PSYCHIATRY SERVICES ON CAMPUS
Dr. Laureen Noll, Student Health Service Psychiatrist, will no longer be providing care for Appalachian State University students as she is moving out of state. Dr. Noll decided to move on for personal reasons and submitted her resignation to be effective August 1, 2016. We wish her our personal and professional best and will deeply miss her as she has provided such amazing service to our campus community.
Dr. Noll has communicated with her current patients regarding her departure and has continued to assist in making patient referrals. In addition to notifying current patients, we’ve sent communications via our parent and family networks, posted information on specific websites, and now communicating with the entire student body as we continue our search and prepare for the 2016/2017 academic year.
The psychiatrist position was posted at the beginning of May, but we have not had any applicants since the position was posted. We intend to continue our efforts in identifying and recruiting a highly qualified psychiatrist.
We have explored multiple opportunities for psychiatry services locally, but access to those services in the immediate Boone area is VERY limited. Therefore, students expecting to receive psychiatric care will encounter inconveniences and difficulties. These difficulties may result in limited service provision and/or the need to seek psychiatric care away from Boone.
Students should maintain connection with their psychiatrist or physician-prescriber in their hometown, and arrange continuity appointments during breaks. If new medications are needed, getting started with a psychiatrist in or near a hometown would be encouraged due to the limited availability of psychiatrists in the Boone area.
The health and well-being of our students is paramount. The Office of Student Development, the Student Health Service, and the Counseling Center for Students are working closely to provide a high continuity of quality care for our students as we continue our search for a psychiatrist.
Thank you for your understanding.
Dr. Bob Ellison
Director, Student Health Service