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CPA Webinar: Combating College Student Loneliness Through Research & Design
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MDT
Category: CPA Webinar

CPA CE Webinar:

Combating College Student Loneliness Through Research & Design
Thursday, April 28, 2022
12 - 1PM MT

CPA Members: $35.00
Non-Members: $70.00


DescriptionLoneliness is a significant contributing factor to student attrition and poor mental health that has been drastically exacerbated in light of the pandemic. This presentation will highlight the 18+ month research process, development, launch, and impact of a scalable, digital intervention proactively addressing the issue of loneliness on campus. Results of a randomized controlled trial and subsequent launch at 30+ institutions, including Colorado State University and CU Denver, will be presented alongside key insights and learnings to assist campuses in decreasing loneliness amidst ongoing social anxiety and uncertainties.

CEs: 1.0 CE Available

Program LevelIntermediate

Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze the current state of loneliness on campuses across the nation and its associated mental health impacts, both prior to and in light of COVID-19.
  • Analyze the opportunity to proactively support student belongingness and social connections to promote student mental health, well-being and success.
  • Develop awareness and understanding of approaches being applied to buffer student loneliness and means to garner cross departmental support to reduce it.

Speaker:  Nathaan Demers, Psy.D.

Nathaan Demers, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist with experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including college counseling. In addition to his clinical experience, he worked as a Behavioral Health Research and Technical Assistance Associate at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education - Behavioral Health Program, a nonprofit working to bring quality behavioral health services to rural and underserved areas in the Western 15 states and American Territories in the Pacific. Nathaan completed his dissertation research on the topic of maturity in adolescent and college populations and has sat on the Colorado Psychological Association Board and Primary Care Provider Suicide Prevention Workgroup in the state of Colorado. Nathaan is currently the Vice President of Clinical Programs & Strategic Partnerships with Grit Digital Health, working at the intersection of behavioral health and technology with the majority of his time spent working with improving student behavioral health, well-being, and success.

The Colorado Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.