Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor

Dr. Pinder-Amaker has over 25 years of experience in college student mental health treatment, administration, and policy. She is the founding director of McLean Hospital’s College Mental Health Program, a unique initiative serving students from over 200 institutions of higher education, providing student-focused treatment; consultation to students, parents, college professionals and non-profits; and related research. In addition to maintaining this role, she was recently named McLean Hospital's first Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Dr. Pinder-Amaker's book, Did That Just Happen?! Beyond "Diversity"--Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations is a popular "campus reads" selection.

An Assistant Professor of Psychology in Harvard Medical School, Dr. Pinder-Amaker lectures and conducts workshops throughout the country on strengthening continuity of care, and on how to bolster communication between campus- and community-based systems, eliminate barriers to mental health treatment, and better support marginalized students. She is a member of the WHO World Mental Health International College Student Initiative and has published on the prevalence and distribution of mental disorders among college students and the integration of student concerns into traditional models of care.

Prior to McLean/Harvard, Dr. Pinder-Amaker served as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of Michigan. There, she managed the university’s Critical Incident Preparation & Response; Counseling and Psychological Services; Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness and Services for Students with Disabilities. She worked closely with UM students, faculty & staff to implement policies, programming and practices designed to create an optimal system of mental health care for students.