Positive Mental Health in the Geosciences

Workshop following the GSA 2023 Fall meeting

This workshop has already occurred.

This meeting is being run as a follow-on to the Geological Society of America Pardee Keynote Symposium (P4)
Please find more information about GSA Connects 2023 at the meeting website

Workshop: Thursday, October 19, 2023
Omni William Penn Hotel, Three Rivers Room, WP Floor
530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

There will be a reception prior to the workshop on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET
at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Monongahela Room, 17th Floor


Geoscientists face unique challenges, often navigating isolation in the field, laboratory, and virtual learning environments. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, these feelings of exclusion and isolation have become more pronounced, impacting the mental well-being of geoscientists. In addition, structural bias and discrimination based on race and ethnicity, gender identity, disability, and the complexities of hidden disabilities, including chronic illness and mental health issues, have grown substantially, necessitating a collective effort to foster safe and supportive working environments.

Join us for a one-day workshop, focused on building community and gathering information from attendees and psychologists to help us assess how mental health is being addressed in formal and informal geoscience communities, and identify outstanding needs. This information will help us to create resources, fill gaps, and build the path forward, focused on raising awareness of the challenges experienced by many geoscientists and sharing best practices implemented by universities, companies, and colleagues. See the overview page for details.

Workshop Overview »

How to Apply

The application deadline for this workshop has passed.

Workshop Conveners

  • Jennifer Nocerino, Geological Society of America (GSA)
  • Amy Myrbo, Amiable Consulting - external evaluator
  • Cailin Huyck Orr, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
  • Rory McFadden, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation, through award: NSF-2329987. This workshop is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

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