Substance Use and Its Impact on Academic Achievement and Mental Health

HC DrugFree, Howard High School PTSA, and Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA partnered to present: SUBSTANCE USE AND ITS IMPACT ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH with expert speaker Dr. Amelia Arria.

Pictured: Bonnie Branch Middle School Principal Dr. Andrew Cockley, Howard High School PTSA President Donna Sudbrook, Bonnie Branch Middle School’s HC DrugFree Parent Rep Gina McGuinness, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Dr. Amelia Arria, and Howard High School Principal Mr. Nick Novak.

Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.

Dr. Arria’s research has focused on the risk and resiliency factors that contribute to mental health and substance use problems among adolescents and young adults.  Her most recent work has clarified the impact of substance use, particularly excessive drinking and marijuana use, on academic achievement. She is the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded prospective College Life Study, which annually assessed the behavioral health of 1,253 college students through their young adult years. Much of her work has direct relevance to parents, communities, educational professionals and policy makers.

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