Engineering Student Support Services

Students in the School of Engineering have access to an expansive student support team, including an embedded assistant dean of students, and CAPS counselors. Learn more about these positions below.

  • Assistant Dean of Students

    Alex Hall is the School of Engineering's embedded Assistant Dean of Students from the Office of the Dean of Students. Alex specializes in providing crisis triage and response, Engineering and University resource referrals, information about Univerity conduct policies and generalist support for students in distress. Alex also works closely with support services and resources in other offices or areas of Engineering and the University to connect students with the most helpful and relevant support available for their specific needs or concerns. She has been working in Student Affairs at the University of Virginia for nine years, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education at the University.

    How to Make An Appointment

    Students who wish to make an appointment to speak with Alex can call her administrative assistant at 434-924-7427, or by using this direct scheduling link. Students may also contact Alex directly at AEC5D@VIRGINIA.EDU. Meetings with Alex can take place in person (in her office, Thornton A112), by phone, or by Zoom, and are generally scheduled for thirty minutes to one hour.  Alex will work with each student to determine what additional meetings or referrals will be appropriate and helpful.

  • Embedded CAPS Support Services

    Liz Ramirez-Weaver and Katie Fowler are the School of Engineer's embedded CAPS Counselors. Liz and Katie specialize in helping students find effective ways to cope with:

    • Personal concerns: Stress, anxiety, depression
    • Academic concerns: Perfectionism, lack of motivation, performance anxiety
    • Developmental concerns: Adjustment to college life, identity (personal, cultural, sexual orientation, gender identity)
    • Trauma-Sexual assault, abuse and other traumatic events
    • Substance Use concerns: Alcohol and other drugs
    • Other concerns: Career direction, body image concerns, personal values, spiritual concerns etc.

    How to Make an Appointment

    You may schedule an initial phone assessment online using the HealthyHoos patient portal (login using your Netbadge ID) or by calling the CAPS main number (434-243-5150) and notifying the receptionist that you are enrolled in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

    For more information, please see Getting Started at CAPS | Student Health and Wellness, U.Va. (


    Liz and Katie are UVA confidential employees: HTTPS://EOCR.VIRGINIA.EDU/CHART-CONFIDENTIAL-RESOURCES

    CAPS Outreach

    Liz and Katie are available for virtual presentations on mental health and wellness. Please email Liz at ER2TN@VIRGINIA.EDU or Katie at RFK2XJ@VIRGINIA.EDU and submit the CAPS OUTREACH REQUEST FORM 

  • TimelyCare and TalkNow

    UVA CAPS in partnership with TimelyCare offers 12 FREE scheduled telehealth counseling visits with a licensed mental health provider to all students who have paid comprehensive health fees with their tuition (no insurance needed)TalkNow, which is an additional service through TimelyCare, allows students to connect with a mental health professional any time of day, either by phone or video. Click here to learn more about TimelyCare, or to get started.