The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chandler to be Featured Conference Speaker about Building Resilience

Sep 19, 2019

Professor Ginny Chandler, PhD will share her passion for helping others build resilience as the featured speaker at several upcoming conferences.

  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association Conference, Oct 1-5, 2019 in New Orleans, LA, with Kris Lambert, on Building Nursing Student Resilience: Changing Minds, Changing Lives, An Innovative Program to Build Resilience in College-Aged Students in the Increasingly Challenging Collegiate Environment.
  • Academic Impressions conference: Integrating Academic and Co-Curricular Resilience Programs on Your Campus,  with Jim HellingDecember 12-13, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Attendees will include directors of counseling centers, health and wellness educators, faculty, academic leaders, student affairs leaders and athletic directors.
  • APPLE Training Institute conferences with Jim Helling: January 17-19, 2020 in Charlottesville, VA and January 24-26, 2020 in Southern California. The APPLE Training Institute, sponsored by the NCAA Sport Science Institute and the University of Virginia Gordie Center, offers national training institutes for student-athletes, athletics administrators and campus partners on the topics of substance abuse prevention and health promotion of college athletes. 

Dr. Chandler's presentations will focus on the highly-regarded Changing Minds, Changing Lives resilience program, which she has offered to UMass Amherst football players since 2017, funded by an NCAA grant (2017-2018) and Public Service Community Endowment Grant with Springfield Central High School, (2017-2018). CMCL is a 5-week,10-session strengths-based course that includes mindfulness training, yoga postures, research presentations and a reflective writing practice. Each class builds on student resilience, invites authentic voice, promotes leadership capacity and facilitates belonging, all attributes for persistence and success in college. CMCL works to help young adults build on their strengths, interrupt the effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) on health risk behaviors and manage stress to facilitate well-being. CMCL has been found to be an effective psychosocial wellness promotion intervention for student-athletes in the transition to college and beyond, and has been adopted by the NCAA for dissemination to its member schools.

In addition to these upcoming events, Dr. Chandler shares her research on resilience in recent presentations and publications:

  • Academic Impressions national webinar, Uncovering resilience in students with mental health concerns
  • Featured at the 2019 Northeast Regional Association of Applied Sport Psychology Conference , Springfield College, Changing minds, changing lives: Fostering resilience among elite college students
  • 2019 Assembly for Expanded Perspectives in Learning of the National Council of English Teachers in Estes Park, CO."
  • Helling, J. & Chandler, G. (2019). Meeting the psychological growth and health needs of Black college students and athletes: Culture, resonance and resilience. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.9,1-29.
  • Accepted for publication in the Journal of American Psychiatric Nursing. Chandler, G. Kalmakis, K., Chiodo, L. & Helling, J. (2019). Changing minds, changing lives: A resilience intervention for freshman student athletes


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