The Mental Health Clinic (MHC) assists in meeting the mental health needs of our college community, by providing psychiatrist assessment and treatment.
Students who are currently under the care of another mental health provider are encouraged to continue with that relationship. Students who want to establish a treatment relationship with a provider in Knoxville should contact their insurance company for a list of preferred providers. However, students with mental health concerns that are new or not previously addressed, or students that need additional mental health care while at the university, may utilize our services.
The Mental Health Clinic of the Student Counseling Center does not provide assessment or diagnosis of ADHD. Students who can provide documentation of a previous adequate evaluation and diagnosis may be treated short-term until a private psychiatric follow-up can be arranged off campus. It is important to note that students do not need to be seen in the Mental Health Clinic first in order to receive a referral to off-campus mental health resources.
Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Treatment
Generally, a referral from a counselor, psychologist, medical physician, faculty or administrator is required to schedule a psychiatric assessment. However, students experiencing a psychiatric emergency and students with a history of or ongoing psychiatric medication treatment may schedule an appointment directly with our psychiatric Dr. Edward Smith, Jr., MD or psychiatric nurse practitioner, Donna Voica, DNP.
When in doubt whether psychiatric assessment or treatment would be appropriate, students should schedule to see a psychologist during triage times, by calling 865.974.2196.