Join Dr. Maria Alejandra Quijada, associate professor at Regis University's Anderson College of Business and Computing, to learn more about her studies and her bestselling book My Mental Health Struggle in Academia:  What I Wish All Business School Faculty, Students and Administration Knew.  

Dr. Maria Alejandra Quijada will lead an honest discussion about her difficulties with mental health while in business school. She will also offer her expert advice on ways to prevent burnout and resources on where to get mental health support.   

In this session, participants will:

  • Hear Dr. Quijada share her experiences of struggling with mental health while trying to succeed
  • Participate in a discussion on creating a better environment for students and faculty struggling with their mental health
  • Learn ways to help de-stigmatize mental health in a business setting


Maria Alejandra Quijada, is an Associate Professor of Management and Leadership.

Dr. Quijada teaches classes in management, leadership, diversity, and women in business. She completed her Ph.D. in Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of scholarly expertise include organizational change, culture, issues for women in business, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is the organizer of the Women and Leadership Conference, held annually at Regis University. Dr. Quijada holds an M.S in Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University. Her work experience includes the telecommunication, lottery, and consumer product industries.



Jessica Medeiros, MS Career Planning Program Manager, Graduate Career Center

As a career planning program manager, Jessica serves as a career coach and advisor for master's degree candidates and alumni. She helps master's degree candidates polish their resumes, improve their job search and networking strategies, and hone their interview techniques, as they seek internships and full-time employment opportunities. Jessica forges mentorship connections between students, alumni, and Northeastern's multitude of corporate partners.

Jessica also teaches a career management course for full-time students in the MS in Finance program. The course provides students with tools to manage their careers and job searches. She works closely with international students as well, helping them prepare for employment in the U.S. Students develop a personal career search strategy, build a strong professional network, and meet with our employer partners to hear their insider insights.

Jessica has dedicated her career to helping students successfully navigate their career paths. Before coming to the D'Amore-McKim Graduate Career Center, she was first an academic and career advisor for Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies undergraduate students. She previously held positions as a career advisor and job placement specialist, as well as a transition to college instructor and integration coach for United South End Settlements.