Professor Amelia Arria
Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
Director, Center on Young Adult Health and Development and Director, Office of Planning and Evaluation
Other Affiliations: Center on Young Adult Health and Development, Office of the Dean
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1242Y
Phone: (301) 405-9795 | |
Center on Young Adult Health and Development
CV / Resume
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Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development and the Office of Planning and Evaluation at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and a Professor with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. She is the Principal Investigator on the College Life Study, a longitudinal prospective study of health-risk behaviors among college students. Her research focuses on risk and resiliency factors associated with the development of mental health and substance use among adolescents and young adults, as well as the consequences of untreated mental health conditions and substance use. Her most recent area of interest is understanding how these issues can interfere with academic achievement, and what can be done to promote student success. She has also completed studies related to mental health service utilization, predictors of suicidal behavior, and evaluations of addiction treatment. She is currently involved in several efforts to translate research findings for practical purposes, including her leadership role in the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, an initiative that brings together Maryland colleges to address the problem of excessive alcohol consumption and its consequences on their campuses and in their communities. Much of her research has direct relevance to parents, clinicians and policy makers. She has authored more than 175 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.


Education and Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, Epidemiology of Psychiatric Disorders and Drug Dependence, Department of Mental Hygiene, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

PhD, Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA

BS, Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


HLTH 200

HLTH 352

HLTH 776

Honors and Awards

Research Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Service Award (Institutional), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 1995-1996

Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Research Service Award (Institutional), National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH), 1993-1995

Predoctoral Fellowship, National Service Award (Institutional), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 1987-1991

Research Awards

The Visionary Award: For Outstanding Contributions to Youth Recovery Research through the Use of Applied Sciences, Association of Recovery Schools, 2016

Fellow Award, Mary Christie Foundation, 2016

Research Leader, University of Maryland College Park, 2003-2016

Teaching Awards

Nominee, University of Maryland's Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year, 2016

Most Valuable Professor (MVP), Women’s Field Hockey Team, 2014


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