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Faculty Wellness Program

Northwestern’s Faculty Wellness Program offers assistance to full-time faculty members who are experiencing difficulties in their professional or personal lives. Download a printable Faculty Wellness brochure here.

Life as a faculty member at a prestigious university can be stressful. Faculty members balance multiple roles as teachers, researchers, mentors, and managers. Three-quarters of university faculty report stress levels of moderate or higher, with ten percent reporting serious levels of stress. Elevated stress is the best predictor of faculty deciding to leave academia.

Stress, in turn, can lead to a wide range of personal and professional problems. There is a strong correlation between stress levels and career satisfaction, as personal problems can interfere with professional success and create obstacles to research, teaching, and working with others. By identifying and addressing stress and the problems it causes, faculty members are better able to achieve their professional and personal aspirations.

Program Goals

The program’s ultimate goal is to contribute to University faculty members’ professional success and personal well-being.

A crucial element to the program’s approach is to identify problems early so they can be resolved quickly, thus preventing the development of more serious impairments.

Accessing Assistance

The first step in solving problems is deciding to address them and seek solutions.

The program offers free consultations for Northwestern faculty members to identify appropriate resources for personal and professional concerns. Resources may be offered over the phone, or the faculty member can meet with the director for further discussion.

Possible resources include:

Faculty members can contact the program director at

Program Administration

The program’s director is Gaurava Agarwal, MD, who is Associate Professor in both the Departments of Medical Education and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of Physician Well-Being for Northwestern Medicine's Medical Groups. Dr. Agarwal is a psychiatrist and certified leadership, organizational, and well-being coach who specializes in occupational and organizational psychiatry with an emphasis on workplace mental health.  

Program Workshops

In addition to providing free, personal consultation, the Faculty Wellness Program also offers workshops and sessions (e.g., the Faculty Well-Being Conversations Series) open to all faculty. Sign-up information will be emailed to all faculty prior to the workshops. 

Program Contacts

Gaurava Agarwal, MD