HSC Counseling Services

HSC Counseling Services

HSC counseling services are offered to students in the following schools and programs:

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health and Informational Sciences
  • Resident Physicians and Dental Fellows

Any faculty member who provides psychiatric, psychological counseling or physical health services of a "sensitive nature" must have no role in the evaluation and grading of students receiving those services. HSC Counseling and Campus Health Services, and  Campus health Psychiatry Services maintain this standard.

HSC Counseling ServicesCampus Health Services
Psychiatry Services

Quinn T. Chipley, M.A., M.D., Ph.D.
HSC Counseling Coordinator

A Building, Suite 208

(across the hall from Medical Student Affairs)

Phone: (502) 852-0996

Gordon Strauss, M.D.

Erika Ruth, M.D.

Jennifer Reis, M.D.

U of L Outpatient Center

401 E. Chestnut Street, Suite 110

Phone: (502) 852-6446

Mission Statement:

Our goal is to provide comprehensive counseling and mental health services to Health Science Center students.

Services Offered:

Counseling and mental health services are provided for a variety of problems and circumstances including (but not limited to) abrupt life changes, depression, anxiety, academic difficulties, substance abuse, relationship issues, financial stressors, and adjusting to recent trauma or accidents.

To address these issues, the following services are offered at the HSC Counseling Services location:

  • Urgent Crisis Intervention
  • Individual Counseling and Support
  • Education Skills Training
  • Pharmacotherapy referral to Campus Health
  • Consultation

Appointments for services are offered during regular daytime business hours, Monday through Friday. Services include initial assessment and follow-up in addition to regular session.

Referrals are made to outside sources when appropriate.

Referrals can be made by self, family, friend, classmates or faculty.

NOTE: Consultation with faculty is available to provide education on the identification and referral of students having difficulty.


  • HSC students are allowed to directly contact a psychiatrist without a prior referral.
  • Services are FREE for HSC students
  • Access to service is VOLUNTARY. Some administration policies will allow faculty and staff to recommend strongly that a student meet with an HSC counselor or physician, but each student can discuss with a dean's representative his or her choice to refuse the referral.
  • Services are CONFIDENTIAL. Information will only be shared when written consent is granted to the service provider, or in any case which raises the duty to report the possibility of danger.


We want to help, but acting in the proper order is important for the best results. Please contact the counseling services providers for such life threatening emergencies AFTER live, voice-to-voice contact has been made with an emergency responder at one of the following locations:

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline - (502) 852-PREV (852-7738) Caller should identify self as associated with U of L and ask to speak to a clinician.
  • Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS) - (502) 562-3120 Caller should identify self as associated with U of L and ask to speak to a clinician.
  • 911