What is MAPme?

MAPme is a research and educational initiative where students and professors work together to understand how genes, cognitive abilities, and personality relate to lifestyle behaviors and mental well-being in college students, with a specific interest in substance use. Our main objective is to educate the study population of our findings, engage students in discussion around common health issue occurrences, and empower students to achieve better health. MAPme’s prospective goal is to develop an overall platform for universities to better understand their population with the purpose of creating appropriate health interventions using university resources, study results, classes, and events.

How Does it Work?

MAPme uses an anonymous platform to examine the relationship between neuropsychological functioning, mood, stress, and general health and well-being. Our particular interest is how neurocognitive functioning changes across the various stages of drug use. MAPme asks a wide range of questions, including those related to personality, sleep patterns, depression, family history, and more.


College is an important time in many people’s lives when individuals experience high levels of stress and independence. As such, individuals may develop patterns of heavy drinking or other drug use that may be difficult to quit after college. Alcohol and other substance use disorders affect around 1 in 4 college students. MAPme’s prospective research goal is to understand how our genes, cognitive abilities, and emotions interact to determine which individuals are most likely to “mature out” of risky drug use behaviors. Identifying correlates of “maturing out” will help to develop appropriate health interventions for college students that can prevent substance use disorders later in life.

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Emory University

Emory University, a leading research university, and one of only 65 universities in the Association of American Universities (AAU) is a top-ranked private institution located on a beautiful campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Emory is recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, and one of the world’s leading health care systems. Emory’s passion, Read More…


Kennesaw State University (KSU) is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country, a member of the University System of Georgia, and the third-largest university in the state. A leader in innovative teaching and learning, KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to its nearly 38,000 students. The university boasts  Read More…

Edward Waters University

Edward Waters University, formerly Edward Waters College, is Florida’s oldest independent institution of higher learning and the first established for educating African Americans in the state.  EWU is a private, historically black, urban university which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles  Read More…

Partner with Us

Given the success of the pilot cohort, we would like to partner with additional institutions in the Atlanta area to expand our project to underrepresented students in bio-psychological research. What are the benefits of having MAPme on your campus? Our outreach goals are to Engage, Educate, and Empower undergraduate students on mental health issues. Read More…

Interested in Participating?

This study comprises Emory and Oxford College students and Kennesaw State University first-year students. Emory MAPme Phase 8 will begin soon. If you participated in any of the previous Phases of MAPme, please check your Emory email for an invitation to participate in Phase 8 and earn an additional $15 in Amazon gift cards! Similarly for KSU MAPme, we will be sending an invitation to your KSU email!


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Monday - Thursday 8:00-5:00
Friday 8:00-2:00

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PAIS Building at Emory - 36 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA 30322
Email: bgaddiction@ emory.edu