yDiv event series: Mental Well-being in Academia



Course Dates

Maximum number of participants / Credit Points

Check the registration links at the single events below


several dates in 2023

100/ n.a.

Working in academia as a high-stress environment can be a challenge for maintaining mental health. The aim of this event series is to raise awareness for mental health issues occurring in academia.

Rethinking productivity

1 November 2023, 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Online via Zoom

Lecturer: Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Target group: Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

Please registere here

Learn to see productivity through a well-being lens. Learn how to structure your day in a way that aids your concentration and focus, rather than constantly detracting from it.

We discuss:

  • how to create a routine during times of constant change
  • learning to ride the productivity wave
  • creating a rhythm that works for you, rather than against you
  • navigating the balancing act of families and research
  • how to plan to be (realistically) productive
  • using breaks to optimise efficiency

Supporting our mental health: how to recognise when we or others are struggling.

8 December 2023, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Online via Zoom

Lecturer: Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Target group: All iDiv status groups

Please register here


  1. What are we talking about (but not really talking about). The state of mental health in academia and what that means in real terms.
  2. Where is the line – How do we know the difference between productivity and unhealthy life choices, the difference between good and bad stress, and how do we find meaningful boundaries?
  3. How do I know when my colleagues are approaching these same lines and how do I support them if they are?
  4. Tools to help us all manage the stress, pressure and comparison.
  5. As a community, how do we promote help-seeking behaviour and destigmatize the challenges we face.



Desiree Dickerson, PhD

Desiree Dickerson is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the mental health and well-being of researchers and the academic community. Having worked as a researcher in New Zealand, Australia and Austria, Desiree now works globally with universities, lab groups, and academics in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.


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