Student Mental Health & Counseling

The Office of Student Mental Health and Counseling (OSMHC) provides a broad range of counseling and mental health support services that facilitate students’ personal, social, and academic development. Services are available to medical students, physician assistant students, and graduate students.

Our services are confidential. Records are maintained separately from your graduate school file, and they are NOT a part of the student’s academic record. They are treated as health records and therefore are protected under federal law from being disclosed without your permission.

Our services are free. There is no cost to students who use this service. When referrals are made to mental health providers outside of our office, these service are normally covered under the provision of the student’s health insurance policy.

A wide range of service are provided to students which include short-term therapy, medication management, crisis support, and consultation. While short-term counseling is most common, it is possible for student to be seen for an extended period.

Students have a choice of working with Dr. George F. Blackall (psychologist), Dr. Kelly D. Holder (psychologist), or Dr. Martha Paeslee-Levine (a psychiatrist).

To request an appointment with any of these providers, please contact them directly at:

George F. Blackall, PsyD

Kelly D. Holder, PhD

Martha Peaslee-Levine, MD

Additional mental health service are available for student through Dr. Steve Sinderman in the Department of Psychiatry. These services are not part of the OSMHC, and therefore, are not free. Students are encouraged to ask about cost and insurance when making an appointment. Dr. Sinderman can be reached by calling 717-531-8338.

To find a mental health provider covered by Aetna Student Health Insurance not affiliated with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, search here.


Questions? Please contact

Kelly D. Holder, PhD
Director, Office of Student Mental Health and Counseling