BRET Psychological Services are available for the School of Medicine postdoctoral research fellows and graduate students. These services are coordinated by Mistie Germek, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who has a background in providing clinical services, teaching, and conducting research in diverse university settings. Her background as a researcher, academician, and clinician enables her to assist postdoctoral research fellows and graduate students with stressors (i.e., academic, research, relational, financial, cultural) that inevitably occur during graduate and postdoctoral training.
Mistie has been trained to help graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows work through various issues related to academic and lab concerns, time management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, culture shock, addictions, and relationship problems with a significant other/peer/advisor/professor/PI. A unique feature of these services is that they are provided specifically for School of Medicine graduate students and postdoctoral fellows within their work and study environment. These services are provided at no cost to the individual.
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 Vanderbilt’s Psychological and Counseling Center at (615) 322-2571 or through VU Human Resources Work-Life Connections at (615) 936-1327.
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.
Contact and Location
Mistie can be reached at (615) 875-2228, firstname.lastname@example.org, or in the Zerfoss Student Health Center, 4th floor, room SS 4401F, which is an office that provides privacy and assures confidentiality. Please email or call if you would like to schedule a time to meet.