Who is Dr. Carla? Carla D. Chugani, PhD, LPC is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. She is an expert in collegiate mental health and is passionate about supporting the emotional wellness of college students through evidence-based programs and services.

Unpack Wellness emails are written by Dr. Carla to help you develop greater understanding of a variety of practices for emotional wellbeing that can easily be integrated into everyday life. Practices include a focus on mindfulness, coping skills, practices for dealing with intense emotions as well as foster more positive emotions, skills for developing healthy relationships and communication with others, and practices for tolerating difficult situations that can’t be changed. Many of the skills Dr. Carla teaches come from an evidence-based treatment called Dialectical Behavior Therapy, although she also writes her reactions to what’s going on in the world and takes requests for topics.

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