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Survey: Research on Status of STEM Doctoral Students’ Mental Health


We are a group of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston interested in understanding the status of mental health among doctoral students in STEM.

Mental health and wellbeing are key factors influencing doctoral student success. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing violence against Black, Asian, Indigenous, and Latinx communities have increased and compounded student stress. So, we are currently seeking participants for a 35-minute research study designed to understand the influential factors that affect mental health among doctoral students in STEM.

Participants who meet the following criteria are invited to take part in this research:

  • Current doctoral student
  • Enrolled in a STEM discipline
  • 18 years or older

We encourage students who hold minoritized identities to participate in this study.

If you are interested in participating in this 35-minute survey, please click the link below.

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This study has been approved by the University of Massachusetts Boston Institutional Review Board (protocol #2021037). If you have any questions about the research study, please feel free to email us at


Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Counseling & School Psychology
University of Massachusetts Boston

Latest publication: I can’t push off my own Mental Health”: Chilly STEM Climates, Mental Health, and STEM Persistence among Black, Latina, and White Graduate Women. View article here: