high school students

High school Alumni of SDA academies from the Pacific Union Needed for Research Study

Dr. Nichola Ribadu and DMFT candidate Melody Ezpeleta from the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences at Loma Linda University are seeking individuals who would like to participate in a research study to further understand the experience of high school students and their mental health while attending Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) academies. This research study aims to capture experiences from a variety of perspectives and to assess for the resources and supports that would benefit this population.
woman with pile of textbooks

Managing Daily Stress

You are walking through the forest on a clear day. The trees bustle around you, the birds tweet above you, and suddenly you stop. There is a large bear a few hundred feet ahead of you. You may notice the reaction from your body—your muscles may tense, your breathing may quicken, your heart may pound, your gut may ache. You now have three options: fight, flight, or freeze. This is the classic scenario psychology textbooks describe to begin the discussion on stress.
Woman works on laptop outside a café

counseling and family sciences, social work

SBH provides flexible learning with new online options

CFS welcomes first online Marital and Family Therapy MS cohort The Department of Counseling and Family Sciences is thrilled to welcome nine students as our first MFT MS online cohort! These students will engage in didactic and experiential learning within our online classrooms, plus rigorous clinical training with clients before graduating in 2.5 years. The MFT MS online program has been in development for more than two years within the Department of Counseling and Family Sciences, and mirrors our long-standing in-person program that has boasted COAMFTE approval since the 1970s.
Two individuals work together on a laptop

collaboration, community, research, social work

Social Work Department and Promotores Academy receive grant to support community health workers

We're excited to share that the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology and the Promotores Academy from the San Manuel Gateway College were together awarded the Peer Personnel Grant from OSPHD for 2021-23! Our program addresses a unique need for professional leadership development to work with community health workers (CHWs).
person holds model of the world in their hands

Trauma Team, mental health

Today is World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day provides a platform to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to marshal support for advancing the development of and access to programs aimed at improving the mental health and ecological well-being for all humans. This year's focus for World Mental Health Day will showcase the efforts made around the world by the World Health Organization's (WHO) member countries to address mental health issues affected by COVID-19.
Providers and administrators of the Sickle Cell Center on the LLU campus

collaboration, counseling and family sciences, research

Dr. Zephon Lister receives grant to improve quality of life for patients at new Sickle Cell Center

Through an interdisciplinary and collaborative effort, Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) recently received a $500,000 state grant to fund the development of a Sickle Cell Center. The Center seeks to provide the highest standard of care for adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) within the Inland Empire region. Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) is one of ten sites in the state of California to receive this grant. Nearly 100,000 people in the United States live with Sickle Cell Disease—a rare, inherited blood disease that primarily impacts African- and Hispanic-Americans.
Welcome Back Bash attendees pick up cotton candy at the SBH booth


Welcome back, SBH students!

Welcome to the new school year! This year is our largest incoming class in the history of the School of Behavioral Health, and we are so excited that you have chosen Loma Linda University Health as your academic partner in success. For many of you, this is your first time on campus. It was so wonderful to meet some of you during our orientation and Welcome Back Bash. Instead of running from this nation's mental health needs, you felt a call to help those in need in our local and global communities.
Sleeping teen

psychology, research

Researchers aim to study impact of melatonin use in teens with sleep problems—now enrolling participants

Inadequate pediatric sleep is a major public health concern, especially for adolescents.1-3  In fact, about 70% of teens in the United States routinely sleep less than the 8 to 10 hours recommended by experts.4  These rates are particularly alarming considering poor and insufficient sleep is linked to impaired academic performance5, lower cognitive functioning6,7, poor emotional regulation8,9, worse mental health10-13, and negative physical health consequences such as increased risk of obesity.14-17 There are several evidence-based behavioral interventions to optimize sleep in you