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Student Mental Health Service

The Student Mental Health Service provides evaluation and treatment to medical, dental and graduate students of the University of Connecticut. While stress management is often a focus of treatment students are seen for a variety of other issues. If you’re having a problem, we would like to help you solve it.


Counseling services are provided by Debra Johnson, A.P.R.N. When Deb is away, care is provided by Elizabeth Robinson, L.M.F.T., C.E.A.P., in Employee Health Services. Liz can be reached at 860-679-3098.


Referrals from your primary care clinician are not necessary to make an appointment with Deb Johnson. Students may contact her through email dvjohnson@uchc.edu or directly by phone at 860-679-5435. Appointments are often available within 24 hours of your call.

Appointment Hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12 to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 to 8 p.m.

Office Location
The Exchange
270 Farmington Avenue
Building 3, 2nd Floor, Suite 262
Farmington, CT 06030-6210

Before 5 p.m. enter through Building 2. Take the entrance for the UConn Rehabilitation Department and you will see an elevator to the second floor. Enter through Occupational Medicine/Employee Health. Please wait in the waiting room for Occupational Medicine/Employee Health.

After 5 p.m. the building is locked so enter through Building 3. Take the elevator to the second floor and ring the doorbell for Suite 262. (There are two entrances to the department. If you don’t see the bell, walk to the other door.) 


Comprehensive outpatient care for a wide variety of mental health concerns such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating
  • Sexual relationships
  • Stress
  • Crisis management
  • Transitional issues
  • Grief

Counseling services provided include:

  • Stress management
  • Individual counseling
  • Medication management
  • Peer support services

For issues with alcohol and drug abuse, the CHIPS (Confidential Help and Information for Professional Students) Program is available:

  • Education and increased awareness of substance abuse.
  • Free and confidential evaluation is available with access to treatment resources which are usually covered with a copay by insurance or via the Employee Assistance Program.
  • If you are having an emergency, urgent care is provided by the John Dempsey Hospital resident on call.
  • For more information, visit http://chips.uchc.edu.


The service is free. There is no co-pay and you do not need to use your insurance.


Your medical information is private and can only be shared with others if you give written permission. No insurance is required and no co-pay is taken. Nothing is put into your medical records.


Kripalu is a yoga health and wellness retreat center in the Berkshires. Students are invited to attend for a week and enjoy the benefits of meditation and whole foods.

Relaxation and Meditation Resources

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263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1829
Phone: 860-679-2986  Fax: 860-679-1237
Email: francini@nso2.uchc.edu