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Fordham University

  • PI -- Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D.
           fisher@fordham.edu
           718-817-3739
  • Title of Project: Fordham Resident Alcohol Prevention Program
  • U01 Researcher Collaborator: Robert Saltz, Ph.D.
  • NIAAA Scientific Staff Collaborator: Peggy Murray, M.S.W.


  • Summary:
    Fordham University, Office of Student Affairs, in partnership with the Center for Ethics Education, proposes to fortify its current alcohol prevention efforts through a multi-faceted program aimed at increasing enforcement of university drinking rules, countering resident drinking norms, and decreasing student resident drinking. The Fordham Resident Alcohol Prevention Program (RAPP) will introduce (a) an intensive parental notification policy including appointment of a new Assistant Director of Alcohol Education and Parent Liaison; (b) an Ethics and College Drinking training program for RDs/RAs to increase enforcement of and communication about the rationales for university alcohol policies; (c) peer education through a Sophomore-to-Freshman Stop Campus Drinking Fair; and (d) faculty-freshman dinner discussions to frame drinking policies within Fordham’s university-wide mission to transform students into citizens who embrace the values of personal and social responsibility. Over a 3-year period, the project will use a cross-sectional-longitudinal intervention-comparison residence design to measure predicted effects of the RAPP including (1) decreases in student alcohol expectancies and Residential Life recorded and student self-reported alcohol and alcohol related violations; (2) increases in student college adjustment and situational confidence; and (3) increased interactions among parents, students, and the Liaison for alcohol prevention.

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