From Research to Rehab
A Town Hall Meeting
on Substance Use and Young People

Slideshows from each presentation are available via the hyperlink in each title.

To download a copy of the program booklet with a campus map,
speaker bios and more, please click here.

April 14th, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Keynote Speaker,  Harris Hall Auditorium, 1015 Floyd Ave., Rm 101

Dr. Kevin McCauley, MD, The Institute for Addiction Study – “The Neuroscience of Addiction”
Bill Maher, Family Intervention Center of Virginia – “Systemic Coaching for Recovery”

April 15th, 2016 from 8:30 am to 12:45 pm

Opening Speakers, 8:30 am to 9:30 am: Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave, Room 303

Trevor Reynolds, Rams in Recovery – “Student Welcome”
Dr. Danielle Dick, VCU COBE – “Genes, Environment and Substance Use”
Dr. Linda Hancock, VCU Wellness Center – “From Research to Real Life: How to Cross the Divide between Research Bench and Bar Room”

Breakout Sessions, 9:45 am to 10:45 am

Prevention & Policy: University Commons, 907 Floyd Ave, Common Ground Room, Basement Dr. Ananda Amstadter, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics – “Trauma Exposure, PTSD, and Alcohol Use Among Emerging Adults”
Dr. Andrew Barnes, VCU Dept. of Health and Behavior Policy – “Virginia’s Opioid Epidemic and Public Policy”

Addiction & Treatment: Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave, Room 303
Dr. Tricia Smith, VCU Biology, “Cells Talking Smack: How Drugs of Abuse Disrupt Cellular Communication?”
Dr. Caroline Cobb, VCU Psychology – “Vaping and Students: Who’s Puffing What?”
Sarah Martinez, MCSW, CADC, The Caron Foundation – “On Thin Ice: Addiction and Family Recovery”

Break-Out Sessions, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Early Intervention & Harm Reduction: University Commons, 907 Floyd Ave, Common Ground Room, Basement
Dr. Chris Wagner, VCU Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology and Psychiatry – “Take-Home Messages from Motivational Interviewing”
Jason Lowe, Former Program Manager for REVIVE – “Bringing Naloxone to Virginia”

Treatment & Recovery: Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave, Room 303
John Freyer, VCU Arts – “Creating Conversations about Recovery”
Joan Shepherd, The Coleman Institute – “Understanding Medication Assisted Treatment”
Vicki Mollenauer, CARITAS Works – “How Meaningful Employment Promotes Recovery”

Closing Keynote, 12:20 pm to 12:45 pm: Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave, Room 303

Justin Luke Riley, Executive Director, Young People in Recovery – “The Young People’s Recovery Movement”

Bonus Sessions, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Ginny Atwood, The Chris Atwood Foundation – “Naloxone: How to Reverse Opiate Overdoses” Hibbs Hall 207
Sarah Martinez, MCSW, CADC, The Caron Foundation, “On Thin Ice: Addiction and Family Recovery” Hibbs Hall 403 (Extended Session for Professionals)


On Thursday April 14th at 6:30, Dr. Kevin McCauley will be speaking in Harris Hall Auditorium located at 1015 Floyd Avenue. The Auditorium is on the downtown (East) side of the building facing the large ram horns in the Com- mons Plaza.

Parking for both days is available for $10 per day in the Main St. Deck at 801 West Main St. From the parking deck, walk towards the Altria Theater and talk a left onto Main St. Take a Right on the wide brick walkway before the pedestrian overpass and Harris Hall will be on your right.

On Friday April 15th, the main speakers will be in Cabell Library at 901 Park Ave. From the Main St. parking deck, walk North toward the center of campus on Cherry St. until you are next to the back of the Cathedral on your right. Cabell Library will be on your left. The event is on the 3rd Floor. The building is fully handicap accessible.

Sarah Martinez and Ginny Atwood’s Extended Session for Professionals will take place in the Hibbs Building, right next to the Library.

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