Health & Wellness
Office of Student Wellness
The Office of Student Wellness (OSW) provides integrated wellness programs, services, and resources to the Boston Health Sciences students at Tufts University. The Student Wellness team works with all students to offer practical approaches to manage everyday stresses and life challenges.
The Office of Student Wellness provides confidential and private advice for personal challenges and makes referrals for therapy/psychiatric care as needed for students who may need support for depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns. The OSW offers wellness opportunities that are inclusive and promotes a culture that supports the personal development and academic successes of all students. These wellness opportunities aim to foster and support the mental, physical, and emotional health of students. Prevention is the cornerstone for maintaining optimal health and is part of OSW’s holistic approach to health and wellness.
The Student Wellness team is made up of a trained and experienced staff that provides advice to students, and designs and implements evidence-based wellness promotion programs to improve overall health, wellness, and academic performance for all health sciences students. The Office of Student Wellness does not provide ongoing psychotherapy but helps students deal with personal issues by providing support, guidance, advice, advocacy, and referrals. The services provided are at no additional cost to matriculated students. Consultation is strictly confidential, and no information will be shared without the student’s written consent. The OSW works closely with the consulting psychiatrist, John V. Pruitt, III, MD.
Sharon (Snaggs) Gendron
Director of Student Wellness
Jennifer (Jen) Pustz
Assistant Director of Student Wellness
9:30am – 5:30pm
Monday through Friday
To schedule an appointment (in person or over Zoom or by phone) with the Office of Student Wellness click this link or send an email to email@example.com
200 Harrison Avenue
Posner Hall, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
The Office of Student Wellness cares about your holistic health and is committed to working with you to preserve the privacy of your communications with the Student Wellness team. Information will not be shared or disclosed to other staff or anyone else (without your explicit permission). However, there may be times when information needs to be shared with other staff or health care providers. Some examples include serious concern about the health or safety of you or someone else, or when the law requires the release of information. When possible, every effort will be made to consult with you and secure your permission. The Office of Student Wellness believes that transparency and mutual understanding are two critical components of a successful relationship between staff and students. You are encouraged to have a conversation with staff members about what this privacy statement means for you.
Student Wellness Advisory Committee
The Student Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC) acts as a liaison to the Student Wellness Advisor. SWAC is comprised of a diverse group of student volunteers from all programs on the Boston Health Science Campus. The mission of SWAC is to promote knowledge of the Office of Student Wellness and the scope of services, while also addressing students' wellness concerns. If you have ideas or suggestions about wellness related issues, please contact your programs' representative.
Here are your representatives
Cleo Davidowitz, School of Medicine
Jessica Jordan, School of Dental Medicine
Peyton Lessard, School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Dana McCarney, School of Medicine
Caroline Nelson, School of Dental Medicine
Hailee Schmidt, School of Medicine
Wellness Topics & Resources
Talk One2One provides confidential access to counselors both in-person and by telephone. For non-emergent issues, students can schedule an appointment with a TalkOne2One counselor by sending an email to a secure group email account: firstname.lastname@example.org. The emails will be responded to by the confidential Talk One2One team and you will receive an immediate reply requesting time preferences, etc. A personal response with your appointment time should be received within 24 business hours of your email.
Students can reach out to Talk One2One counselors at any time 24/7 by calling 1-800-756-3124 for “in the moment” support by a master’s-level licensed counselor, or can schedule a future in-person (or telephone) appointment. The in-person appointments can be scheduled with Talk One2One counselors who will be located on the Boston Campus during the following hours:
- Monday: 12pm – 7pm
- Tuesday: 8am – 3pm
- Wednesday: 12pm – 7pm
- Thursday 8am – 3pm
- Friday: 8am – 3pm
Additionally, students may be seen by Talk One2One counselors at off-campus locations that are convenient to where you live or near a clinical site that you are working at.
Talk One2One is provided by AllOne Health and is available to all matriculated School of Medicine students free of charge. This service is not intended to replace ongoing therapy or psychiatric services but is an additional resource to address short-term mental health counseling needs.
The Better Halves Club's mission is to support the spouses and partners of Tufts University School of Medicine’s MD students. The group provides programs, events, and other opportunities for members to connect, share advice and stories, meet for social events, learn about the medical journey and process, and more. If you're interested in learning more, please visit the group on Facebook.
Benefits of sleep
Adequate sleep is associated with better health in many ways, including:
- Enhanced memory, learning, and academic performance
- Healthier weight and better metabolic health
- Improved heart health
- Better immune system function
Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you feel tired during the day? Here are some helpful tips to help you learn relaxation techniques and other methods for sleeping more and sleeping better.
Chat with your Primary Care Physician
Discuss with your PCP any medical issues that may be interfering with your sleep.
Chat with the Student Wellness Advisor
The Student Wellness Advisor may be able to help you deal with feelings of stress or anxiety that may be interfering with your sleep. Call 617-636-2700 to schedule an appointment, or send an email to email@example.com.
Additional Resources and Links
Healthy Sleep Awareness Project
Sleep Education – Sleep Health & Wellness Blog