Wellbeing and Mental Health

2016 ~ Present | Center for Engineering Education Diversity (CEED); Women in Engineering (WIE); College of Engineering; the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology (WST).


Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness but the presence of meaning, engagement, and other factors that characterize a good life. The goal of this VIP team is to conduct psychological research on factors that link to wellbeing and mental health in adulthood and old age. We emphasize how theories can be applied to study optimal development and individual adaptation to life circumstances. Specifically, students will work in groups to complete a research project, from conceptualizing concepts related to wellbeing and mental health, operationalizing the concepts, to analyzing data and writing up a report. Students will have opportunities to work with the instructor and submit their group work to local or national conferences.   


Issues Involved or Addressed

We will learn how young, middle-aged, and older adults lead their lives and adapt to life transitions and challenges. We will discuss factors that link to mental health and wellbeing. Example topics include emotional experience, thinking processes that people use to adapt to life circumstances, and individual and sociocultural factors that shape wellbeing and mental health.   


Methods and Technologies

  • Cross-sectional surveys
  • Content Analysis
  • Experience Sampling
  • Qualitative Interviews
  • Machine Learning

Academic Majors of Interest

  • ComputingAlgorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization
  • ComputingAnalytics
  • ComputingHuman-Centered Computing
  • ComputingHuman-Computer Interaction
  • DesignArchitectural Technology
  • DesignArchitecture
  • DesignCity and Regional Planning
  • DesignGeographic Information Science and Technology
  • DesignIndustrial Design
  • DesignMusic Technology
  • DesignUrban Design
  • EngineeringAerospace Engineering
  • EngineeringApplied Systems Engineering
  • EngineeringBioengineering
  • EngineeringBioinformatics
  • EngineeringBiomedical Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • EngineeringCivil Engineering
  • EngineeringComputer Engineering
  • EngineeringElectrical Engineering
  • EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • EngineeringHealth Systems
  • EngineeringIndustrial Engineering
  • EngineeringInternational Logistics
  • EngineeringMachine Learning
  • EngineeringMaterials Science and Engineering
  • EngineeringMechanical Engineering
  • EngineeringMedical Physics
  • EngineeringRobotics
  • Ivan AllenApplied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Ivan AllenChinese
  • Ivan AllenDigital Media
  • Ivan AllenEconomics
  • Ivan AllenEconomics and International Affairs
  • Ivan AllenFrench
  • Ivan AllenGerman
  • Ivan AllenGlobal Economics and Modern Languages
  • Ivan AllenGlobal Media and Cultures
  • Ivan AllenHistory, Technology, and Society
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs and Modern Languages
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • Ivan AllenJapanese
  • Ivan AllenKorean
  • Ivan AllenLiterature, Media, and Communication
  • Ivan AllenPublic Policy
  • Ivan AllenSpanish
  • Online MastersAnalytics synchronous
  • OtherEducation
  • OtherEntrepreneurship
  • SciencesApplied Physics
  • SciencesApplied Physiology
  • SciencesBiochemistry
  • SciencesBiology
  • SciencesChemistry
  • SciencesEarth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • SciencesMathematics
  • SciencesNeuroscience
  • SciencesPhysics
  • SciencesPsychology
  • SciencesStatistics

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Open to all students interested in social science research.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
161 JS Coon
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman
Dr. Tansu Celikel
  • Psychology

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Center for Engineering Education Diversity (CEED); Women in Engineering (WIE); College of Engineering; the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology (WST).