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Rise Up

About Us

James Martin, Ph.D., M. ASCE.

Vice Chancellor For STEM Research and Innovation, University of Pittsburgh

“By almost every indicator and metric, young adults are experiencing unprecedented challenges with mental wellness and belonging. This study sheds light on the science of human flourishing to develop improved mental health interventions, cultivate a stronger sense of purpose and belonging, broaden awareness, and strengthen skills, and behaviors that promote life-long learning and growth.”


Joseph T. Yun, Ph.D.

Artificial Intelligence Architect, Office of the CIO Strategy and Innovation Group

Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Affiliate, Pitt Cyber and The Collaboratory Against Hate

University of Pittsburgh

“I am part of this project because in my research studying social media data, I have seen how digital environments have had devastating effects on the well-being of individuals within our society. I care about how we can adapt and evolve to become more resilient, to thrive, and to rise up.”

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April A. Dukes, Ph.D.

Faculty and Future Faculty Program Director, Engineering Education Research Center (EERC), Pitt-CIRTL Institutional Co-administrator, Adjunct Instructor of Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh

"Student success starts with student well-being. I joined this project because I want to help students succeed in attaining their goals. Understanding how well-being is challenged during a student's higher education journey gets us one step closer to providing every student with the support they need to flourish at Pitt and beyond."

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Scott C. Streiner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, First-Year Engineering Program, and Engineering Education Research Center (EERC)

Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

"Mental well-being and the feeling of belonging are such important facets of engineering education, especially in the first year. Early detection of psychological distress and the ability to foster care-seeking in a timelier fashion will help promote a healthier environment for learning. This multi-team, interdisciplinary study will have a lasting impact on University of Pittsburgh students for years to come."

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Steven D. Abramowitch, Ph.D.

Vice Chair of Culture and Community, Professor, Department of Bioengineering,

Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

“The well-being and success of students is our main mission at the University of Pittsburgh. We are just beginning to understand what that truly means on an individual level. This study is critical for better understanding individual student needs and creating an environment that allows everyone to flourish.”