Institutions of higher education enroll more students with mental health problems today than ever before. An American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (2006) survey of more than 94,000 students and 123 postsecondary institutions revealed that more than half of the students reported feeling hopeless in the past year, more than 35 percent reported feeling so depressed that they could not function three or more times a year, and nearly 10 percent reported seriously considering suicide in the previous year. Meanwhile, an estimated 1,088 suicides occur among college students each year (National Mental Health Association [NMHA] & The Jed Foundation [JED], 2002).
Keith Light, Ed.D., Associate Director of Admission at Brown University, has spent 22 years in higher education advising student from a range of positions held at Stanford University, Harvard University, Princeton University, and Brown University, including a service as an Assistant Dean of Freshmen at Harvard University. Keith also spent a year as director of guidance at a London high school. Keith received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University.  


Scott Strader, Ph.D., Director, Eckerd College Counseling Services. Scott obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  He has been licensed as a psychologist in Florida since 1995. His pre-doctoral internship was completed at the Ball State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center. He received his BA degree in psychology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. He has worked extensively in community mental health settings with clients of all ages. His clinical interests include solutions-focused psychotherapy, working with gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender / questioning individuals, multicultural psychology, and outcome measurements in psychotherapy.


George Slavich, Ph.D., is a Society in Science: Branco Weiss Fellow and an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology and Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology and communication at Stanford University, and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. He was subsequently a clinical psychology intern at McLean Hospital and a clinical fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In 2004 he became the first recipient of the coveted Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award. Dr. Slavich serves also as Today College Tour’s Director of Research.


Wayne Ehrisman, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UTHSCSA, and Chief Psychologist, Southwest Mental Health Center. Dr. Ehrisman`s major professional teaching activities are in the areas of psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychodiagnostics and psychopathology - with adults and children. He has special interests in the application of contemporary psychoanalytic theory to the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of disorders, and in inpatient psychiatric treatment of children. Dr. Ehrisman is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology.


Jarrod Reisweber, Psy.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at the Psychopathology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, supervised by Aaron Beck, M.D. As a lead researcher in an American Council of Education sponsored project that investigated the impact of a cultural awareness curriculum on international and national students at James Madison University, Dr. Reisweber worked extensively on systemic interventions targeting high school and college students. Dr. Reisweber is also a published author on consultation and an international presenter on topics that include anger reduction and suicide prevention programs in schools. Dr. Reisweber serves as Today College Tour’s Co-Director of Research.


Virginia Garay, M.D., University of Texas Health Sciences Center.


Christopher J. Cutter, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale School of Medicine.  He completed a clinical psychology internship at the prestigious McLean Hospital and has also been a clinical fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cutter currently serves as an MRU Component Director, Department of Internal Medicine, at the Yale School of Medicine, as well as President, APA Division 12, Section 10.


Sean Sullivan, Psy.D., is the Executive Director of Today College Tour. Dr. Sullivan received a A.B from Harvard University. He subsequently focused his doctoral coursework in clinical psychology on the application of process and outcome research in psychotherapy as well as on the application of technology to psychological intervention. Dr. Sullivan oversaw the operation of several start up internet-based companies prior to completing a residency in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology, and is a Past-President of the Society’s Early Career Psychologists. Dr. Sullivan has also practiced extensively in university counseling center settings. 


Sean dedicates “today” to unyielding men and women living courageously; unearthing, navigating and pursuing intimate inner lives, honoring the depths of being human.