If you have any doubt about where to turn, Penn’s HELP Line is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, at 215-898-HELP. The HELP line is staffed with professionals trained in making mental health referrals and can help you access resources to cope with emotional challenges.


Mental Health & Wellness

CAPS: 215-898-7021 (Press 1 to speak to a clinician directly)

  • Dr. Tiffany Brown is an embedded CAPS counselor for BGS. Appointments may be scheduled with her directly at or by calling 215-898-7021 (Press 2).

Reach-a-Peer Helpline:

The RAP helpline provides peer support, information, and referrals to any and all students of Penn. The service is open to all students who wish to share a problem, are in need of information, or just want to talk to someone about anything on their mind.

  • The RAP phone line is available every night while classes are in session (except holidays) from 9 pm to 1 am and can be reached at 215-573-2727.
  • The RAP text service is also available 24/7. Students can text RAP anytime at 215-515-7332 and one of their supporters will respond as soon as possible.

CAPS support groups

Student Health Services: 215-746-3535

Office of the Chaplain:  215-898-8456

Wellness at Penn


Racial diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism resources at Penn

Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID)

Office of Research and Diversity Training (ORDT)

Cultural Centers at Penn

Bias Incidence Reporting Form 


Other Penn Resources

The Graduate Student Center

The LGBT Center at Penn

Penn Women’s Center

Penn Violence Prevention

Weingarten Learning Resources Center

Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives

Office of the Ombuds


BGS-Specific Student Groups


EE Just Biomedical Society

UPenn SACNAS Chapter

LTBGS+ at Penn


BGS Administration

Dr. Kelly Jordan-Sciutto 

Judy Jackson