Jessica A. Gold, MD
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
2023 Dean’s Impact Award Recipient
Jessica A. Gold, MD, played a key role in the Washington University Community Support team that was organized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide mental health and wellness resources to Washington University employees, particularly front-line health-care workers. The team’s goal was to ensure employee well-being by providing a coordinated emotional support program to all employees impacted by the pandemic and beyond. This support team provided more than 6,200 hours of volunteer services including approximately 1,000 hours of hotline coverage, 24 Zoom groups to more than 1,000 employees, 14 mindfulness sessions attended by more than 800 employees, approximately 300 monthly mental health outpatient telehealth visits for employees and their dependents, and more than 50 outreach events, interviews and articles. Additionally, Gold served as a mental health expert to Human Resources, advising them on various aspects of mental health and well-being, including developing the COVID-19 employee well-being support portal,
@WashUTogether Care and Connection toolkit, and a marketing campaign to promote utilization of mental health and wellness resources. She also developed a database of mental health and wellness resources and applications for self-care that was included on the COVID-19 employee well-being support portal.