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UTHSC News: Nationally Recognized Psychiatrist and Mental Health Advocate Named to Inaugural UT System/UTHSC Post


Jessi Gold, MD, MS, a nationally recognized expert on student mental health and wellness, has been named the inaugural chief wellness officer for the University of Tennessee (UT) System and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

This new leadership role, effective Feb. 1, 2024, builds on existing strengths and support at each campus across the UT System to promote mental health and well-being among students, faculty, and employees. Strategically, the chief wellness officer role is an innovative position that has emerged in recent years at leading institutions seeking to advance a culture of wellness.

Dr. Gold is a renowned national expert on health care worker mental health, burnout, and advocacy. She will serve as a psychiatrist at University Health Services for the UTHSC Memphis campus, seeing primarily students. This role is similar to her previous position at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where she has served as an outpatient psychiatrist, seeing faculty, students, staff, and hospital employees.

At Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, she has served as the director of Wellness, Engagement and Outreach and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She was awarded the Dean’s Impact Award for her work during COVID-19 taking care of the mental health of frontline workers.

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