Pilot Program Will Train DGSAs to Support Graduate Student Wellness

Monday, March 1, 2021
By John Zhu - The Graduate School

A Duke pilot program will provide opportunities for director of graduate studies assistants (DGSAs) to pursue training and certification as health and wellness coaches to support graduate students.

Five DGSAs were selected for the initial cohort: Danielle Giles in Biomedical Engineering, Andrea Liu in the Medical Scientist Training Program, Rachel Lo Piccolo in Marine Science and Conservation (based at the Duke Marine Lab), Kendall Mincey in Biostatistics, and Danielle Wiggins, who supports multiple graduate programs based in the Nicholas School of the Environment.

The pilot provides funding for the selected DGSAs to participate in 10 months of training through the Duke Integrative Medicine Health Coach Training Program (IHCTP), receive peer mentoring from staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and obtain certification as health and wellness coaches.

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