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Psychological Consultation Services for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Graduate students and postdocs have access to psychological consultation services to address a variety of issues that impact mental health and performance. These include but are not limited to working in high pressure settings, balancing devotion to academic work with personal and family commitments and self-care, maintaining resilience, navigating conflicts, and managing performance anxiety. Individual and group sessions are available. In addition to offering services on campus, we can assist with identifying other resources on-campus and in the surrounding community to meet your particular need.

Available Services

Graduate Students

Graduate students are eligible for the full range of services offered through the Office of Student Care Coordination.  This office provide access to services of the Student Care Network.  The Student Care Network is a holistic network of services and resources pertaining to health and wellness available to all Vanderbilt University students.  Detailed information regarding the services can be found on their website.  Depending on your assessed needs, you will be referred by a Student Care Coordinator to the best resources to meet your needs.

At Vanderbilt, we are committed to helping you, our students, navigate and grow through the rigor of graduate education. We are a community, not just siloed groups. As such, our faculty are committed to helping all trainees, not just those in their own research programs. To extend this commitment, we have assembled a team of faculty to serve as auxiliary mentors for second year students and beyond. Vanderbilt’s auxiliary mentors are willing to provide students with their perspective on academic and professional matters. Students who have completed their first year of graduate study can select an auxiliary mentor(s).

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows and Trainees are encouraged to seek help through either the Graduate Life Coach or through the Postdoc Wellness Program of the Work/Life Connections-Employee Assistance Program (EAP).    For an overview of both resources, please visit the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs’ health and wellness site.

Postdoc wellness resources are open to the following postdocs:

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Research (VU)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Trainee (VU)
  • Research Fellow (VUMC)
  • Research Fellow Trainee (VUMC)


Protecting your privacy is of utmost importance. This means that information about you will not be disclosed to anyone (i.e., faculty, advisor, PI, administrator, family) unless you specifically authorize disclosure of information through a written release of information. All records of services received are held in confidence consistent with applicable federal and state laws. It is important to note that there are limits to confidentiality, which include danger to yourself, danger to others, information about current or suspected child/elder abuse, a lack of capacity to care for yourself, or a valid court order/subpoena.

Crisis Resources

For urgent psychiatric concerns, call either the Crisis Line at (615) 244-7444 or RESPOND (Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital) at (615) 327-7000, or go to the nearest emergency room. Non-urgent matters may be addressed through the resources listed above.