Prescription drug abuse has significantly increased over the past ten to fifteen years; especially on college campuses. This growing problem is one many people are aware of, but few are talking about. My research agenda focuses on learning more about the phenomenon of prescription drug abuse particularly opiates (Oxycontin and Vicodin) and stimulants (Adderall and Ritalin). A lot of research has been conducted on undergraduate students, but yesterday's undergraduate students are today's graduate students, which currently remains relatively unstudied. Graduate students’ experience similar, if not more, stressors as undergraduates; however, few people study their experiences with prescription drugs. My expertise began with prescription drug abuse after becoming exposed to students who engaged in the dangerous behavior at a previous institution. The cavalier attitude with which students were using these drugs startled me and I refused to see more students go through the pain of addiction. The rest of my work focuses on Entry Level Experiences of student affairs staff. Specifically, I am interested in the competencies staff learn in their first three to four years working in higher education. Additionally, I am curious as to why staff decide to leave the field. I obtained my Ph.D. and M.S. at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Higher Education Administration in May of 2012 and College Student Personnel in August of 2007, respectively. While obtaining my degrees, I worked for the Department of University Housing. Prior to The University of Tennessee I worked at Shenandoah University briefly after graduating from Christopher Newport University with my B.A. in philosophy. I am currently working at the University of West Georgia as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and College Student Affairs.
Adderall Abuse on College Campuses: A Comprehensive Literature Review, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work (2012)
Prescription stimulant abuse has dramatically increased over the past 10 years, but the amount of...