Behavioral health information
Student Behavioral Health Clinic
At the Student Behavioral Health Clinic we recognize that emotional and psychological health are important factors in a student's ability to perform well academically and adjust socially. Students face many stressors from learning to live with roommates to choosing a career path.
At times, changes and adjustments can lead to emotional difficulties that can in turn affect a student's ability to function at his or her best. The Behavioral Health Clinic can help with a variety of issues and concerns students may face as they try to navigate through college life. Services are confidential.
All students who are eligible for services at the University Health Service are eligible for an evaluation in Behavioral Health. There is no charge for UK full-time students and UK part-time students who prepay the student health fee.
UK part-time students who have not prepaid the health fee may be seen on a fee-for-service basis. BCTC students who want to pay the health fee can click here for more information.
The Behavioral Health Clinic can offer an initial assessment. However, the Behavioral Health Clinic does not have adequate resources to treat all types of psychological or psychiatric problems. Certain students will require more specialized or comprehensive treatment than we can offer and might be referred to resources in the community following an initial evaluation.
Behavioral Health Clinic staff
The Behavioral Health Clinic is staffed by two board-certified psychiatrists and one advanced practice registered nurse. Psychiatric residents (physicians who are completing their training in psychiatry) are also available to see students.
What to expect:
The first visit to the Behavioral Health Clinic usually involves a brief discussion about the student's background and the nature of the current problem. This helps clarify the student's needs and develop a treatment plan. As noted above, the treatment plan may include treatment at the Behavioral Health Clinic or the UK Counseling Center or referral to resources in the community.
Evaluation, brief crisis intervention and medication management are offered for a host of difficulties, including but not limited to:
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Eating disorders
- Attention difficulties
- Grief and many other
The University Health Service Behavioral Health Clinic treats students who have been formally diagnosed with ADHD. Formal diagnosis includes a full neuropsychological evaluation by a licensed psychologist to confirm the diagnosis.
Previous diagnoses or records from family physicians, pediatricians or psychiatrists do not suffice as neuropsychological testing.
If you have had previous neuropsychological testing completed any time after the age of 10, you may schedule an appointment with Behavioral Health by calling 323-5511, and bring those records with you to your initial appointment for review.
If you still need to complete testing, please click on the link below for a list of psychologists available in the Lexington community. Once this testing is completed, you may schedule an appointment with the Behavioral Health Clinic.
Consultation and outreach
Members of the Behavioral Health Clinic staff are available to consult with students, faculty and staff on behavioral health issues. Staff members also give presentations to campus organizations and groups on a variety of behavioral health topics.
For further information or to schedule an appointment, call 859-323-5511.