Counseling and Student Wellness

Supporting your transition to, and your journey through, graduate school.

"Let’s Talk" and other Mental Health Resources

Your well-being is our priority.

Graduate students experience the normal stresses and strains of everyday life - losses, disappointments, conflicts. But because of their graduate status, they can experience additional stresses. We’ve developed these guidelines and services to help prepare graduate students for some of the predictable and common stresses that they face. More information, including how to contact a counselor, is available by following the relevant link below. In the case of an emergency, please dial 911

“Let’s Talk”, informal consultation, is on Thursdays from 10am-11am as indicated on Dana Simons is our counsellor dedicated just to graduate students, You can access Dana for "Let's Talk" during those hours either in-person in CABM Room 240, 679 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, or by Zoom by clicking here, or by phone at 848-932-7884, option 2.  Conversations with experienced CAPS counselors are private and confidential. If that date and time frame don’t work for you, you can call Dana and leave a message using the number above or go to any of the other ”Let’s Talk” sessions which you can see here. Here are FAQs about “Let’s Talk”

Do Something to Help

If you are concerned about the mental or physical health of a student or have viewed an incident of bias or harassment, you can report it anonymously on the Do Something to Help Rutgers website.


Services and Programs

With a commitment to the mental health of our graduate students, we offer a wide range of services and resources on and off campus.


Counseling services help students understand and change behaviors or situations that are problematic in their lives. Most students come to counseling when their usual ways of coping aren’t working well. We offer a variety of services, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Workshops and educational programs
  • Referral to specialists in the community
  • Consultation and collaboration with campus partners.

Connect with a counselor

Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Counseling, ADAP and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is part of Rutgers Student Health. CAPS is staffed by psychologists, drug and alcohol counselors, psychiatrists, social workers, and select graduate students in training. Services are free for students.

New Brunswick/Piscataway:

All Ph.D. students

Masters of Biomedical Science and Clinical and Translational Science students

Other Master’s students


Rutgers Mental Health Clinics

Rutgers operates mental health clinics available to graduate students and the surrounding community. These include:


  • Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  • Couples Clinic
  • Tourette Syndrome Clinic
  • Psychological Services Clinic


Learn more about accessing the clinics

For Biomedical and Health Science Campus Students

All Ph.D. and Masters students at Newark campus, and Masters and MBS students at Biomedical Health Science New Brunswick | Piscataway campus use the Student Wellness Program which is an outpatient treatment facility for medical, dental, and graduate students in need of psychiatric help. The service is not available to student's dependents. Dependents may, however, be seen in consultation. Treatment here refers primarily to relatively short-term restorative intervention in problems that may have arisen during a student's stay in school, and not to long-term, in-depth psychotherapy. When it is necessary to have further therapy on a long-term basis, the student will be referred to private care.

Visit here for further information

Come Talk With Us

Should you have questions or concerns about yourself or a friend who may need help, you are also welcome to contact Barbara Bender, 848-932-7747, Janet Alder, 732-235-5392, or Nadine Stevens, 973-972-4511 (Newark), at the Office of the Dean of the School