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.
Tag: Substance Use
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.
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.
Judson Brewer MD, PhD, explores how addiction forms by looking at social media, fast food and other facets of daily life.
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.
Dr. Marc Fishman, MD, discusses the treatment of opioid addiction for adolescents and young adults.
VCU PhD student Megan Cooke discusses the relationship between the brain and substance use.
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.
Dr. Raymond Tademy, Ph.D., presents on the relationship between educational history, race and substance use as they pertain to recovery and re-entry into society.
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.
For the April COBE Connect Ph.D. student Jessica Bourdon presents her research on mental health and service utilization at VCU as well as next steps for promoting and studying support services for students.
There is a lot to worry about when you’re organizing an event like the From Research to Recovery Town Hall, but here is why COBE Administrative Director Tom Bannard is excited.
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?
COBE Administrative Director Tom Bannard closes his three part series by emphasizing the key takeaways and next steps from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health.
COBE research assistant Nate Thomas received the International Programme in Addiction Studies Most Outstanding Student Award for 2015-2016.
What do e-cigarettes do and who is using them at VCU? Learn more from the March COBE Connect lecture video recap with researcher Tory Spindle.
COBE Director Dr. Danielle Dick presented to high schoolers at Collegiate School about the effects of adolescent alcohol use and how to understand who is most at risk.
A user’s guide to the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health, focusing on practical uses for the report to different target audiences.
In music, movies and many other parts of popular culture, we are surrounded by media portrayals likening love to mind-altering substances – Billie Holiday’s lover goes to her head; Beyoncé is drunk in love; the Weeknd compares his lover to the anesthetic Novocain.
The February COBE Connect Lunch series featured Dr. Danielle Dick discussing the history of Spit for Science and the creation of the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute.
Research shows that having an alcohol use disorder and getting divorced are closely related, meaning that if you experience one then you are more likely to experience the other. But how exactly does this association hold?
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.
Research in adolescents shows that those with jobs are more likely to drink and smoke, and that association grows based on how many hours they work per week. But does that carry over to college?
E-cigarettes are often portrayed as a healthy alternative or even a way to quit smoking. But how does e-cig use actually differ from tobacco cigarettes? Spit for Science researchers at VCU set off to find out more.
When it comes to problems with alcohol use, genes play an increasingly important role as you get older. But scientists still struggle to pinpoint exactly which genes are most to blame.
During the Fall 2016 semester, COBE partnered with students in three undergraduate classes to promote scientific research, create promotional campaigns and spread basic knowledge about health and wellbeing on campus.
For the first time the US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy released a report specifically addressing the epidemic of substance use and addiction across the country.
VCU’s Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies and Beacon Tree Foundation will host an educational meeting to review recent advances in neuroscience relating to drug and alcohol interventions as well as new evidence-based solutions to alcohol and drug prevention among adolescents.
On Nov. 21st Radio IQ released a story about Spit for Science and COBE including brief interviews with Dr. Danielle Dick and Dr. Jessica Salvatore.
Jinni Su, a postdoctoral researcher with the EDGE Lab and COBE, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant by the VCU Postdoctoral Scholar Association for a spinoff research project based on Spit for Science.