Campus Life is launching Emory’s Center for Student Wellbeing this fall to serve as the focal point for the university’s culture of wellbeing and the hub for holistic health promotion, prevention, education, and coaching for all students.

Building on Emory’s existing commitment to student physical and emotional health and overall wellbeing, the Center for Student Wellbeing represents an expansion and rebranding of the former Office of Health Promotion. Moving forward, the center will deliver prevention education, provide peer health leadership opportunities, and deploy community wellbeing strategies. Signature programs and services will include wellbeing coaching, mindfulness practice, alcohol and other drug prevention, suicide prevention, sexual health promotion, bystander intervention, wellbeing assessment, and a variety of other wellbeing practice opportunities.

“The Center for Student Wellbeing will lead our community-level approach with a holistic focus on the entire student experience,” said James Raper, Campus Life’s associate vice president for Health, Wellbeing, Access, and Prevention.

“Our expanded approach reflects the eight intersecting dimensions of wellbeing that we are embracing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, professional, relational, and spiritual. This deepened commitment will allow us to create even more opportunities for all Emory students to flourish,” Raper added.

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Emory has named Megan G. Brown to the inaugural role of executive director of the Center for Student Wellbeing. Brown brings 25 years of experience in student counseling and student wellbeing in higher education. She will be an integral member of the health and wellbeing leadership team and report to Raper.

Brown will serve as a campus content expert in her advocacy for student wellbeing, leading a team of wellbeing professionals and championing policies, programs, and services that help students develop healthy behaviors and cultivate lifelong wellbeing.

  

Best match for new leadership role

“Megan emerged from our highly competitive national search as clearly the best match for the inaugural role of executive director of Emory’s Center for Student Wellbeing – and we are delighted she is joining our team,” said Raper, stating his expectation that Brown will play a key role in advancing Emory’s commitment to and investment in the wellbeing of all its students.

“We are seeking to create generational change in the wellbeing of students, and we will need our colleagues from every corner of campus to join in this work. Megan has a long history of bringing people together, and I’m thrilled she’ll be joining us in this work. Her leadership of the center and strong relationship skills will allow her to work effectively across our communities,” Raper added.

Expressing appreciation for Emory’s leadership in advancing student wellbeing, Brown praised the work that her new Campus Life colleagues are already engaged in.

“Emory is doing something exceptional. There aren't many universities in the country that have made this kind of bold commitment to student flourishing,” she said. “Emory is becoming a leader in this work. I am excited by the university’s vision, and I look forward to joining this talented team and partnering across campus to make that vision a reality.”

 

More than two decades of relevant experience

Most recently, Brown served as the director of the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being at the University of Notre Dame and led a grant from the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions. She was also the Division of Student Affairs’ strategic and programmatic leader for Health Promotion and advised the Student Health and Wellness leadership team. Brown’s responsibilities included implementing and analyzing wellbeing assessments to inform strategic planning and decision-making, as well as cultivating collaborative campus partnerships.

Earlier in her career, Brown served as a staff psychologist at the Notre Dame University Counseling Center and as Life Achievement Coach with the university’s Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program. Before joining Notre Dame, she was a counseling psychologist with the Student Health and Counseling Center for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Brown earned her PhD in counseling psychology, master’s in community counseling, and bachelor’s in psychology at Andrews University. She holds a variety of professional certifications, as well as memberships and affiliations in a range of professional associations related to wellbeing, psychology, and student affairs.

Brown loves to travel, read, spend time in nature, make music, play board games, and do all the above with friends and family. You can welcome Megan at megan.gail.brown@emory.edu.