental illness

August 23, 2015

Network faithful Laura Murray is conducting a much-needed doctoral dissertation study on the experiences of college students with mental illness and how effective the institutions they attend are at supporting them. Read the message from Laura below, review the criteria for participation, and if it fits for you, help advance the knowledge!

  • To Children’s Mental Health Network readers:

    As a scholar, mental health advocate, and someone living with depression, I’m a huge fan of the Children’s Mental Health Network. I am completing a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and my dissertation study is about the experiences of college students with mental illness. I believe it’s time to learn from young people themselves how educational institutions can better meet their needs.

    Anyone who is a current college student and identifies as having a mood, anxiety, or psychotic disorder is eligible to participate in this survey. And respondents can enter a raffle to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Again, the survey is *entirely anonymous.* If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact:

    Laura C. Murray
    twitter: @CollegeInMind

  • P.S. – Feel free to check out my youth mental health-related Education Week Commentaries here and here.

College in Mind: How young adults with mental illness prepare for and transition to college
General Information about this study:

Thank you for your interest in our survey!  The survey is part of a study about young adults, ages 18-25, who have a serious mental illness and who are college students.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 25; you have a mood, anxiety, or psychotic disorder; your mental health challenges began before college entrance, and you will be enrolled as a part-time or full-time college student in the United States in Fall, 2015, you are welcome to complete the survey.  We’d love to learn about your experiences planning for and transitioning into college.

How long will this survey take to complete?
This survey has several different sections and will ask you about your general background, your mental health history, your experiences in high school, your choices related to whether to tell people at school about your mental illness, and your experiences in college related to having a mental illness.  The survey is entirely anonymous and confidential. It should take between 35 and 45 minutes to complete all of the sections.

If you would like to take a break and come back to complete the survey later, you can. Your answers will be automatically saved and stored for up to one week.  Just return to the survey on the same internet browser and computer that you started on.

This survey is entirely anonymous and your identity will be protected.

Financial Information
Your participation in this survey will involve no cost to you.  At the end of the survey, and as a thank you for your time, you can opt to be entered into a raffle to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards. You would provide an email address, and in January 2016, after the survey closes, three winners will be drawn from the list of emails. I will contact the winners and make sure that you receive your prizes.

Contact Persons
If you have any questions about this study please contact Laura Murray at phone (310) 463-9692 or email:

If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, you may call the Office of Regulatory Affairs, Institutional Review Board at University of Pennsylvania: (215) 898-2614.

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