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Reducing barriers to care: UCLA counseling for athletics program

When: 3/22/2017
12- 1:00 PM
Where: UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services
221 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California  90095
United States
Contact: Sari Shepphird, Ph.D.

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Topic: Reducing barriers to care: UCLA counseling for athletics program


Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm Presentation followed at 1:00-1:30 PM by a tour of counseling center and athletics facilities

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services

John Wooden West

Los Angeles, California


Melinda V. Kirschner, Ph.D., M.S.W., Director of UCLA CAPS Program

David Taylor, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist, UCLA


Brief description of presentation:


UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services has, in the last 4 years, established satellite services for student athletes. This presentation will address the rationale for establishing these services and review the UCLA CAPS for Athletics Program. The culture of campus groups that contribute to low utilization rates will be discussed in addition to how UCLA CAPS has collaborated with campus partners in athletics to affect change with regard to the culture surrounding mental health concerns and address barriers to utilization. The use of satellite services to provide both culturally responsive care to these specific student populations as well as the use of a social-ecological model of prevention to address the needs of these populations beyond direct care will be highlighted. Barriers to establishing satellite services will be addressed as well as ways of overcoming these challenges by strengthening campus partnerships to provide an integrated model of care.


Learning Objectives:

1. To understand the rationale for establishing satellite services for student athletes and review the UCLA CAPS for Athletics program.

2. To present a model of how satellite clinics are designed and implemented, including challenges and rates of utilization

3. To understand how satellite services facilitate effective relationships with campus partners to facilitate referrals to and utilization of campus mental health services.



Melinda Kirschner, Ph.D.

Dr. Kirschner serves as the Athletics Program Coordinator and Eating Disorder Lead Psychologist at UCLA CAPS.  She also coordinates the Student Athlete Mentors program.  Dr. Kirschner received her B.A. from Georgetown University and obtained her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Hawaii prior to earning her doctorate degree in clinical psychology.  Her areas of interest include working with student athletes, disordered eating and body image, substance use, and family and relational concerns. 


David Taylor, M.D.

Dr. Taylor is a board-certified psychiatrist who received his medical degree from the George Washington University. He completed his psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at New York University. Dr. Taylor’s clinical interests include adult psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, the intersection of psychiatry and the law, and working with student athletes.

parking information for March:

UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services

221 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095


The best parking structures are parking lot 4 and 7.  Those are closest and I believe you can do a pay by space.  There is a kiosk at parking lot 4 if anyone has questions.

Please RSVP to Sari Shepphird, PhD at drshepp@msn.com


Sari Shepphird, Ph.D.
Clinical, Sport, and Performance Psychology
Calabasas, Ca. 



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