SBME Presents— Mental Health Matters panel: How to Thrive Through Your Degree


In-person Location: Biomedical Research Centre, Room 351
Virtual room: email prior to 10:00 (Pacific Time) on September 29, 2022 for Zoom access
Time: 11:00-11:50 (Pacific Time)


SBME Presents:
Mental Health Matters: How to Thrive Through Your Degree



Mental health matters. Even if we think we’re doing alright, wellbeing is something we have to make a conscious effort to maintain, and it’s not easy. Especially for students, it’s hard to balance work, school, research, family and friend commitments, financial planning, and self care.

For today’s panel, we’re hearing from 3 teaching faculty members who are mental health advocates in the SBME community. They’ve gone through the struggle of balancing earning a degree with the rest of life. Drs. Jenna Usprech, Robyn Newell, and Negar Harandi are here to share their student experiences and mental health journeys, chat about what mental health and wellbeing mean for them as instructors, share resources and advice, and—most importantly—hear your experiences and ideas. We know that SBME has a lot to do in order to support our community members’ mental health, and we’d like to know where our staff, faculty, and leadership can start.



  • Opening remarks
  • Panel
  • Q&A and listening session
  • Reflection period







Dr. Jenna Usprech

Assistant Professor of Teaching  |  SBME









Dr. Robyn Newell

Assistant Professor of Teaching  |  SBME









Dr. Negar Harandi

Assistant Professor of Teaching  |  SBME










Yeganeh Dorri

PhD Student  |  SBME