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Center for Communication and Health Issues

Rutgers University
School of Communication and Information

 
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History

In the Fall of 1997, Rutgers Communication faculty members Linda Lederman and Lea Stewart worked with Lisa Laitman, Fern Goodhart, and Richard Powell, health educators and substance abuse counselors from Rutgers Health ´╗┐Services ´╗┐to create the Communication and Health Issues Partnership for Education and Research which soon became the Center for Communication and Health Issues (CHI). Building on ten years of previous qualitative study of student alcohol use at Rutgers, we began by collecting baseline quantitative data and designing and implementing evidence-based prevention programs based on our continuing data collection efforts. 

CHI members participate in a comprehensive environmental management approach to reducing dangerous drinking among our students. 

CHI members came together initially to study dangerous drinking on the campus and design education and treatment programs addressing issues of alcohol use among college students. We have also conducted research on cigarette smoking and nicotine addiction as well as participated in projects to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of in-person and online brief intervention.

For more information on CHI and our work, see Linda C. Lederman and Lea P. Stewart's Changing the Culture of College Drinking (Hampton Press, 2005).

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CHI Team

Main Office Staff

Lea P. Stewart, Ph.D.
Director
lstewart@rutgers.edu

Yvonne Sultan
Health Education Project Coordinator
(848) 932-7133
ysultan@rutgers.edu

Joseph Bae
Marketing Coordinator
(848) 932-7128
jobae@rutgers.edu

Yvonne Sultan, Joseph Bae, Dr. Lea Stewart

Yvonne Sultan, Joseph Bae, Dr. Lea Stewart

RUTGERS HEALTH SERVICES

Lisa A. Laitman, M.S. Ed., CADC
Director, Rutgers ADAP (Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program)

Polly McLaughlin (retired)
Director, Rutgers-Newark ADAP

Keith Murphy, LPC, LCADC
Recovery Counselor, Rutgers ADAP

Clarissa D'Ambra, LCSW, LCADC
Rutgers Health Services

Elizabeth Amaya-Fernandez, MPH
Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies


Community Partners

Frank Greenagel, LCSW, LCADC
Director of Family Program, College Recovery LLC

Senior Research Associate

Kathryn L. Greene, Ph.D., Rutgers

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Itzhak Yanovitzky, Ph.D., Rutgers
Hartmut Mokros, Ph.D., Rutgers
Shuktara Sen Das, Ph.D., Rutgers
Smita C. Banerjee, Ph.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Marina Kaim, Moldova State University, Republic of Moldova
Marie Haverfield, Ph.D., Center for Innovation to Implementation
Linda Costigan Lederman, Ph.D., Arizona State University

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Funding

2016-17 ($245,100)
Recovery@Rutgers: Sustaining an Environment That Supports Recovery and Promotes Responsible Choices
NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
(Stewart, PI; Laitman, Co-PI)

2014-16 ($490,200)
Recovery@Rutgers: Sustaining an Environment That Supports Recovery and Promotes Responsible Choices
NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
(Stewart, PI; Laitman & McLaughlin, Co-PIs)

2008-13 ($1,445,000)
Rutgers Coalition to Support Recovery and Environmental Change
NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
(Stewart, PI; Laitman & McLaughlin, Co-PIs)

2005-07 ($425,000)
Let's Talk About It: Using Experiential Learning and Curriculum Infusion to Reduce College Drinking
U.S. Department of Education
(Stewart, PI & Project Director)

2006-07 ($10,000)
A Personal Feedback Intervention for Incoming College Students
AACU Bringing Theory to Practice Project (supported by the Charles Engelhard Foundation) 
(Stewart, PI)

2003-08 ($6,000,000)
The Rutgers Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center (RTPRC)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Collaborative Project with the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies
(Pandina, PI; Stewart, Co-PI)

2000-01 ($98,000)
Model Program Grant: RU SURE? A Dangerous Drinking Prevention Program
U.S. Department of Education
(Stewart, Co-PI)

1998-2004 ($92,000)
Changing the Culture of College Drinking on the Rutgers University Campus
NJ Higher Education Consortium on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Education
(Stewart, Co-PI)

1998-2000 ($250,000)
RU SURE?: Changing the Culture of College Drinking by Correcting Student Misperceptions
U.S. Department of Education
(Stewart, Co-PI)