Tag: Public Health

Spit for Science

COBE Director Dr. Danielle M. Dick, Ph.D., talks about her longitudinal research study Spit for Science which aims to study the challenges young people face in terms of substance use and mental health as well as using that data to inform programming and interventions on campus.

White Privilege and the Drug War

Eric E. Sterling, J.D., traces the history of drug law in America as well as the cultural evolution of drug use and misuse in the context of growing racial, class and other prejudices.

Pathways to Recovery

Dr. John F. Kelly presents on language, terminology and conceptualization of addiction, rationale for recovery support systems and science of recovery support services as well as the Recovery Research Institute which he founded at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Craving Mind

Judson Brewer MD, PhD, explores how addiction forms by looking at social media, fast food and other facets of daily life.

Introducing Contemplative Science and Education

Dr. Kirk Warren Brown, Ph.D., explains how VCU and regional communities are coming together to grow the research and practice of contemplative science.

Stress and Drugs in Vulnerable Boys and Men

Dr. Lula Beatty, Ph.D. discusses reasons for drug use in vulnerable boys and men as well as evidence-based approaches to prevention and treatment.

Opioid Addiction in Youth

Dr. Marc Fishman, MD, discusses the treatment of opioid addiction for adolescents and young adults.

Gender & Substance Use, Misuse, Treatment and Recovery

Dr. Mishka Terplan talks about how developing addiction to opioids and other drugs vary across gender, and how those expectations impact the conception of treatment and stigma around use.

Spit for Science: A How-To Guide

A reflection by COBE Director Dr. Danielle Dick on what we’ve learned after running the Spit for Science research project for the past seven years.

What Does Science Say about Marijuana Use?

It’s no secret that marijuana legalization and use is hotly debated across America. But how much do you know about the latest research and policy debates?

Spit for Science Research Roundup #5

Two blog posts from students in the Spit for Science research class about the March COBE Connect lunch lecture with e-cigarette researcher Tory Spindle.

How Does Research Inform COBE Coursework and Programming?

Marcie Walsh, M.S.W., and Zoe Neale, M.S., presented about the Science of Happiness course and the THRIVE living-learning community at the March meeting of the Positive Psychology research group at VCU.

Spit for Science Research Roundup #4

The fourth edition of news updates on substance use and mental health research from students in the Spit for Science undergraduate course.

Tackling the Surgeon General’s Report: Part 1

In 2016, in the midst of growing awareness of an opioid epidemic that claims more lives just due to overdose than car accidents or gun violence, the Surgeon General has released the first Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health with the hope of encouraging a similar decline in alcohol and other drug use.

Spit for Science Research Roundup #3

The third edition of news updates on substance use and mental health research from students in the Spit for Science undergraduate course.

Support Your Fellow Rams with #MindfulFinals

#MindfulFinals is a social media campaign that aims to utilize Instagram and SnapChat to change the conversation around Finals week to promote mindful approaches to stress and anxiety.