Program Director for Regional Campus Wellness Services
Joleen M. Nevers is the Associate Director for Wellness and Prevention Services at the University of Connecticut. She is responsible for overseeing the department’s wellness initiatives and provides leadership, direction, and support to the wellness staff team. Since being at UConn, she is credited with developing and implementing many campus-wide wellness initiatives. Some examples include supervision and oversight for implementing mandatory AlcoholEdu to all new students, weekly pet therapy visits, a relaxation area with weekly stress management events, and working with athletics and Greek organizations on group dynamics. Additionally, she created and implemented “The UConn Sexperts” peer education program and campus-wide programming on both sexual health and stress management.
Joleen has a deep passion for peer education and advising peer educators. Prior to joining UConn, Joleen worked in Boston in a teen clinic where she coordinated sexual health education and spearheaded a peer education program. While employed as a graduate student for East Carolina University, she was charged with developing a peer education program on sexual assault and provided supervision for the sexual health initiatives to the campus. As an undergraduate student at Framingham State University, she was a peer educator for three years, as well as a peer educator in high school.
Joleen obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Education from Framingham State University and a Master’s degree of Education from East Carolina University in Health Education. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, a Certified Sexuality Educator, and a Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor. Joleen has provided numerous presentations at both national and regional conferences and trainings. She has served in many leadership roles, including BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA, American College Health Association, and New England College Health Association.
Due to Joleen’s service and innovation in the field, she has been recognized with such rewards as, UConn’s Students First Award given by her colleagues and UConn’s Advisor of the Year Award given by students. She also has been awarded the Outstanding Advisor and Outstanding Group Awards from BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA, and the distinguished President’s Award from the New England College Health Association. Joleen constantly strives to educate and teach students skills to make the best decisions for their wellbeing.