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Amelia Arria

Director, Center on Young Adult Health and Development
School of Public Health
Primary Expertise: 
Public Health
Substance Abuse

Amelia Arria is director of UMD's Center on Young Adult Health and Development. Since 2003, she has been the principal investigator on a prospective study of health-risk behaviors of college students.

Her expertise is regularly sought by national and international media, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Asian News International, New York Post, the Journal of the American Medical Association's Clinical Advisor, The Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, Time Magazine, HealthDay, and WebMD.

Arria's research interests also include:

  • Understanding risk and resiliency associated with adolescent and young adult drinking, illicit and nonmedical drug use and suicidal behavior
  • Evaluation of prevention, intervention and treatment programs
  • Investigating the prenatal effects of maternal drug exposure, and translating research findings for policy makers, parents and families


Ph.D. Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh
B.S. Human Development & Family Studies, Cornell University