Counseling and Wellness

  • We recognize that you, as a medical or graduate student, face a challenging curriculum with rigorous training required to prepare you for the demands of a career in medicine or biosciences.

    Your emotional wellness and mental health is a priority for our faculty, administration and staff.

    In the ongoing effort to meet your needs, we've created a multifaceted approach to mental health, wellness and academic support. We encourage you to take advantage of these services, secure in the knowledge that counseling referrals and sessions are confidential and are not recorded in your file.

    Our counseling and wellness services include:

    • Two full-time psychologists available for individual, couples and group therapy
    • 24/7 off-campus emergency psychiatric and counseling services
    • The New Directions program, a free and confidential counseling service available to you and your family
      • Contact New Directions directly at (913) 982-8398 or
    • An anonymous, online open door portal
    • Continuous monitoring of academic performance by a committee of psychologists, learning specialists, student services specialists, academic specialists and advisors. This committee tracks and trends student academic performance and provides counseling and tutoring interventions to help struggling students 
    • Faculty advisors
    • A non-faculty contract psychiatrist 
    • Student big brother/big sister advisers
    • Panels for you and your spouse/significant other on how to transition and cope with medical school
    • A wellness week, including programs in mindfulness, emotional wellness and nutrition
    • Wellness seminars offered throughout the semester, including classes in stress reduction, coping skills and test anxiety
    • Intramural activities and a student gym to promote wellness


    James Dugan, PhD
    Director of Counseling and Support Services
    Office: 816-654-7219
    Smith Hall 320

    Beth Epley, PsyD
    Office: 816-654-7223
    Smith Hall 307|

    Dr. Dugan and Dr. Epley are licensed counselors who are bound by confidentiality standards set by their licensing organization(s).