The Wellness at Penn initiative provides support, resources, and practical tools for wellness across the Penn community. It affirms wellness as a core priority and necessary driver of life on campus; and it offers a wide range of opportunities to reflect and engage on issues of wellness, stress, mental health, resilience, happiness, personal and academic goals, and the meaning of success.

Through this initiative, we aim to spotlight, empower, and catalyze the wide range of partners advancing wellness on campus and provide avenues of dialogue and collaboration for them to sustain their essential work. Together, students, faculty, and staff will explore how best to create a shared campus-wide culture of well-being, strengthening ourselves as individuals and as a community by opening ourselves up to our vulnerabilities and to what makes us human.

In particular, this website offers eight categories of wellness derived from the Wellness Wheel of SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services). These eight types of wellness remind us that wellness is an ongoing holistic process with multiple dimensions. We encourage you to explore the resources, programs, and events offered across the eight dimensions of wellness on this site.

About the Chief Wellness Officer

Dr. Benoit Dubé is the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Chief Wellness Officer, a first in the Ivy League. He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Dubé earned an MD from the University of Montreal in 1997 and a BSc in psychology from Concordia University in 1992. He began his career at Penn in 1997 as a resident and then chief resident in psychiatry. He also completed fellowship training in psychosomatic medicine before joining the ranks of faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Dubé served as the director of medical student education in Psychiatry, was appointed as an assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, and was chosen as the School’s first director of wellness initiatives.

Now, as Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dubé directs wellness initiatives across the University and oversees an integrated new Health and Wellness division that includes Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives, Campus Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Student Health Service. The Wellness at Penn Initiative, which Dr. Dubé leads, affirms wellness as a central priority of campus life. It offers opportunities to reflect and engage on issues of wellness, stress, mental health, resilience, happiness, personal and academic goals, and the meaning of success. It aims to define and help members of the Penn community understand wellness as an ongoing holistic process encompassing numerous areas of life.

To learn more about Dr. Dubé’s role as Chief Wellness Officer and the importance of creating a culture of wellness, listen to his interview on Work and Life with Stew Friedman.

Community Conversations with The Chief Wellness Officer

Every month during each academic year, Penn Wellness will offer the Penn community an online conversation and opportunity to witness that there can be setbacks and course corrections on the journey to success, but there is also strength in vulnerability.

Archived Community Conversations

February 2021
Community Conversation with Mr. Kevin Mahoney

January 2021
Community Conversation with Dr. Mamta Accapadi

December 2020
Community Conversation with Dean Erika James