Virtual Conference
Mental Health 2022

Fabiana Pinheiro Ramos

Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil

Title: Mental health of college students: Assessment and intervention


Several studies around the globe indicate that college students are in high risk to develop mental health problems than the population in general.  This probably occurs due to the requirements inherent to high education: stress caused by tests and oral presentations; many hours of study and the need to conciliate study with work; worries about academic performance, future, and career; among other aspects. Thus, is tis important to assess the student´s mental health and to provide interventions to prevent and alleviate mental health symptoms in this moment of student´s life. This presentation aims to show studies that evaluate college students´ mental health and discuss the instruments that are frequently used to do this assessment. Also, it exhibits psychological interventions target to promote mental health in general and to develop specific abilities for college students, such as empathy, social and study skills. These interventions are presented in their methodology and followed with research data that provides scientific support of its efficacy. Therefore, we hope to contribute to the implementation of psychological interventions focused on promote mental health in college


Fabiana Ramos is a psychologist and has completed her Ph.D. in 2012 at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil. She also finished her post-doctoral internship in 2020, at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). She works as a professor for more than 15 years, current as an associate professor at UFES. She works primarily with behavioral clinical interventions (individually and in a group) with several populations, especially college students. She published articles and book chapters in this specific subject, among other themes.  She developed more than 5 types of group interventions to promote college students´ mental health. Her curriculum can be seen at: