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Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education

Advisor(s)

Noorjehan Brantmeier

Diane Wilcox

Michael Stoloff

Abstract

This study identified the relationship between college professor knowledge of mental illness, their ability to identify mental illness, and assist students exhibiting symptoms of mental health distress. The study utilized an explanatory mixed method research design and combined an initial faculty survey and with follow-up interviews. The design allowed for a deep examination of the research questions and helped identify the current needs of JMU professors. The study found that faculty felt ill prepared to identify and refer students to mental health resources. Other findings suggested that the majority of respondents were willing to participate in mental health training, yet do not currently attended the training programs provided due to lack of time. The results of this research point to the need to create more accessible training programs, provide faculty with training opportunities so they can better understand mental illness, and create a systematic approach to support students with mental illness in the classrooms.

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