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Connections: Addressing students' behavioral and mental health needs as they return to school


The academic year begins this week, and for many students in the region, it will be the first time they will be back in the classroom full time. Experts say returning to full-time school will be a big adjustment for some students.

This hour, we discuss how educators and caregivers can be prepared to assist students who may have behavioral or mental health needs. Our guests:

  • Melissa Heatly, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Leah Hill, clinical engagement specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Shaun Nelms, Ed.D., superintendent of East High EPO, and associate professor (clinical) and interim associate dean for graduate studies at the Warner School of Education

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.