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    Substance Use

    Underage drinking, binge drinking, marijuana use and non-medical use of prescription drugs remain significant problems on college campuses and are highly correlated with treated and untreated mental health.  High risk or binge drinking can lead to significant social, educational, and psychological consequences, as well as harmful physical events such as alcohol poisoning, neurological damage, and accidental death. It is frequently cited as a factor in sexual assault.

    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Smoke and Mirrors: What should colleges do about the proliferation of misinformation about cannabis?

    Innovations in Behavioral Health Care is a peer-reviewed section of the Mary Christie Quarterly that features breakthrough research and commentary on the emotional and behavioral health of young adults. Malinda Kennedy, ScD is a Project Director for the Maryland Collaborative and Faculty Assistant for the Center on Young Adult Health…

    MCQ. Issue 25
    04/25/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    College Substance Use in the Time of COVID

    The effect of COVID-19 on college student mental health is widely reported and can, in part, be evidenced by the increasing demand for counseling services.  The degree to which the pandemic affected substance use patterns, including binge drinking and cannabis use, appears to be less obvious and, perhaps, more complicated. …

    MCQ. Issue 24
    01/24/2022
    Physical Health

    Innovations in Behavioral Health Care

    Maximizing the Effectiveness of Virtual Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA The negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking, including academic impairment, social harms, injury, and death (White & Hingson, 2013) are perennial concerns. Nearly one-third…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Innovations in Behavioral Health Care

    Through in-depth interviews and articles on issues and challenges facing higher education, The Mary Christie Quarterly occupies a unique space in the field of college health publications. Its diverse readership, comprised of higher education leaders, policy makers, counseling and health center professionals, and other individuals committed to enhancing the college…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Sexual Assault and Title IX

    Penn State’s Piazza Center Seeks Scholars for New Research Agenda

    Penn State University launched the Piazza Center in January 2019, in an effort to become the nation’s principal home for identifying sound professional practice in fraternity and sorority advising. With a robust agenda that includes promising new research that identifies a “triad of risk,” (hazing, substance abuse, and sexual violence),…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Physical Health, Mental and Behavioral Health

    WE Strong: UVM’s Wellness Environment Then and Now

    The students on the Zoom platform take a deep breath in and then exhale with ear-piercing screams. They are doing the “WE Breath,” a unique way to let go of stress and anxiety practiced at the Wellness Environment from which they are graduating – remotely.  They are the fifth first…

    MCQ. Issue 18
    07/14/2020
    Substance Use

    Vaping on the Rise: How Colleges are Responding

    Vaping, the use of electronic cigarettes to vaporize nicotine-laden liquid, has become widespread within American high schools, colleges, and universities. These institutions are faced with the challenge of deciding whether they should adopt vaping-friendly policies, as a means of encouraging smoking cessation and harm reduction, or if they should ban…

    MCQ. Issue 18
    07/14/2020
    Opinion | Substance Use

    Proms, Parties and the Power of Social Norms in Preventing Event-Specific Alcohol Use in High School

    I recently met with a school district administrator about conducting a research project in one of the district’s high schools around alcohol use during high school prom, since this can be a high-risk event related to drinking, driving, and other behaviors for students. I knew that there was interest in…

    MCQ. Issue 17
    04/09/2020
    Sexual Assault and Title IX

    Everything to Gain

    Conference highlights leadership’s role in addressing campus substance use In November 2019, The Mary Christie Foundation and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) convened a group of higher education leaders, trustees, and clinical experts for an event focused on addressing college drinking and drug use. “Everything to Gain:…

    MCQ. Issue 16
    01/13/2020
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