Student Psychiatric Association


The Student Psychiatric Association (SPA) is a student-operated organization within Rush University. Our mission is to advance the field of mental health through educational and service opportunities for Rush University students, and to be a mental health resource at Rush University Medical Center. We aim to foster inter-professional communication and collaboration in order to improve the well-being of our community.

SPA Objectives

  1. Promote mental health awareness. 
  2. Promote student interest in the field of psychiatry.
  3. Provide educational opportunities for students interested in psychiatry.
  4. Provide service opportunities for students interested in psychiatry.
  5. Develop a formal mentoring program for graduate and doctorate students interested in psychiatry.
  6. Foster inter-professional collaboration within the field of psychiatry.

SPA Events

As an organization, SPA has previously hosted, and is interested in hosting events on the following topics: Mental Health First Aid, Schizophrenia, the role of the Psychiatric Liaison nurse, suicide awareness, dual diagnosis, student mental health wellness, and many more. Please feel free to reach out to one of our leaders if you have any suggestions. SPA would love to hear from you.

Contact Information

President: Maleka Suleiman
Vice-President: Debora Mbaluka
Faculty Advisor: Alice Geis (DNP, APRN), Assistant Professor, Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing