Alcohol and drugs on campus - What students and staff have to say

Join this HC Link webinar on perceptions, motives, and patterns of use of alcohol and other substances among post-secondary students in Canada. Recommendations and potential tools to address excessive drinking and substance use on Canadian campuses will be discussed.

Date: February 20, 2018
Time: 10:30 -12:00 am ET

Presenter: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)

The webinar will feature two qualitative research studies conducted by Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse on several campuses in 2017. Additionally, Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) will share the results of their recent project, done in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, to develop health promotion messages that resonate with undergraduate women about the association of alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk.

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Presenter Bios

Shawna Meister

Shawna Meister, M.A., is a Research and Policy Analyst with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA). She currently conducts research on student drinking of alcohol on campuses and substance use affecting the workplace. Her research on alcohol use on campuses includes examining issues such as pre-drinking, understanding motivations behind excessive drinking, and investigating opportunities for youth-driven harm reduction strategies. With respect to workplace, her current research includes examining the impact of substance use on the workplace, substance use policies and safety-sensitive industries, and best practices.

Katie Fleming

Katie Fleming is a Knowledge Broker at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, which has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms. In this role, Katie is responsible for developing relationships and networks with relevant stakeholders and partners by providing linkages and knowledge sources to organizations in CCSA’s network. She earned a MA in Criminology from the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology in 2012. Her focus at CCSA is in the areas of cannabis use, drug-impaired driving, youth drug use prevention and prescription drug misuse.

Anna Kiernan

Anna McKiernan is a Research and Policy Analyst at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, a national organization with a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms. In this role, Anna is responsible for initiating and facilitating national research in the substance abuse field and developing and maintaining collaboration with relevant stakeholders to determine the nature and scope of substance abuse research. She earned a MA in Sociology from the University Of Toronto in 2011. Her focus at CCSA is in the areas of cannabis use, youth drug use prevention, sport and substance use, and drug-impaired driving.

Jane McCarthy

Jane McCarthy joined PAD as Manager of Program Development in 2016.  Jane has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare and the health charity sector, following completion of her Master of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health at UCLA and Master of Science, Health Behaviour from the University of Waterloo.  Her experience in the health charity sector has been as the Director of Services and Education with the ALS Society of Canada, and in a similar position with The ALS Association, National Office in the U.S.  Jane held health educator/promoter roles within HIV/AIDS programs and managed care in the California and within primary care here in Ontario. 

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