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Responding to Student Mental Health and Well-being during COVID-19

 Responding to Student Mental Health and Well-being during COVID-19

Meet the Experts

Allen O’Barr is a psychiatrist and the director of CAPS, and has worked at UNC-CH for almost 25 years. Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Dr. O’Barr graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Wake Forest and his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree with honors from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his residency in Psychiatry and his fellowship in Psychiatric Hospital Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. O’Barr is a student centered practitioner who receives great joy in helping students overcome and succeed when struggling with mental health needs.  His  professional interests include emergency psychiatry, addiction, and ecopsychology, as well as the understanding and addressing the specific impacts of health disparities for underserved students, and the various economic, political and related environmental determinants that can create those disparities.

Dean Blackburn is the director of Student Wellness, and has worked in Student Affairs at Carolina for over 20 years.  He is a NC local who completed his undergraduate degree with honors at Elon University, and his graduate studies at Duke University, and continues to be a ‘student for life’ by reading ferociously on as many topics as possible.  He enjoys working with students, staff, faculty, alum, parents, and community partners to create an atmosphere that promotes students’ healthy decision making and overall wellbeing for students.  Dean is interested in the intersections of identity, culture, education, politics, and economics as they impact the health outcomes and access to wellness for all students.  He believes that breaking down barriers, developing coalitions, and advocating for equitable access is primary to ensuring every student has the necessary resources to be both healthy and whole, as well as personally and academically successful at Carolina and beyond. 

Meet the Moderator

Zack Hawkins serves as Director of Development for Student Affairs at Carolina and is proud to help to raise dollars for critical programs and services that help our staff meet the needs of our outstanding students.

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