The University of Central Florida was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Model Program. The REAL Project substance use prevention and intervention services and the Clinical Psychology SURG lab (Substance Use Research Group) were recognized a Model of Exemplary, Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program on College Campuses. The Department of Education’s defines an Exemplary program as: A program that has a strong theoretical base and demonstrated effectiveness in reducing alcohol or other drug abuse among college students or reducing problems resulting from alcohol or other drug use among college students, using a research design of the highest quality.
The REAL Project and the SURG lab were recognized for their theory to practice efforts in developing evidence based intervention strategies. Research was conducted by Clinical Psychology faculty Mike Dunn, and Tom Hall, Sociology doctoral student and Di-rector of the Student Development and Enrollment Services REAL Project. As an Exemplary site, UCF is expected to disseminate our findings and provide technical assistance to colleges and universities throughout the country.
The Florida Department of Children and Families was awarded $750,000 by the US Department of Education to decrease underage drinking among college students. Tom Hall, Sociology doctoral studentcontributed to the grant proposal. The funding will provide technical assistance to Institutions of Higher Educa-tion in Orange, Alachua, Leon and Hillsborough counties through the development of the Florida Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug and Violence Prevention. As the chair of the Florida Higher Education Alliance for Substance Abuse prevention, Mr. Hall will oversee the Development of this Center.