Behavioral and Community Health
School of Public Health
ADVANCE Professor for the School of Public Health
Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. is a Professor and the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Her research has focused on the risk and resiliency factors associated with mental health and substance use problems among adolescents and young adults. She is the Principal Investigator of the NIDA-funded prospective College Life Study, which annually assessed the behavioral health of 1253 college students through their young adult years. Her most recent publications have clarified the impact of substance use, particularly excessive drinking and marijuana use, on academic achievement. She is the co-leader of the Maryland Collaborative, which provides training and technical assistance to a network of 17 colleges across the state that are committed to aligning their substance use prevention and intervention strategies with scientific evidence. Currently she is exploring community resilience and its impact on the behavioral health of populations. She has authored more than 170 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 is a first-generation college student and completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University, a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and postdoctoral training in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University.