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About the program: Life can be stressful while pursuing a graduate degree. The Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine knows this and wants to support you during your time here. As a PhD student, you are eligible for CiTEM specific counseling support.

Available services include an initial assessment of needs, individualized treatment planning for brief therapy, referral coordination to community-based providers for specialized or ongoing care, connection to group therapy services, and support for medication management. Financial support for out-of-pocket mental health expenses is available if needed. For crisis or 24/7 support, call UNC CAPS at 919-966-3658 or call/text 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

How the program works: This program is for the Ph.D. Trainees in the Curriculum of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine. The goal of this program is to provide additional funding to trainees who are seeking mental healthcare services in the community and need financial assistance to meet the costs of these services. This program provides up to $500 per semester for our trainees to put towards their mental healthcare costs. Your referral into this program is managed through CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) who refer you to our Business Services Coordinator and Student Services Manager – David Chapman – when you are approved and have signed the necessary forms. David will then ensure that these accepted students are supported as necessary with the limited funding we have available to CiTEM.

How to Apply and Receive Funding: Email or call Zoe Silverman ( – (919) 966-3658) to set up a time to speak or meet in order for Zoe to evaluate your needs and discuss your options. Please be prepared to fill out the three forms below after meeting with Zoe. Zoe will refer you to David Chapman who will assist you with the disbursement of your emergency award.

Step by Step process:

  1. Student will contact CAPS (Zoe Silverman)
  2. CAPS will determine the need for community mental Healthcare
  3. CAPS will communicate the need to CiTEM (David Chapman)
  4. Student will complete all three application forms
  5. CiTEM will process up to $500 award (per semester) after receipts have been sent in

Required Forms:

  1. ROI CiTEM Mental Health Funding Form
  2. Mental-Health-Funding-Application-CiTEM 2023
  3. CiTEM – CAPS Therapy Agreement 2023