Staff


Amelia Arria

Amelia Arria

Co-Director

Amelia M. Arria, PhD, is the Co-Director of the Maryland Collaborative where she provides strategic oversight of the individual-level strategies and leads administering the Maryland College Alcohol Survey (MD-CAS), a survey designed to measure levels of alcohol use and excessive drinking, the alcohol-related consequences that drinkers experience, and the harms students experience as a result of other students’ drinking.

She is also the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and an Associate Professor with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Her research focuses on risk and resiliency factors associated with the development of mental health and substance use problems among adolescents and young adults, as well as the consequences of untreated mental health conditions and substance use.

She is the Principal Investigator on the College Life Study, a longitudinal prospective study of health-risk behaviors among college students. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles and much of her research has direct relevance to parents, clinicians and policy makers.

David Jernigan

David Jernigan

Co-Director

David Jernigan, PhD, is the Co-Director of the Maryland Collaborative and provides his expertise in the alcohol policy field overseeing the strategic implementation of evidence-based interventions at the environmental level for participating universities and for the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework II (MSPF II) initiative, a statewide effort working to reduce underage drinking among 12-20 year-olds and binge drinking among 18-25 year-olds in Maryland. Dr. Jernigan is also the Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).

Dr. Jernigan’s work has focused on public health practice with a particular interest in alcohol policy.  He has  written about and worked extensively in the field of media advocacy, the strategic use of mass media to influence public health policy. In that capacity, He has trained thousands of students and public health professionals in media advocacy and alcohol-problems prevention through the use of environmental-level strategies.

Dr. Jernigan has worked as an adviser to the World Health Organization and the World Bank, was principal author of WHO’s first Global Status Report on Alcohol and Global Status Report on Alcohol and Youth, and co-authored Media Advocacy and Public Health:  Power for Prevention, and Alcohol in the Developing World:  A Public Health Perspective.

Andrea Soong

Andrea Soong

Project Coordinator

Andrea Soong, MSPH, is the Project Coordinator for the Maryland Collaborative and works with Dr. Amelia Arria at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. She assists the partner universities with the implementation of the Maryland College Alcohol Survey (MD-CAS) and also manages the translation of research to effectively develop and utilize individual-level strategies to address excessive alcohol use.

Andrea previously worked as a Research Program Manager at the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she worked on several studies of secondhand smoke exposure in the US and abroad.

She earned her Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins in Health Education and Health Communication.

Molly Mitchell

Molly Mitchell

Program Manager

Molly Mitchell, JD, is the Program Manager for the Maryland Collaborative and works with Dr. Jernigan at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Molly oversees the daily operations of the initiative while providing technical assistance and trainings to the partner universities as they work to develop and implement interventions to change their environments that contribute to excessive alcohol consumption in and around their campus community. She also lends her expertise to the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework II providing guidance to the nine jurisdictions in Maryland working to reduce underage drinking among 12-20 year-olds and binge drinking among 18-25 year-olds in Maryland.

Molly brings years of experience consulting with local nonprofit organizations on substance abuse prevention and is a member of the Maryland Bar Association.

Cassandra Greisen

Cassandra Greisen

Communications

Cassandra Greisen, MPA, oversees the communications efforts for the Maryland Collaborative and is part of the technical assistance team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). She brings over 10 years of experience in the alcohol policy field and assists the partner universities with their strategies to address excessive alcohol consumption in and around their campus communities. She also works in partnership with the nine Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework II (MSPF II) jurisdictions throughout Maryland as they work to reduce underage drinking among 12-20 year-olds and binge drinking among 18-25 year-olds in Maryland.

Cassie is also the Associate Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth and Faculty Associate with the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at JHSPH where she is actively engaged on projects relating to alcohol marketing and alcohol outlet density and teaches a course on the theory and practice in campaigning and organizing for public health.

Martha Ruffin

Martha Ruffin

Sr. Research Program Coordinator

Martha Ruffin is a Senior Research Program Coordinator at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she serves as part of the technical assistance team providing leadership and coordination for both the Maryland Collaborative partner schools and the nine Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework II (MSPF II) jurisdictions working to reduce underage drinking among 12-20 year-olds and binge drinking among 18-25 year-olds.

Martha has spent much of her professional life working on policy initiatives related to health and human services. During her tenure with the Annie E Casey Foundation, Martha worked closely with strategic partners to promote the development and adoption of family strengthening and family economic success policies.