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).