After spending a summer binging on podcasts during a long drive from North Dakota to Utah, I knew I found a new hobby. I learned new things about Slavic fairytales, sound engineering, polling errors, and the science of sourdough. I found less compelling pods on mental health. Free Association was born. On Free Association, I talk with experts in the mental health field to answer questions like: “How can music be a source of healing?” “Why is pursuing happiness so finicky?” “What is so scary about vulnerability?” or “Is pornography addictive?” We focus on defining the problem, understanding its scope, and offering some food for thought.
Kayte LaBore, MA, Predoctoral Intern at USU CAPS
Hello there! I am Kayte LaBore. I am working as a counselor at USU’s CAPS for the final year of my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. For the last five years, I focused on college student mental heath completing the bulk of my clinical training at counseling centers. College is a transformative period of life, and I love the opportunity to help students flourish. Beyond my interest in college student mental health, I love research. My research experiences include projects on gratitude, sexuality, sexual assault, sexual aggression, American Indian behavioral health, and public health. When I am not running data or seeing clients, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and petting my doggo.
EPISODE ONE: Mental Music
Free Association is a mental health podcast made for USU students. Our flagship episode features an interview with psychologist, Dr. Dave Bush. We discuss how to utilize music as a source of healing. Dr. LaBore, our resident MD, discusses two studies on how music impacts physical healing, and students share their experiences with music.