Mental Health on College Campuses: Current Issues and Challenges2019-06-21T14:43:51+00:00
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Mental Health on University Campuses: Current Issues and Challenges

International Seminar

Tuesday, October, 22 – Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Miami, FL

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This seminar is organized by a working research team from Florida International University, University Toulouse 1 Capitole -UT1C- (France), and University Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès -UT2J- (France) will be held on October 22 and 23, 2019 in Miami (FIU). This is a trilingual scientific cooperation among North America, Latin America, and Europe, and presentations will be in French, Spanish and English.  This seminar is part of an ongoing program entitled “Mental Health on University Campuses” which will be held alternately in Toulouse and Miami, and will include Buenos Aires in upcoming years.

The collaborative work among Dr. Villar, Dr Tilli and Dr Vavassori is focused on developing intercultural understandings of the topic of mental health, as it offers opportunities for dialogue from different cultural and disciplinary perspectives.  The seminar brings together diverse participants from different backgrounds to have a rich and cross-reflection of a complex issue.  This two-day multidisciplinary seminar will cover a wide range of topics related to mental health among college students.

As part of this unprecedented collaboration (between the Legal Institute of Space, Territories, Culture and Communication -UT1C-, the department of clinical psychology of the subject and the LCPI -UT2J- and the Department of Communication from FIU) will address the theme of “Mental Health on University Campuses” from different angles.  We invite you to submit your paper on the topic of: “Mental Health on University Campuses: current issues and challenges.” The idea of ​​this first meeting is to lay the groundwork for future research.

This seminar is open to the general public and designed over two days: the first day of the seminar comprises academic and professional meetings, and the second day will focus on panels and posters with student participation.  Proceedings from the seminar will be published and disseminated to participants.


This seminar is a starting point for identifying needs and strategies to raise awareness and advance policies to address mental health issues on university campuses. This complex issue deserves attention from multiple disciplines: legal, communicational and psychological.

The triangular relationship established here between communication, psychology and law reflects the way our society faces another problematic triad: the fight against social exclusion; access to mental heath services; public policies to reduce discrimination-stigmatization; respect for rights and freedoms; and improving the quality of life of the people concerned in order to help them develop their full potential.

The specific purpose of the seminar is to enhance collaboration within the university community by presenting new scientific research by practitioners and researchers.  We seek to evaluate the personal, social and economic consequences of mental health issues on academic success and well-being among students, administrative staff and faculty. The role of media and communication within the University is also a fundamental factor because of its influence and impact on the construction meaning, biases, and stereotypes.  The goal is assess the of risk factors and public perceptions in order to inform prevention, screening and intervention programs.


Papers may be in English, Spanish or French.

Abstracts must be between 2,500 – 4,000 characters (not including spaces) excluding charts, tables, and bibliography + name and email and postal addresses.

The complete texts for publication must have: 30,000 characters maximum, notes and spaces included.

Selection methods: blind evaluation by scientific committee.

Full papers submitted for he colloquium will also be evaluated prior to publication in the proceedings.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts – Aug 1, 2019

Notification of abstract acceptance – Sep 1, 2019

Submission of complete texts – Oct 10, 2019

Deadline for poster submissions – Aug 15, 2019

Notification of poster acceptance – Sep 1, 2019

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Registration fees are $100 for unaffiliated researchers and professionals and free for students and service providers.

Registration fees include lunch and coffee.

Registration begins in April 2019.

On Tuesday, October 22, the colloquium will meet on the campus of Florida International University (FIU) Modesto Maidique Campus, PCA Building, 11200 SW 8 Street, Miami, FL 33199.
On Wednesday, October 23, sessions will take place at FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Organizing Committee


Dr. Maria Elena Villar, Florida International University (USA)

Dr. Maria Ines Marino, Department of Communication, Florida International University (USA)


Dr. Nicolas Tilli, IDETCOM, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole (France)

Dr. Sébastien Saunier, IDETCOM, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole (France)

Dr. David Vavassori, LCPI, Université Toulouse 2 Jean-Jaurès (France)

Dr. Sonia Harrati, LCPI, Université Toulouse 2 Jean-Jaurès (France)

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