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Dr. David S. Anderson
PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development
Center Director, Center for the Advancement of Public Health

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Dr. Anderson combines scholarly research with applications at the local, state and national level. As Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Health [], he directs numerous research and community service projects. His research emphasizes college students, school and community leaders, youth, program planners, and policy makers.

Dr. Anderson co-authors national surveys on drug/alcohol prevention efforts, at the college, community college and secondary school level. He is co-director of the Understanding Teen Drinking Cultures in America project, a research initiative involving quantitative and qualitative strategies [see]. He co-authors the College Alcohol Survey, the nations longitudinal survey of four-year college efforts addressing alcohol, drug, tobacco and violence (1979 - 2018). He co-directed the Promising Practices: Campus Alcohol Strategies project which includes a family of resources (Sourcebook, Task Force Planner, and Action Planner) [see]. His award-winning project Healthy Expectations, with COMPASS: A Roadmap to Healthy Living, emphasizes life health planning and healthy transitions to college; this has resulted in a resource guide [COMPASS Roadmap: Destination Health] helpful for organizations seeking to replicate the initiative [see]. He recently publlished Best of CHOICES: Alcohol Education 1998-2008 with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Prior to arriving at Mason in 1987, he served as a student affairs administrator at Ohio University, Radford University, and The Ohio State University.

Research Interests
  • College and youth substance abuse prevention strategies
  • Technology and health promotion
  • Health and safety communication
  • Holistic health
  • Strategic planning and organization change
  • Needs assessment
  • Program evaluation
  • Accountability
Recent Publications
  • COMPASS Roadmap: Destination Health (replication guide)
  • COMPASS: A Roadmap to Healthy Living (online and CD-Resource, 2008 and 2005)
  • Best of CHOICES: Print and DVD Resource
  • IMPACT Evaluation Resource
  • STEP (Seniors and Trauma survivors Empowerment Program) Peer Companion Curriculum
  • Loudoun Youth Study 2006: Report of Findings
  • 2009 College Alcohol Survey (1979 - 2009)
  • The Alcohol Summit: A Roadmap for Fraternities and Sororities
  • Best Practices: Strategies, Insights and Applications for Addressing Alcohol Issues with Fraternities and Sororities on Americas College and University Campuses
  • Sourcebook 2001, Promising Practices: Campus Alcohol Strategies
  • Distracted Driving: Review of Current Needs, Efforts and Recommended Strategies
  • "Drugs, Alcohol and Youth: Strategies to Make a Difference"
  • "Virginias College Students: Reversing Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Problems"
  • "Virginia College Alcohol Abuse Prevention Standards"
  • "Drugs, Alcohol and Youth: Strategies to Make a Difference"
  • Steps for Developing a Comprehensive Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program: An Action Planner
Charting Your Course: a life-long guide to health and compassionPromising Practices: Campus Alcohol StrategiesPromising Practices: Action PlannerPromising Practices: Task Force PlannerA Step-by-Step Guide to Planning and Implementing Evaluation StrategiesNCAA: Impact Evaluation ResourceAlcohol 101 Plus: Facilitator's GuideStudy of Driver's License Options for Applicants Age 70 or Older in VirginiaDistracted Driving: Review of Current Needs, Efforts and Reccomended StrategiesYoung Drivers: A Study of Policies and Practices
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