Special Events, Meetings and Activities

Symposium for PEP-AH members


PEP-AH members are invited to attend a symposium to learn about campus-based interventions that reduce alcohol-related harms among college and university students.

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Location: Grand Times Hotel Sherbrooke, 1 rue Belvédère, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1H 0G8

First meeting objectives:

  • Hear from international experts, network with colleagues working to reduce alcohol harms on Canadian campuses, and learn more about strategies and programs targeting individual students, the campus culture and surrounding communities.

Program at a Glance: 

  • PEP-AH’s Advisory Committee is proud to present the symposium program. Download the Program at a Glance
    Note: The program is subject to change. Updates will occur as additional details become available.


Keynote Speakers:
Tim Dyck
University of Victoria
An attempt at collaborative culture shift around alcohol on campus: why, how and to what results?
Tim Dyck joined the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) at the University of Victoria in 2006. He serves as a research associate in CISUR’s knowledge mobilization unit in the Vancouver office. Since 2007, he has been involved in an advisory role to assist the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses initiative that CISUR serves. He is part of HM|HC’s support team and has especially been involved in helping the HM|HC’s initiative on Changing the Culture of Substance Use from its inception in 2012. Tim’s focus has been on encouraging campuses to consistently apply a health promotion approach as the most appropriate framework for addressing substance use in its context.

Jocelyne Faucher
Sherbrooke University
Building capacity at the community level for effective interventions: Sherbrooke universities and Sherbrooke ville en santé.
Jocelyne Faucher, a professor with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sherbrooke University, has over 28 years of management experience, acquired first in the health field, then in academia. She is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, from which she earned the title of fellow, and holds a masters degree in health services administration from the University of Montreal and a certification in corporate governance from Laval University.

In 2004, Jocelyne was named secretary of the faculty and vice-dean of student life. General secretary for Sherbrooke University since 2009, she was also vice-president (international relations) from 2009 to 2017. Co-chair of the France-Quebec Council for University Cooperation from 2010 to 2014, she was awarded the rank of knight of the Order of Academic Palms of the French Republic.

Jocelyne works in close collaboration with student associations and has worked to promote responsible use of alcohol and reduce alcohol-related harms. Sherbrooke University has also contributed to the Youth Alcohol Use and Its Harms: Case Study in the Community of Sherbrooke study and the Canadian Postsecondary Education Alcohol and Drug Use National Survey pilot project, which helped raise the awareness of concerned stakeholders and bring forward new practices.

Darren Kruisselbrink
Acadia University
Who is most likely to help? An examination of alcohol-related bystander behaviours on campus
Darren Kruisselbrink is a professor in the School of Kinesiology at Acadia University. He is a charter member of PEP-AH’s Advisory Committee and is the co-chair of the Data Management Working Group. He developed Acadia’s alcohol use survey and has used it to monitor patterns of alcohol use, and its consequences and culture at Acadia University since 2011, when the university joined the U.S.-based National College Health Improvement Program Learning Collaborative on High Risk Drinking. As a member of the Data Management Working Group and working in conjunction with Health Canada, Darren helped shape the alcohol questions contained in the newly developed Canadian Postsecondary Alcohol and Other Drugs Survey.

Jennifer Merrill
Brown University
Novel targets and technologies to address heavy drinking and consequences on campus
Jennifer Merrill is an assistant professor at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo in 2012, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Rhode Island. She has primarily focused on investigating the causes and consequences of alcohol misuse among young adults, with a particular interest in the subjective evaluation of alcohol-related consequences.

In 2014, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded Jennifer a career development award to examine the impact that event-level alcohol-related consequences have on subsequent drinking decisions among heavy drinking college students. Most recently, she received a five-year grant from NIAAA to examine predictors and consequences of high-intensity drinking and alcohol-induced blackouts among young adult drinkers. She also collaborates on a study involving the delivery of alcohol norms information via text messaging to college student drinkers. She has current methodological interests in qualitative methods, ecological momentary assessment, advanced data analysis and intervention development.

Robert Saltz
Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, Calif
Why are efforts to prevent high-risk drinking by college students dominated by educational approaches?
Robert Saltz, PhD, has been involved in prevention research since co-founding the Prevention Research Center in 1983. His areas of expertise include the design and evaluation of community-level prevention interventions, prevention of alcohol-related harms among college students, structured observations, survey research, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and mathematical modelling. He conducted a multi-campus college prevention randomized trial involving 14 large public universities in California and funded by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The study included designing and implementing a risk management strategy for reducing alcohol-related problems among college students. He was also the lead for a randomized control trial of community-level interventions to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm in 12 cities in California, using another 12 cities as a control group.

Among his professional activities, Robert has served on several review committees for research funding, as a board member for the Society for Prevention Research and on several committees for the Research Society on Alcoholism. He served on the Surgeon General’s Workshop on Drunk Driving and the NIAAA’s Task Force on College Drinking. He has twice served on the advisory board of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. He has been a consultant to many colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Mark Wolfson
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Why are efforts to prevent high-risk drinking by college students dominated by educational approaches?
Mark Wolfson is professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He received his PhD in sociology from the Catholic University of America and completed post-doctoral training at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. He conducts research on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug and prescription drug use among youth and young adults, with a particular interest in community-based environmental strategies for prevention. He has led several randomized community trials, including the Study to Prevent Alcohol-related Consequences, which addressed high-risk drinking by college students using a community-organizing approach. This study was recognized as one of only six evidence-based environmental strategies in the 2016 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

Mark’s current research projects include an evaluation of North Carolina’s substance abuse prevention system and a collaborative study with the University of Kentucky seeking to improve messages promoting organized disposal of prescription drugs. He directs the North Carolina Behavioral Health Disparities Initiative and the Southeast Prevention Technology Transfer Center, and co-directs Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction. He has authored or coauthored over 100 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, as well as numerous reports, editorials and book chapters, and one book.