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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

    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
    Opinion | Substance Use

    Confronting Campus Substance Use

    Leadership needs to look beyond the tragic headlines in order to avoid them in the future More than 1,500 college students die from alcohol-related incidents each year. Some of these tragedies make headlines when they are associated with hazing deaths, but they only represent the most visible part of a…

    MCQ. Issue 16
    01/13/2020
    Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Science Summary

    Millennial and Gen Z Mental Health A new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that suicidal thinking, severe depression, and rates of self-injury among U.S. college students more than doubled over less than a decade. Looking at data from two large annual surveys of college undergraduates from…

    MCQ. Issue 15
    10/24/2019
    Student Success, Basic Needs

    Science Summary

    Increasing Representation of Ethnic Minorities in STEM Fields Ethnic minorities are underrepresented in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and efforts to increase diversity in STEM fields have not had a significant impact.  The Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County provides a promising model for…

    MCQ.
    07/23/2019
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