College Tough Resilience Program
One in three college students experience significant depression or anxiety interfering with daily functioning. Resilience programs that can be administered to all students offer an opportunity for addressing this public health problem. Dr. Aupperle and other researchers at LIBR worked closely with students, faculty and staff at The University of Tulsa (TU) to develop a brief resilience program that could be implemented within introductory courses in the first year of college.
The program, termed “TU Tough” for implementation at TU, included goal-building, mindfulness, and resilience skills. Our research suggests that students who completed the resilience program (compared to those who did not) were more likely to report greater improvements in mental health over the first semester of college. Aspects of this training were incorporated into the first year experience (FYE) courses at TU. Researchers at LIBR are working to identify ways to increase availability of resilience training beyond the classroom setting.