Students entering undergraduate or graduate programs know that they will have to manage large workloads for their courses, but often students struggle with managing their time, balancing stress, and dealing with anxiety and depression, which can create more challenges in their college experience. Creating a supportive culture around mental health is imperative to help students be successful. As part of her capstone project for her EdD in Adult Education through Capella University, Leah Lebowicz has created a wellness program at the Biomedical Visualization graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, that establishes a supportive culture around mental health where students are not alone in their struggles. The creation of this program, based on current scientific and educational studies, empowers students to take charge of their own wellness, to stay in touch with their needs and to provide them with strategies to deal with the challenges they may face. In this session, tools that can provide support to students will be discussed, such as needs assessments, current mental health strategies, time management and mindfulness strategies as well as ways to offer these tools to students as part of a supportive culture. As an association, it is critical that we create a supportive community around mental health to insure our students are able to progress on a path of success in their professional and personal lives.
Leah Lebowicz, MS, CMI is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director of the Biomedical Visualization Graduate program (BVIS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As part of the BVIS faculty, Leah teaches the 3D modeling courses in the program, which include software such as Autodesk 3D Studio Max and Mudbox, Adobe Photoshop, Materialise Mimics, Pixologic ZBrush and KeyShot. She also teaches the Visual Learning and Visual Thinking II course. She is interested in improving medical education with the use of 3D interactive programs, specifically in the field of embryology. Leah is currently pursuing her EdD in Adult Education through Capella University. Leah has served as a research chair and committee member on numerous Master student research projects since 2012. The research topics she and her students have investigated have involved 3D modeling, 2D and 3D animation, interactive program design and development, virtual reality, embryology, medical education, paleontology reconstructions, and visualizing medical diagnostic procedures.