Harry Rockland-Miller, staff psychologist and director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), is retiring this month after 21 years with the university.
The campus community is invited to a reception in his honor on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 4-6 p.m. in the Amherst Room, Campus Center.
Much of Rockland-Miller’s 35-year career has focused on working with students in a university setting. During his time at UMass Amherst, he has worked consistently on issues of access to counseling services, infusion of dialogue concerning emotional issues across campus, and increasing prevention approaches. Campus counseling has grown dramatically under his leadership; CCPH is now a central campus presence, with 10 percent of students seen by a provider last year.
As a key player in the evolution of a coordinated campus crisis response, he initiated or co-initiated many of the key response structures now in place on campus, including introduction of a clinical triage system that became a national model for large university counseling services.
He was a change agent during his 16 years as associate director of University Health Services, and in 2014 he assumed additional leadership responsibilities as director of the Center for Health Promotion, where he has worked toward increasing integration of wellness approaches across the system.
Rockland-Miller and Enku Gelaye, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life, co-founded UMatter@UMass, a key campus-wide prevention program that calls upon members of the community to actively engage in caring for each other through community, connection and active bystandership.
Gelaye said, “During his illustrative career and his tenure at the university, Dr. Rockland-Miller has developed a deep understanding of the complexities of our student population and the challenges they may encounter in their efforts to assimilate into a residential university environment. His passionate commitment to our students and his unwavering optimism that each one has the potential to realize their individual sense of wellbeing is both inspiring and reassuring.”
Rockland-Miller is beginning a new chapter in his life as a consultant focused on college and university behavioral health issues, teaching, and training clinicians on suicide prevention and intervention.
The university has announced that Melissa Rotkiewicz and Linda D. Scott are serving as interim co-directors of CCPH.