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Collecting Histories of Education and Employment During Recovery (CHEER) Project

Research in the Works

Date Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017
By: Kathryn Sabella, Laura Golden, Kathleen Biebel


The transition from college to career includes many challenges, such as adjusting to a professional environment, the high costs of student loan repayment and independent living, and changes in social support networks. Many of these challenges affect a young person’s emotional wellbeing; however, limited attention has been paid in the literature or at the practice level to the emotional wellbeing of college graduates as they transition from college to career. To address this underrecognized issue, investigators from The Jed Foundation (JED), a leading nonprofit organization with a mission to protect the emotional health and prevent suicide among teens and young adults, and the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (Transitions ACR) at the UMass Chan Medical School collaborated on a study to better understand the experiences of young adults during the college-to-career transition and how these experiences effect emotional wellbeing.

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Subject Area

Employment, Transition Age Youth


Community-Based Participatory Research, Education and Training, Transition Age Youth, young adults with serious mental health conditions, Participatory Action Research, Employment during recovery, transition age youth

Suggested Citation

Sabella, K., Golden, L., & Biebel, K. (2017). Collecting Histories of Education and Employment During Recovery (CHEER) Project. Worcester, MA: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC), Transitions Research and Training Center. Retrieved from