Education on Drug Use & Addiction

MAPme uses cutting-edge research methods and education tools to promote better health and well-being. MAPme’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Rohan Palmer, recently created an innovative course (PSYCH 180: Research on College Drug Use) at Emory University that exposes undergraduates like you to research on the topic of drug use among undergraduate students. The PSYCH 180 ¬†course is especially geared towards freshmen. Students in the course¬†get hands-on research experience by analyzing data provided by Emory University respondents. By participating in MAPme, your de-identified data may be used to help teach students in PSYCH 323. Dr. Palmer also teaches, PSYCH 223/720P: Behavioral Effects of Drugs, which provides a more in-depth examination of the biological, clinical, and sociological aspects of drug addiction.

PSYCH 180 was recently taught in the spring semester of 2018. Past students examined questions of their interest using de-identified data from Emory’s 2017 National College Health Assessment Survey:

Past students learned:

  • How to generate hypotheses
  • Conduct statistical tests
  • Create research posters
  • Public speaking skills

Here are some of the past research questions examined:

  • Is binge drinking associated with risky sexual behavior?
  • Can drinking patterns predict interpersonal violence?
  • Is marijuana really a “gateway” into other drugs such as heroin?
James Swanson, Biology Major – Class of 2021. James is now also a MAPme Ambassador.
Ayushi Agarwal, Psychology Major, Class of 2021. Ayushi is now also a MAPme Ambassador.

See a copy of the syllabus here.


September 2020