• 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. All services and sessions 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.

    We are here to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 859-323-5511.

  • 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:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Drug and alcohol abuse
    • Eating disorders
    • Attention difficulties
    • Stress
    • 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.

  • FAQs

    Do I have to have a serious problem to come to the Behavioral Health Service?

    No. Students come to the Behavioral Health Clinic for many different reasons including concerns about self-esteem, personal relationships, sexuality, family problems, substance abuse, eating problems, academic concerns, smoking cessation, anxiety, depression and stress management. Whatever your concerns are, we are willing to talk with you.

    Is there a charge for appointments?

    There is no charge for full-time students or part-time students who pre-pay the student health fee. Students that do not have the health fee may be seen on a fee-for-service basis.

    How do I make an appointment?

    Call 859-323-5511 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    How soon can I see someone?

    At the beginning of the semester, you can probably get an appointment within a few days. From mid-term on, our service is very busy. We will schedule you as soon as possible, but the wait may be a week or so. We suggest that you call as soon as you feel you need help, rather than waiting until later.

    How do I know that I need help?

    Generally, if you have been having problems for two weeks or more, you have tried to address your concerns without success and your problems interfere with your ability to function the way you would like to, then you should consider seeking help. Problems can include trouble with a relationship, not doing well in school, insomnia, moodiness, tension, irritability or loss of interest in friends or school.

    What about medication?

    Medication can be very helpful for treating a number of problems. Psychiatrists are on staff at the Behavioral Health Clinic if you are in need of medication.

    What is the policy on confidentiality?

    Your behavioral health records are confidential. We do not release records without your written permission. Visit Medical Records for more information.

  • Resources

    The UK Counseling Center provides confidential psychological services to students currently enrolled in at least 6 credit hours [undergraduate, graduate or professional programs] at UK. 

    It offers individual and group therapy, as well as workshops, to support growth and to assist students with concerns that might interfere with academic performance or a sense of personal well-being while at UK.  The UKCC also provides free, brief phone consultations to students, faculty, staff or parents concerned about a UK student who might benefit from services at UKCC or elsewhere.