Leadership Q&A: Advancing mental health resources

Lindsey Mortenson, MD, is U-M’s inaugural chief mental health officer (CMHO). Appointed in April 2022 as a part of a strategic realignment in Student Life to expand campus mental health services for all students on the Ann Arbor campus—including undergraduate, graduate and professional students—Mortenson’s role aligns with the university’s commitment to a comprehensive, collaborative and inclusive approach to student mental health and success. 

Mortenson is a national leader in college health policy and strategy and served as the acting executive director and medical director for University Health Service before moving into the role of UHS associate executive director and CMHO. She is also a faculty member in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and sees patients in the UHS psychiatry clinic and U-M Psychiatric Emergency Services. She played a pivotal role in public-health-informed initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mortenson answered several questions about mental health resources on campus, outlined how expanded mental health services enhance communities and discussed ways community members can get involved to advocate for additional mental health support.


Read the Q&A on the U-M Public Engagement & Impact website.