Dr. Amelia Arria is currently the associate professor of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health and the director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Previously, she was a senior scientist at the Treatment Research Institute and a principal investigator on the College Life Study, a longitudinal prospective study of health-risk behaviors among college students. Her primary research focus has been to understand familial, social and individual risk and resiliency factors associated with alcohol, illicit and nonmedical prescription drug use among adolescents and young adults.
She has also completed studies related to mental health service utilization, predictors of suicidal behavior, prenatal effects of maternal drug exposure and addiction treatment effectiveness. She is currently involved in several efforts to translate research findings for parents, families, university administrators and policy makers.
Dr. Arria has authored more than 100 scientific peer-reviewed publications and is the recipient of numerous grant awards from foundations, and state and federal agencies. She received a B.S. in human development from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.