Health and Wellness Staff
Rae Chresfield, Associate Dean for Health and Wellness
As the associate dean of health and wellness, Rae Chresfield assists students in developing their own evolving implementation of wellness in their lives. Using the “8 Dimensions of Wellness” model, Rae Chresfield educates students through programming on how to attempt to balance wellness with their experiences as Harvey Mudd students and as unique human beings. She meets with dorms, clubs, or students individually to address specific needs. She is also the bridge for students and MCAPS or community mental health practitioners for sustained health and wellness. In addition, because wellness is contextual, Rae Chresfield also provides training for staff and faculty.
Prior to working at Harvey Mudd College, Rae Chresfield was a director of health and wellness and a program director for masters of art in counseling. She has ten years of experience in college and university counseling centers where she focused on the academic, emotional, and vocational well being of students. Within those ten years, she provided training to faculty, staff, and students on suicide prevention, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, she provided resources for first generation students of color and those with chronic health issues, including traumatic brain injuries. Rae Chresfield also taught undergraduate and graduate courses from New York City to Portland, Oregon.
Rae Chresfield started as an education major but transitioned to behavioral science at the University of Maryland. She followed a career path in nursing and then received her master’s degree in mental health and wellness from NYU. She later earned her doctorate in counselor education at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).
Michelle Harrison, Assistant Dean for Health and Wellness
As the assistant dean for Office of Health and Wellness, Michelle Harrison oversees wellness programming on campus, works with the wellness peers and graduate students, and meets with students one on one.
Prior to joining Harvey Mudd, Michelle Harrison worked at AIDS Resource Center Ohio as a behavioral health therapist. During graduate school, she was a graduate assistant at The Ohio State University Student Wellness Center where she oversaw a peer health education program, conducted outreach programming, and met with students one on one.
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with a B.S. in public and community health. She also holds an MPH in health behavior and health promotion, as well as an MSW in mental health and substance abuse from The Ohio State University.