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Wellness for the Health of It

Free seminars, workshops and trainings for the UH Community to learn about health and wellness topics that relate to the Nine Dimensions of Wellness.

By attending an Wellness for the Health of It workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a variety of strategies related to the topics presented to reach a holistic health and wellness mindset.
  • Formulate a definition for the dimension of wellness presented and identify activities to incorporate into their life.


August 30, 2018

Intellectual Wellness- Brain Hacks For Self-Control

Julia englundThe speaker, Dr. Julia Englund Strait will discuss executive functioning (attention, inhibition, and flexibility) mental skills—what they are, what they look like in the brain, how to measure your own, and how to trick yourself into doing them better to get things done.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Wellness Classroom

Julia Englund Strait, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology and Health Services Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and her doctorate from the University of South Carolina. She is a licensed psychologist and a licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP) in Texas, and a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). She is also a certified English language arts teacher in Texas.

Dr. Strait teaches, trains, and supervises graduate students in the School Psychology EdS and Health Services Psychology doctoral programs at UHCL. Her research focuses on the higher level thinking skills of students from early childhood to college—how these skills differ across individuals and groups, how to best measure and assess them, how brief interventions improve them, and how factors like stress and social-emotional difficulties interfere with them. She specializes in executive functioning, scale development, assessment, and traumatic stress and maltreatment.

September 17, 2018

Emotional Wellness- What Does Sleep Have To Do With It

candice alfanoThe speaker, Dr. Candice Alfano will discuss how adequate sleep is critical for just about every human function. Unfortunately, most of us do not get enough sleep, and college students are one of the most sleep-deprived of all groups. There are many factors that can make keeping a regular sleep schedule difficult during the college years, but there are also ways to combat these challenges. This talk will explore the many negative impacts of inadequate sleep, including effects on emotional health, and provide strategies for improving your sleep - starting tonight!

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Student Center South- Skyline Room

Candice Alfano is Professor of Psychology, a licensed clinical psychologist, and Director of the Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston (SACH) at the University of Houston. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2005. Dr. Alfano's research program integrates several overlapping fields of study including the role of sleep-wake processes in the pathogenesis of psychopathology, especially anxiety disorders, and the development of evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Alfano has served on the scientific council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the board of directors for the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM), and as Associate Editor for Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

October 10, 2018

Financial Wellness- Making Your Money Work For You

GeraldThe speaker, Gerald Cavanagh will discuss how small changes in your finances — even changing one little thing — can turn into regular habits that could improve your financial outlook. That’s why our Eight Rules of Thumb can help lead you to better Financial Wellness.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Wellness Classroom

Gerald Cavanagh is a Sr. Program Manager at Wells Fargo

November 13, 2018

Occupational Wellness- Finding Your Career Happiness

priyankaThe speaker, Priyanka Raut will help you learn the tips and tricks to find a career path that you are truly passionate about, how to grow in that path, and how to most effectively communicate with your co-workers to achieve workplace happiness.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
University Career Services Room 156

Priyank Raut is a Career Counselor at UH Sugarland.

December 4, 2018

Defining Spiritual Wellness

Wellness staff will guide you through a series of questions providing you the opportunity to define what Spiritual Wellness is to you.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Wellness Classroom