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Physical Therapy

Faculty Advisor

Ryan Boggs


Depression and suicidal ideations are some of the leading mental health issues affecting students enrolled in graduate healthcare programs. While healthcare students are often selected for their compassion, resiliency, determination, and strong academic performance, the expectation to succeed at a high level and lack of self-care leads to an increase in stress. This increase in stress for prolonged periods of time often leads to depression, decreased job satisfaction, burnout, and in extreme cases, suicide. The relatively recent transition to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree has resulted in an increase in coursework and academic requirements to fulfill new licensure standards along with an increase in financial burdens. Limited research has examined the prevalence of these conditions in DPT students. The purpose of this study is to examine the prevalence of depression and suicidal ideations in DPT students at Daemen College.