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HECAOD Center Affiliates

The Higher Education Center is able to support campuses nationwide through the partnership and work of our Center Affiliates. Get to know the people who help extend the important work of the Higher Education Center.

Robert Chapman, PhDChapman.phd@gmail.com

Robert J. Chapman is an experience Counselor Educator with 40+ years of experience addressing Substance Use Disorders (SUD). For the past 25 years, his has focused on working with institutions of higher education regarding the development of effective, evidence-informed strategies to prevent high-risk collegiate drinking and the institutional policies related to their implementation.

Robert has earned a B.A. in Philosophy and M.S. Ed in Counseling from St. Bonaventure University and a PhD in Counselor Education from Syracuse University. He is retired from Drexel University in Philadelphia where he was an Associate Clinical Professor of Behavioral Health Counseling.  His professional interests include working with faculty, staff, and senior administrators to address the issues related to collegiate drinking and the development of effective strategies to increase retention and student success in achieving the two major objectives of contemporary collegians: (1) securing an education that results in meaningful professional employment, and (2) “having a good time”​ while doing so safely.

Regarding his work with institutions of higher education, he believes that “collegiate drinking”​ is less an issue of concern for IHEs than is the drinking that “some collegians” choose to pursue. Consequently, a proactive, solution-focused approach to addressing the collegiate drinking practiced by these high-risk drinkers will result in increased retention and academic performance, along with increases in the quality of life on American college and university campuses.


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M. Dolores Cimini, Ph.D. | dcimini@albany.edu

M. Dolores Cimini is a New York State licensed psychologist. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Cimini serves as the Assistant Director for Prevention and Program Evaluation at University at Albany Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She is also the Director of the University’s award-winning Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program and is also a Clinical Professor in the School of Education, overseeing eight courses in prevention, behavioral health promotion, and peer assistance and supervision. Recognizing the importance of linking science and practice in her work, Dr. Cimini has provided leadership on over 7 million in award-winning Federal, State, and private grant-supported projects at the University at Albany addressing alcohol and other drug use, sexual violence, mental health concerns and suicide prevention. The STEPS Comprehensive Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program developed by Dr. Cimini has earned ten national awards for best practices in behavioral health care and was listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) in January 2014 after undergoing rigorous peer review.

Dr. Cimini is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She served on the governance board of the American Psychological Association, where she is the outgoing Chair of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest; in this role, she has had leadership for reviewing and disseminating APA’s practice standards focused on serving diverse and underrepresented groups and the addressing of issues related to psychology and social justice. Dr. Cimini was recognized with an Outstanding Contribution to the Field Award from The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Drug issues and earned the Susan Sherer Award for Contributions to College Health from the New York State College Health Association in 2011. In 2012, she was recognized by President Barack Obama and the White House for her work in promoting access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for women with disabilities. Dr. Cimini has been involved in national-level advocacy efforts on behalf of behavioral health issues as they relate to young adults. She was involved in Congressional briefings in support of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) as part of the efforts of the White House Office of national Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and American Medical Association’s work in recognizing SBIRT as an insurance-reimbursable service within behavioral health. Dr. Cimini’s research-to-service work in SBIRT has helped to inform the President’s National Drug Control Strategy in 2008 and 2012.


Mary Jo Desprez, M.A.maryjod@med.umich.edu

Mary Jo is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her BA (1985) and MA (1987) from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She has worked in the field of college health/wellness for 20+ years. As Director of Wolverine Wellness at University Health Service she leads a team of professionals that provide primary leadership for student wellness initiatives including alcohol and other drug prevention, early intervention and recovery support, body image, eating disorders, sexual health, wellness coaching, and other college health related issues. She serves as the Co-Chair for the Student Life Health and Wellness Collect Impact initiative and the Ann Arbor Campus and Community Coalition (A2C3).  She was the former Co-Chair of the Michigan Campus Coalition (MC3). She was a Center Associate for the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention 2000-2012 (U.S Department of Education). In October 2010, she became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and a Co-Lead Facilitator for Leadershape, Inc. Mary Jo is also an adjunct instructor at Eastern Michigan University (since 1997).

In additional to her work at UHS she also conducts trainings and facilitates workshops on Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Resilience.

Current Projects

In her role as co-chair for the Student Life Health and Wellness Collective Impact Committee Mary Jo is working with a team of staff and students towards the adoption and implementation of a unified eight dimension model of well-being for the University of Michigan. Mary Jo is also working with a multidisciplinary team to develop a social marketing campaign to look at the intersection of alcohol and sexual assault in a high-risk population. Other significant current projects include: Law Enforcement Collaborative that brings together key campus and community staff to share data that will inform the development of a strategic plan for effective and evidence-based policy development and advancing the continued development of the U-M Collegiate Recovery Program.


Kim Dude, M. A. | DudeK@missouri.edu

Kim Dude has been working at the University of Missouri for the last thirty three years where she is the Associate Director of Student Life and the Director of the Wellness Resource Center. She created the Wellness Resource Center back in 1990 through a grant from the US Department of Education. She works with students, staff, faculty, community members and parents to help foster an environment that supports good decision making by our students. These issues include all aspects of wellness such as alcohol, tobacco, fitness, nutrition, stress, depression, traffic safety, sleep, time management, self-esteem, etc. Kim was recognized by the US Department of Education’s Network: Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Field award in 2003. She created the statewide prevention coalition called Missouri Partners In Prevention that includes 21 institutions of higher education throughout the state.  Kim has presented numerous programs at the US Department of Education Conference, the National Social Norms Conference, the NASPA Alcohol and Drug Conference, the Meeting of the Minds Conference and the National BACCHUS conference.

Kim loves working with the student volunteer peer educators, graduate assistants and full time staff to create and implement creative wellness initiatives throughout the year. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, biking, watching old movies and antiquing.


Blake Marble, M.Ed. | marble.11@osu.edu

Blake serves as an Assistant Director within The Ohio State University Student Life Student Wellness Center, overseeing alcohol and other drug education, nutrition education, and sexual health/wellness services. In addition, Blake supports holistic wellness programming efforts, overseeing the Wellness Ambassador peer education team. Blake graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and a Masters of Higher Education Administration. Blake has been at OSU Student Life Student Wellness since July, 2013.


Leslie Haxby McNeill, M.A.mcneillh@miamioh.edu

Leslie Haxby McNeill is the Associate Director in the Office of Student Wellness at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Leslie has been an integral part of developing Miami’s comprehensive strategy to reduce high risk drinking since 2001. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator on a number of state and federal grants, initiated peer education, and supervised the implementation of a number of strategies to address high risk drinking and drug use during her tenure with Miami University.

Her undergraduate degree in History is from Northern Illinois University where she was involved in a number of leadership positions and included in “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.”  Leslie completed her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at Michigan State University and worked in Student Affairs at the University of Southern California, Xavier University, and Miami University. She has been very involved in professional organizations at the state, regional, and national level including serving as President for the Ohio College Personnel Association. Leslie has received recognition for her work as an advisor to student groups including the BACCHUS Network National “Outstanding Advisor Award” and recipient of Miami’s inaugural award for outstanding student group advisor.

Through both personal and professional experiences, her passion is working with college students and adolescents to reduce high risk drinking. She made the transition to Prevention Specialist in 2000. In addition to instructor certification for the “PRIme for Life” and “CHOICES” curricula, Leslie serves as a volunteer facilitator for Pi Kappa Phi and is pursuing her Certified Prevention Specialist certificate in Ohio.

She and her husband live in Cincinnati and have two sons who are 21 and 19. She is a Certified Lay Speaker with the United Methodist Church and volunteers for several local causes.


Eric Smith, M. A. | ecs0012@auburn.edu

Eric serves as the Director of Health Promotion and Wellness Services at Auburn University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and history from Salisbury University and a Master of Arts in higher education from Ball State University.  Prior to working at Auburn University, Eric served in a variety of roles at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he became involved in health education, prevention, and cultivating a healthier campus environment.  When not in the office, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, running, biking, and racing in Ironman Triathlons.

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