Hazelden Adds Renowned Experts to Their MyStudentBody Team

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Two top executives from the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention have joined Hazelden.

"We consider it a great honor to have these noted leaders as part of the Hazelden family," said Nick Motu, publisher and vice president of marketing and communications at Hazelden.

Today, Hazelden, the country’s leading nonprofit provider of addiction treatment and education services, announced the expansion of their higher education team. With the cut of all support and funding to the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, the top two executives from the Center have joined Hazelden: former director John D. Clapp, Ph.D., and former associate director Tracy A. Tlumac, Ed.D. These two professionals are the leading experts in the nation for preventing alcohol and other drug use and sexual violence among college students. “We consider it a great honor to have these noted leaders as part of the Hazelden family,” said Nick Motu, publisher and vice president of marketing and communications at Hazelden.

Last fall, Hazelden acquired http://www.MyStudentBody.com, the most comprehensive online alcohol and drug education program for college students, from Inflexxion, Inc. This dynamic, interactive program takes an evidence-based approach to reducing the risk of alcohol and other drug abuse and sexual violence on college campuses. “Hazelden is well suited to address the unique needs of this specific audience with a proven-effective solution to help young adults live their best lives possible. Doctors Clapp and Tlumac will be an integral part of the MyStudentBody team,” Motu continued.

Dr. Clapp will consult with Hazelden on how to best enhance and expand Hazelden Publishing’s line of evidence-based programs, including MyStudentBody, to reach the collegiate and emerging adult market. Dr. Clapp said, “I am pleased to be aligned with an organization whose mission so closely reflects my own personal values. I look forward in assisting them as they help college students stay healthy while providing parents and campus administration the peace of mind in knowing their students are in an environment where they are not only safe, but can successfully thrive.” As a National Advisory Council member for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Dr. Clapp has more than two decades of experience in the field of alcohol and other drug prevention. Dr. Clapp’s extensive research has appeared in leading publications, including the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Addiction, Prevention Science, Drug and Alcohol Review, and Drug and Alcohol Dependence. He has been the principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health–funded studies, including an alcohol prevention study examining college students’ drinking environments.

With the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, Dr. Tlumac was instrumental in providing training on creating a range of services including primary prevention through supporting students in recovery. As national manager, higher education for Hazelden, she will use her experience and vast knowledge as a subject matter expert in the area of substance use and violence prevention. Dr. Tlumac expressed, “I am very honored and excited to be part of the Hazelden team. It is my goal to bring MyStudentBody to as many college campuses as possible, as I believe it is the definitive prevention program for this important group of future leaders.” Dr. Tlumac’s experience includes directing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–funded coalition “A Matter of Degree” at the University of Delaware, where she implemented environmental prevention strategies to reduce alcohol and other drug use rates among students.

Along with MyStudentBody, Hazelden Publishing offers proven-effective resources for students in kindergarten through college and into young adulthood including the best-practices manual, Preventing Binge Drinking on College Campuses. This book provides colleges and universities with an outline to successfully address and prevent the binge drinking epidemic that negatively affects students’ lives. Hazelden also provides programs specifically for the emerging adult market, including Tribeca Twelve, an alcohol- and drug-free housing complex in New York City for college students in recovery. Expansion of Hazelden’s youth treatment facility in Plymouth, Minnesota, includes customized clinical services for college students seeking sobriety.

About Hazelden
Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. Built on decades of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher education, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It currently has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, and Florida. Learn more at hazelden.org.

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