Los Angeles Health & Wellness
Services in Los Angeles
The Student Life staff can help students make appointments at any of the LA locations for access to care.
To help meet the diverse mental health and wellness needs of our students, NYU Los Angeles has an onsite Global Wellness Counselor to support students during their time in LA and to assist them in connecting locally to additional mental health resources, if needed. The counselor is available on campus Mondays to Fridays during regular business hours to provide counseling on an appointment or walk-in basis. To make an appointment, please contact the counselor via email.
Global Wellness Counselor
Lauren Cona, LCSW
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Title: Global Wellness Counselor / Clinical Social Worker
Education: MSW - 2010
Prepare for Los Angeles
- Meningococcal vaccine is required for all undergraduate students.
All first-year students are required to comply with the NYU Health Requirements for All Students.
While studying away is an incredible experience, it can take time to adjust to a different environment with new social relationships, living arrangements, routine, food, and local culture. It is normal to feel overwhelmed or homesick at times during study away; some students may even feel afraid, anxious or depressed in this transition, or just periodically out of sorts.
Attitudes toward counseling, or therapy, vary from one city to another around the world, and the availability of resources and type of services may be different among students' countries and cities of origin.
It also makes sense to plan ahead before departure, especially if you know you would like counseling or need ongoing medication management. Call the Wellness Exchange at +1.212.443.9999 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have pre-departure questions or need help in making connections to mental health professionals while you are studying away from your home campus.
If a student is presently taking prescribed psychotropic medication, it is advised that the student meet with their prescribing physician to discuss their plan for obtaining prescription refills while studying abroad. Not all psychotropic medications are available in the countries a student is traveling to. Please contact the Wellness Exchange to inquire about availability of your prescriptions in Los Angeles.
In the event that prescription is not available in Los Angeles, students should receive enough medication to last until their return. (Note: for some conditions and some medications, this is not possible).
If the student's prescription is available in Los Angeles, the onsite Global Wellness Counselor or the Wellness Exchange can provide the student with referrals to local psychiatrists who accept the student's insurance and who can follow the student (in collaboration with their home provider and the onsite counselor) and write prescription refills. Please note that prescriptions from foreign doctors cannot be filled in the USA.
The Moses Center for Student Accessibility
Students in need of disability-related accommodations who are considering global opportunities at NYU are strongly encouraged to contact the Moses Center before choosing a site. An Accessibility Specialist is able to discuss accessibility and accommodations at locations of interest.
If you have already chosen a site and are currently registered with the Moses Center, be sure to contact your Accessibility Specialist before you arrive at your site to discuss transferring accommodations.
If you have already chosen a site and are not registered with the Moses Center but anticipate you might need accommodations, please visit the Moses Center website to register. It is best to register before arriving at your site, but you can request accommodations at any time.
New York University requires that students studying away as part of their education program be covered under an NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance plan. Students must continue to maintain health insurance coverage in their home countries in the event they need to return home.