Featured Speakers

Dr. Benjamin Locke

Dr. Locke is the Senior Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Penn State University and the Executive Director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (ccmh.psu.edu – a practice-research network of more than 600 institutions), and an affiliate faculty member in Counseling and Clinical Psychology departments at Penn State University. Dr. Locke presents and consults widely about college student mental health, counseling center administration, and has published dozens of peer reviewed articles in the field. Dr. Locke has over 20 years of clinical experience in a wide variety of settings including wilderness therapy, psychiatric hospitals, group homes, community mental health, and college counseling centers.

Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker

Dr. Pinder-Amaker has over 25 years of experience in college student mental health treatment, administration, and policy. She is the founding director of McLean Hospital’s College Mental Health Program, a unique initiative serving students from over 200 institutions of higher education, providing student-focused treatment; consultation to students, parents, and college professionals; and related research. Dr. Pinder-Amaker lectures and conducts workshops throughout the country on strengthening continuity of care, and on how to bolster communication between campus- and community-based systems, eliminate barriers to mental health treatment, and better support marginalized students. She has served as guest editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry’s special issue on college student mental health, and has published on the integration of student concerns into traditional models of care.