Introductory Videos for New Students

Welcome to USC!

The series of videos below will provide you with important information about getting started with USC Student Health (medical, counseling and mental health, immunizations, insurance) as well as important considerations and information related to Covid-19 for Fall 2020.

Overview and Welcome from USC Student Health Leadership (for All New Students and their Families) —26 minutes

Broderick Leaks and Sarah Van OrmanChief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman MD (Division Chief of College Health, Keck School of Medicine of USC), and Director of Counseling and Mental Health Services, Broderick Leaks PhD (of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services, Keck School of Medicine of USC) provide an overview of services, advice for families of incoming students, and an update on Covid-19 preparation for Fall 2020. 

For New International Students: Counseling and Mental Health —8 minutes

Alice Phang and Jennifer HsiaMeet Alice Phang PhD and Jennifer Hsia PhD, licensed professional clinicians in Counseling and Mental Health Services and faculty of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Learn about special support resources for international students who are navigating a new country in addition to starting a new academic journey. 

Eric Cohen Student Health Center: Care for HSC Students —10 minutes

Summer ZapataKimberly TilleyBobby CongMeet the team from the Eric Cohen Student Health Center, the HSC location of USC Student Health. Summer Zapata PsyD from Counseling and Mental Health Services (also faculty of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Keck School of Medicine of USC), Kimberly Tilley MD, co-medical director, and Bobby Cong, Program Administrator, explain services, onboarding, immunizations, and more. For students in the health professions degree programs on the USC Health Sciences Campus. 

Navigating the First Year As a College Student: Decisions, Support, and Norms —5 minutes

Oliver Tacto and Dani GonzalesLearn about the landscape of the first year in college, from social settings and experiences, encounters with alcohol and other drugs, and resources to help new students successfully navigate their way into campus life. With Oliver Tacto, DSW, from the Health Promotion Strategy team, and Dani Gonzales PsyD of Counseling and Mental Health Services (also faculty of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Keck School of Medicine of USC).

Welcome to LGBT New Students —5 minutes

Mary Weber abd Patty PinanongFeaturing the liaison to the LGBT Center, Mary Weber LMFT, (from Counseling and Mental Health Services, and faculty of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Keck School of Medicine of USC) and Patty Pinanong MD (physician, USC Student Health, and faculty in the Keck School of Medicine of USC), students are encouraged to get to know the counseling and medical support services available to students in the LGBT community. Welcome to USC Student Health!

The First Year of College: Parents as Support Partners —30 minutes

Brend Ingram and Kelly GrecoFor parents of new USC undergraduates. Meet experts who can guide parents in having important conversations about risks, consent, healthy relationships, emotional and mental health challenges, and resiliency—especially in the critical first 6 weeks of the undergraduate experience. Featuring Brenda Ingram EdD LCSW, the Director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services; and Kelly Greco PsyD, Assistant Director for Outreach, Counseling and Mental Health Services. Both experts are faculty in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

A Culture that C.A.R.E.S.14 minutes

Kelly Greco and Thu Nguyen-KnowlesAt USC Student Health, the patient-centered approach from the team involves the principles of the C.A.R.E.S. model—connect, ask, repeat, and exit strong. This informational session provides answers to common questions from families about access hours, TeleHealth, urgent medical and mental health and after hours care, connecting on patient quality of care matters, working with the providers with respect to patient privacy, and other questions. With the Executive Director of Clinical Operations, Thu Nguyen-Knowles MSN, RN, and Assistant Director of Outreach for Counseling and Mental Health Services Kelly Greco, PsyD, also of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Health and Well-being Advice from USC Senior Year Students —8 minutes

Camron G. and Thu A.Wondering what the next four years might be like? How can Student Health programs help support you during your undergraduate years? Two USC seniors, Camron and Thu, share advice on majors, finding help from Student Health, best places to relax on campus, and more.

Graduate Students: Challenges and Support14 minutes

Summer Zapata and Brenda IngramGraduate students pursuing their next level of professional development may face pressures and situations that are unique in the university environment. Hear from Summer Zapata, PsyD, assistant director of graduate student services in Counseling and Mental Health Services, and Brenda Ingram, EdD LCSW, director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services as they discuss mental health, group therapy support for graduate students, resources to help navigate sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and other obstacles to success in graduate school. Both speakers are faculty in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine of USC.