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Substance Use and Its Impact on Academic Achievement and Mental Health

Free program open to students, parents, grandparents, and the community! 

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at Howard High School (cafeteria) (The inclement weather makeup date is Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00pm at Howard High School cafeteria)

 (HC DrugFree will provide community service hours for students attending)

Speaker: 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. She has authored more than 150 scientific peer-reviewed publications, numerous white papers and book chapters, and is the recipient of several major grant awards from foundations, and state and federal agencies. Much of her work has direct relevance to parents, communities, educational professionals and policy makers. She received her training from Cornell University, the University of Pittsburgh and the Johns Hopkins University.

For more information, please email HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at or call 443-325-0040.  

Earlier Event: January 27
The Council of Elders Community Academy