In his role as Assistant Vice President for Health & Wellbeing, Dr. James Raper oversees and supports departments related to Health & Wellbeing for the university. These include: Campus Recreation, Office of the Chaplain, Learning Assistance Center & Disability Services, Student Health Service, University Counseling Center, and the Office of Wellbeing. The Health & Wellbeing team of offices work closely together to provide services and support across the eight dimensions of wellbeing.
Dr. Raper joined the Wake Forest University community in 2002 as a clinician in the University Counseling Center (UCC). Since that time he has served in a variety of leadership roles in the UCC, including as Director from 2014-2019 where he provided strategic implementation of mental health promotion and outreach, counseling to students, clinical supervision, and crisis response. As the Chief Mental Health Officer for the University, Dr. Raper provided counsel to the Wake Forest University administration, faculty, and staff around mental health and related strategic planning. Dr. Raper also led the development of the WFU CARE/Threat Assessment Team in 2009, was a co-chair from 2009-2014, and continues to serve as a member of the Team.
Dr. Raper is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in North Carolina, and holds a doctorate in Counseling and Clinical Supervision from Syracuse University. He focused a portion of his doctoral coursework on crisis management in higher education, and completed a research dissertation entitled: The Relationship Between Educational, Clinical, And Personal Exposure To Suicide, And Suicide Intervention Skill. Dr. Raper has also co-authored a book chapter entitled: Suicide assessment and intervention, crisis and disaster response, managing stress and avoiding burnout. In addition, Dr. Raper holds a master’s degree from Wake Forest University in Community Counseling, and a bachelor’s in Religion from Colgate University. He has held adjunct teaching positions in graduate programs at Wake Forest University and Syracuse University, and has been asked to share his expertise in both suicide assessment and intervention and clinical supervision at the national and international levels.