Student Health and Counseling Services addresses the health and wellness needs of University of Chicago students, and we are eager to assist you in becoming a healthy and well-rounded individual during your time at the University. 

There are a variety of physical, mental, and social health services available to you, and we hope you will take advantage of the myriad resources available to you as a student.  Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can assist you.

Notice for students seeking women's health care appointments

The Student Health Service currently has a provider vacancy due to the recent departure of one of our women’s health care nurse practitioners. We are actively recruiting for this position and hope to have a replacement provider in place later this spring. In the meantime, students may experience a longer than usual wait time to obtain appointments for well women annual exams, PAP smears, and birth control consultations. These types of appointments may require scheduling 3-4 weeks in advance. Return appointments for birth control refills and other non-urgent women’s health related issues may take 2-3 weeks to schedule so please plan accordingly.

You may also check with your private insurance carrier about seeking services through a women’s principle health care provider in the area as an alternative. Some preventative visits may be covered with no out-of-pocket expense. However, please inquire about your specific policy coverage and limitations.

For USHIP members, you may visit the United Health Care website or contact the on-campus representatives at 773-834-4543 and inquire about in-network women’s health providers that may also provide services. Referrals are not necessary for routine well women care if provided by a USHIP in-network women’s principle health care provider. Be sure to inquire about your specific policy coverage, limitations and potential out-of-pocket expenses.

We will post an announcement when we have a replacement provider in place to keep you abreast of the situation. Thank you for your patience. 

New Student Counseling Director

After a national search, David B. Albert, Ph.D., has been appointed Director of the Student Counseling  Service (SCS).  His appointment is effective September 16.  Dr. Albert served as Director, Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Hartford since 2007.  Prior to his work at the University of Hartford, Dr. Albert was Director of Ambulatory Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Founding Director, University of Connecticut Child and Adolescent Outpatient Trauma Clinic.

Dr. Albert earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in Russian Studies and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University Medical School.  His academic work was in the area of traumatic stress and its impact on emotional well-being.

Since its inception in 1956, Student Counseling (formerly named Student Mental Health) has had three directors (Jack Kramer, M.D. 1956-1986; Morton M. Silverman, M.D. 1987-2002; and Thomas A.M. Kramer, M.D. 2003-2013).  As its fourth director, Dr. Albert will work with a clinical and administrative counseling staff to serve the mental health needs of the University.  “I am absolutely thrilled to join the University of Chicago.  The opportunity to lead such a talented and dedicated group of clinicians, coordinators, and administrators at the Student Counseling Service is a tremendous honor.  With the integration of Student Health and Counseling Services underway, this is a particularly exciting time to be joining the University.  I look forward to helping SCS continue its tradition of providing innovative and excellent services to the university community.”

Reporting to Asst. Vice President for Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), Alex Lickerman, M.D., Dr. Albert will also work closely with Student Health Service and Health Promotion and Wellness units as part of his senior leadership role within SHCS.