Results & Implications from Two Randomized Controlled Trials: Supporting College Students with Psychiatric Conditions

Abstract
This presentation will review the results from two studies being conducted at Rutgers’ that are aimed to support college students with psychiatric conditions. Substantial discussion will focus on the large multi-site RCT where mobile, community-based SEd services were provided to college students. Participants were followed for up to two years; results will focus on academic progress, barriers, supports, and services by group as well as by age group.  Additionally, an overview of the manualized intervention used in the cognitive remediation study for college students with psychiatric conditions will be described.  Preliminary results will be presented and implications for cognitive remediation among this population will be described.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1) describe the interventions used in the Rutgers’ studies of SEd
2) discuss the results as it relates to future support for college students with mental health conditions
3) describe additional SEd research questions

Presenter
Michelle G. Mullen is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at Rutgers University.  Professor Mullen is currently leading nine research and developmental projects evaluating the effectiveness of various interventions for college students with psychiatric conditions. Her current studies focus on a cognitive remediation intervention for college students as well as evaluating the services that are effective for young people to develop meaningful, long-term careers. Professor Mullen is co-principal investigator of the first, true RCT study of the mobile model of Supported Education. She is also the PI on a study that seeks to evaluate attitudes toward students with psychiatric disabilities in a health professions university.  In addition to conducting research, Professor Mullen has provided SEd, developed and overseen programs in the US, and currently provides technical assistance and training throughout the US.