What is MindWell?

MindWell brings together and shares information about psychological, subjective, and spiritual well-being, helping our community engage in experiences to promote fulfillment, creativity, personal relationships, and community engagement.

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MindWell Leadership

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Robert Bilder, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, MindWell Co-Leader

Dr. Robert Bilder is the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Chief of Psychology at UCLA’s Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Stewart & Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and Director of the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity. His research has focused on the links between brain and behavior, using tools spanning genetics, neuroimaging, cognitive and other assessments of human behavior.  He is particularly interested in studying dimensions of brain function to help eliminate artificial boundaries between mental illnesses, between health and disease, and between the brain mechanisms involved in exceptional and everyday creativity. Recently he has been engaged in the NIMH Research Domains Criteria initiative, examining reward circuits in the brain, and launched a National Neuropsychology Network with support from NIMH to share knowledge about assessments of brain functions.  In 2020 he launched a National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab that aims to develop an Arts Impact Measurement System. He also co-directs the MindWell pod within the Healthy Campus Initiative to concentrate on how we can support resilience, well-being and creative achievement at UCLA and beyond

Nicole Presley Green Ph.D, Ed.M

Nicole Presley Green, Ph.D., Ed.M, MindWell Co-Leader

Dr. Nicole Green currently serves as the Executive Director of UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) program, which provides sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention and advocacy services, and the Resilience In your Student Experience (RISE) Center, which provides mental health and well-being education and prevention services for students. Dr. Green is a counseling psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern California. She received her Ed.M. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and her BA in Psychology from UCLA.  Her areas of interest include student resilience and academic success, particularly among students of color, African American family issues, and sexual assault, and intimate partner violence issues. Dr. Green is actively involved in the Organization of California Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education (OCCDHE), the Association of University of College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) and Southern California Association of Black Psychologists (SCABPsi). Dr. Green is the recipient of the Minority Fellowship Program Award from the American Psychological Association.

Maria Juaquina Garibay, MindWell Student Researcher

Maria Garibay is a first-generation, fourth-year Sociology major and Global Health minor. Her involvement in Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center has been fueled by her own personal relationship and experience with mental health. After graduation, Maria plans to attend graduate school in hopes to pursue a career, where she can continue to make a difference and be a resource to her community. 

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Marissa Hong, MindWell Blogger

Marissa Hong is a third-year Art major and Visual and Performing Arts Education minor. She is greatly interested in the connection between art, healing, and health. Through her role with Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center, Marissa hopes to extend her knowledge of mental health and provide insight to those in need. In the future, she plans on pursuing a master’s program in art therapy or education.