Mental Health Team

UPSOM Mental Health Team

Linda Ewing, Ph.D.
Phone: 412.600.9259
Pitt Email: ewing.linda@medschool.pitt.edu   UPMC Email: ewinglj@upmc.edu

Veronica Jones, Ed.D., LPC, BC-TMH
Phone: 412.383.4640
Email: vij24@pitt.edu

Darrell Phillips, LCSW, MBA
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Phone: 412.327.2189
Email: phillipscounseling@gmail.com

Robin Valpey, MD
Email: valpeyre@upmc.edu

The Counseling Program at the School of Medicine was started in 1980 and offers medical students and graduate students evaluation, treatment and referral for a wide range of psychological needs.  The program is dedicated to maintaining healthy and confident students and is both free of charge and highly confidential.  No insurance is billed for services.  In addition, if indicated, they can make a referral to other resources or to our school psychiatrist, Robin Valpey, MD.

A student using the program can be assured that no information shared in counseling is ever available to others without expressed permission from the student.  Medical training is an exciting yet sometimes stressful process.  Students may experience depression, anxiety, loss of confidence, sleep difficulties, relationship problems, eating problems, substance abuse, etc.  These difficulties can interfere with academic performance and this often increases distress.  It is hoped that if any such problems arise, students will contact the counseling program as soon as possible to avoid more serious problems from developing.

All of our providers have offices close to the school and have the ability to meet virtually. Meetings are by appointment only.  They can be reached by email for an appointment.

Students can also seek care through The University Counseling Center, which offers walk-in appointments, self-help, and group resources as well as individualized counseling.