Living Well Initiative

The Living Well Initiative is a multidisciplinary educational program addressing the needs of persons and families affected by severe and persistent mental health conditions. The program is co-sponsored by SPU’s School of Health Sciences and the School of Psychology, Family, and Community.

The Initiative includes the Dickinson Fellowship Program, research projects, and community outreach and advocacy.

The Dickinson Fellowship provides training and funding for approximately eight undergraduate and graduate students each year. This multi-disciplinary, competitive fellowship supports students who will one day work with persons and their families impacted by severe and persistent mental health conditions, in mental health or other clinical settings such as primary care or acute care.

Seminars are held every other week throughout the academic year. Autumn Quarter is devoted to training about the individual experience of mental illness, while Winter Quarter addresses the family experience, and Spring Quarter focuses on community and government issues. Seminars include book analyses, video presentations and discussions, research planning and presentation, planning and discussion of community outreach, planning and discussion of activities with SPU's student-led chapter of Active Minds, and guest speakers.

To encourage cross-disciplinary understanding, students from various health perspectives discuss theoretical models and treatment for severe and persistent mental illness from their specific disciplines.

Students also attend community meetings of Active Minds, participate in the annual NAMI walk, observe Mental Health Court in Seattle, and have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research conducted by faculty scholars.

The Living Well Initiative also sponsors research in the area of severe mental illness, stigma, community health, and faith. Read several examples of published research conducted by faculty scholars and previous fellows.


Faculty Contact

​Paul Youngbin Kim

Professor of Psychology; Faculty Scholar for Living Well Initiative
PhD, University of Notre Dame

Phone: 206-281-2987
Office: Marston 113

Support the Living Well Initiative

If you would like to donate funds to support the Living Well Initiative, please visit SPFC’s donation page and select “Living Well Initiative” as your designation.

Call for Applications 2022-23

The Dickinson Fellowship sponsors eight fellows per year to receive training related to severe and persistent mental illness.

Undergraduate students majoring in nursing and psychology and graduate students in marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, nursing, and seminary are encouraged to apply. Current application deadline is March 28, 2022.

SPU Chapter of Active Minds

Active Minds is a student-led group that organizes informative and inspiring events for SPU's student body, promotes services offered by SPU's Student Counseling Center, advocates for change in policies to improve mental health on campus, and lends our voices to creating and supporting a mentally healthy campus.

We are proud to join more than 15,000 Active Minds members in 550 international chapters who serve as "passionate advocates, stigma fighters, and educators for mental health." We welcome you to join us in creating a positive environment for healthy conversations about mental health at SPU. Please contact us at to learn more.

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