Why Science is a podcast about behavioral and emotional health research at Virginia Commonwealth University. Topics of discussion range from substance use, stress, mindfulness and other facets of mental health and wellness.

Why Science is produced in partnership with the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the ALT Lab at VCU and WVCW Student Radio. Each episode is hosted, recorded and edited by COBE media specialist Craig Zirpolo.

Views expressed by guests on the Why Science podcast are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of COBE or VCU.

Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student Courtney Simpson explains her research on eating disorders, obesity and mental health.

EATING DISORDERS AND MENTAL HEALTH

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Dr. Everett Worthington is the Commonwealth Professor of Counseling Psychology at VCU and a preeminent scholar on the psychology of forgiveness, including its intersections with humility, health and justice.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FORGIVENESS

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COBE Director Dr. Danielle Dick discusses her career researching substance use and mental health outcomes in adolescents as well as the creation of the Spit for Science research project and COBE.

7 YEARS OF SPIT FOR SCIENCE

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COBE researcher and VCU Department of Psychology Assistant Professor Dr. Jessica Salvatore discusses her research on the shared genetic and environmental influences on relationships and substance use.

RELATIONSHIPS & SUBSTANCE USE

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Entrepreneur Daniela Tudor discusses her journey through recovery and the creation of WeConnect, an application that aims to overcome relapse through accountability and peer support.

TECHNOLOGY & RECOVERY

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Health Educator at The Wellness Resource Center Trisha Saunders talks about her career in counseling, advocacy and education as well as the new #MindfulFinals campaign at VCU.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND #MINDFULFINALS

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VIPBG graduate student and researcher Jessica Bourdon discusses her research on behavioral inhibition and anxiety in pre-adolescents as well as her research on how students utilize support services on campus at VCU.

ANXIETY AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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Dr. Chris Reina is an associate professor in the Marketing Department of the VCU School of Business who studies the intersection of mindfulness, leadership and emotional well being and how that relates to productivity and positive work environments.

MINDFULNESS & LEADERSHIP

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Kristen Kidd Donovan of The Well at VCU explains how the Peace Corps jumpstarted her career in public health and discusses the importance of harm reduction policies at VCU and beyond.

HARM REDUCTION

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Dr. Ananda Amstadter explores stress, trauma and resilience as she explains how her research and clinical experience informs new treatments for veterans with PTSD.

PTSD AND VETERANS

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Dr. Peter Barr discusses how he uses sociology, genetics and statistics to learn more about the interaction between predisposition and the environment in mental health outcomes.

SOCIOLOGY AND GENETICS

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Researcher and Dept. of Biology instructor Dr. Tricia Smith discusses her work with opioids and cannabinoids as well as her undergraduate course on Drugs of Abuse.

OPIOIDS AND CANNABINOIDS

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Rams in Recovery Director and COBE Administrative Director Tom Bannard discusses research translation, collegiate recovery programs and his own journey in recovery.

COLLEGIATE RECOVERY PROGRAMS

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Assistant Professor and alternative tobacco researcher Dr. Caroline Cobb discusses hookah, e-cigarettes and the differences and similarities between smoking cigarettes and alternative forms of tobacco use.

E-CIGARETTES AND HOOKAH

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Assistant Professor and health policy researcher Dr. Andrew Barnes discusses choosing an insurance plan, HIV and the opioid crisis in Virginia.

HEALTH POLICY AND SUBSTANCE USE

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Director of the Wellness Resource Center Dr. Linda Hancock discusses the state of mental health at Virginia Commonwealth University, resources on campus and why she enjoys working with students.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT VCU

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