Educational Resources

Dental school is rigorous. Sometimes juggling the responsibilities of dental school and life can affect one’s health, emotional well-being, or relationships. Educational Resources within the Student Affairs office is a center for student support within the GSDM community that provides counseling and resource referrals to other University agencies.

Our entire office staff is available to assist with any and all student concerns or questions and provide referrals to University programs and services that facilitate personal health, well-being, and academic growth.

Referrals for counseling on academic and student-related issues, and referrals to other educational, medical, and community resources, personal counseling, and services for students with disabilities are available to all full-time students and include:

Student Health Services (Behavioral Medicine)
The behavioral medicine staff consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, a nurse clinical specialist, and social workers. They will help in addressing short-term psychological issues. When longer-term care is needed, the staff will facilitate referral to expert clinicians in the local community. Behavioral medicine providers are available 24 hours a day on-call for urgent situations.

The Danielsen Institute
The Danielsen Institute provides confidential counseling for individuals, partners, couples, families, and groups. They have a sliding scale fee structure.

Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
The Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders offers assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. Treatment can be done on a short-term individual basis or as a group treatment. Services are done by appointment and there is a sliding scale fee.

Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Staff members help students learn how to manage the responsibilities and pressures of schoolwork and social life.

Marsh Chapel—Boston University Chaplains
Boston University chaplains are available by appointment to counsel Boston University graduate and undergraduate students. Religious life on campus includes the following faiths: interfaith, Bahá’i, Buddhist, Christian-Catholic, Christian-Evangelical, Christian-Orthodox, Christian-Protestant, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh.

Student Health Services – Behavioral Medicine
Care in the Behavioral Medicine Department is available on an appointment basis. Please call 617-353-3569 to set up an initial appointment. Behavioral Medicine providers are available 24 hours a day on-call for urgent situations.

Disability Services
617-353-3658 (V/TTY),
If you have a disability (physical, vision, hearing, learning, or psychological) and will need specific accommodations, you are responsible for contacting Disability Services to submit documentation and request accommodations.

Educational Resource Center (Charles River Campus)
The Educational Resource Center offers a number of services for both students and faculty, including a writing center and computer resources. They also offer workshops on various topics such as time management and study skills.


Academic tutoring is available for all dental students, with prior approval from the Academic Affairs office and Educational Resources. To schedule an appointment regarding tutoring, please contact Dr. Polins at or 617-638-4768.

Family Resources

Family Resources Office
The Family Resources Office provides a free referral service and resource materials for parents seeking child care.

  • A child care service listing of Boston University students (with previous child care experience) available for babysitting on a short-term basis
  • A resource library for families with information on child care and elder care issues, support groups, etc.
  • School vacation programs for children in grades K–5

Boston University Children’s Center
The Children’s Center provides a full-time (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) child care program for children ages two through five. Contact the center for applications and fee information.

Early Childhood Learning Lab (ECLL)

  • Run through the School of Education from early September to mid-June
  • Half-day preschool program and an extended day program until 2 p.m.
  • Children may attend 3–5 days a week