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Struggling in STEM: Supporting Mental Health in Trainees

Thursday, June 6

  • 12:00 - 1:30pm ET

Cost: FREE*



*ABRCMS is supported by a grant from the NIGMS


Are you a STEM faculty member, PI, or department head concerned about your trainees' well-being?

Research shows that anxiety and depression are more prevalent among STEM students than the general student population. This opportunity to hear an expert panel and participate in a peer discussion will equip you with the knowledge and tools to create a supportive environment that prioritizes your trainees' mental health.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Strategies to foster a healthy and supportive lab or research environment
  • How to build positive mentoring relationships that promote open communication
  • Effective ways to connect trainees with mental health resources

This panel and discussion are for you if you are:

  • A STEM faculty member or researcher
  • A department head or program director
  • Anyone who mentors or supervises STEM trainees

By attending this ABRCMS365 event, you will gain valuable insights on how to:

  • Proactively support your trainees' mental health
  • Reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in STEM fields
  • Create a thriving research environment where trainees can excel

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how you can make a positive impact on the lives of your trainees!



Katelyn Cooper, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University


Katey is an Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Trained as a discipline-based education researcher, she uses qualitative and quantitative methodologies to examine the relationship between student mental health and cognitive and affective learning. Cooper received the NSF CAREER award to investigate the relationship between undergraduate/graduate research and depression and was listed as one of the 2022 NBC PRIDE 30: The new generation for her efforts to make biology education more inclusive.


Keisha N. Hardeman, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM,MBCM
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Keisha Hardeman is a postdoctoral associate in cancer biology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She has a Bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology (TAMU) and a PhD in cancer biology (Vanderbilt University). She is also board certified as medical laboratory scientist (MLS) and molecular biologist (MB) with the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Despite many academic accolades, she has major depressive disorder and anxiety for nearly 20 years. She publishes and speaks about her journey to many audiences.


Juanita Limas, PhD
Senior Advisor in Molecular Pharmacology, Eli Lilly & Company

Juanita Limas, Ph.D. is a Senior Advisor in Molecular Pharmacology at Eli Lilly & Company. A first-generation Mexican-American, she graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa, a MS from Barry University, and a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her experience during her PhD prompted her to write a paper on mental health in STEM that she uses as a backdrop for continued conversations about improving mental health in the STEM space.

Karen Singleton circle

Karen Singleton, PhD, Associate Medical Director and Chief, Student Mental Health and Counseling Services MIT Health

Karen is the associate medical director and chief of mental health & counseling services at MIT Medical. She is a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma, multicultural psychotherapy, and bereavement. She enjoys presenting, writing and consulting on a variety of mental health topics, particularly collegiate mental health, the impact of oppression on psychological wellbeing as well as developing multicultural competency. Karen is one of the proud recipients of the 2021 Leighton Whitaker Memorial Award for Excellence in Counseling Center Scholarship.


Additional Info

  • Presentation Date: Thursday, 06 June 2024

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