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Because of the creative and data-driven interventions conducted by the Well, VCU has received national recognition and has been twice designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a “Model Program for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.” In 2005, The Well was awarded $75,825 to create, evaluate and disseminate findings about alcohol and drug prevention using audience response technology (“clickers”). In 2008, the Well received an award for $129,705 to continue reducing high risk drinking on campus. The 2008 -2010 Model Program Award focused on an environmental campus alcohol assessment and a randomized intervention-comparison group study to examine the effect of adding audience response technology to traditional alcohol education classes for judicially sanctioned students. Clicker-enhanced brief live interactive normative group (BLING) sessions during Welcome Week were employed to reduce high-risk drinking among first year college students. This article was published in January 2010 in College Health in Action. During the same year, another article was accepted for publication in the Journal of American College Health on the impact of clickers on the effectiveness of social norms campaigns. In addition, The Well was also awarded the 2010 Best Practices in College Health Award by the American College Health Association for the Clicker Enhanced Social Norms Marketing Campaign from the American College Health Association.


Dick, D, and Hancock, L. (2015) Integrating Basic Research with Prevention/Intervention to Reduce Risky Substance Use among College Students. Frontiers in Psychology.

Hancock, L., Vatalaro Hill, K. and Barber, J. (2010). Using audience response technology in brief live interactive normative group (BLING) sessions to reduce high-risk drinking in first year college students. College Health in Action, 49. 

Killos, L.F, Hancock, L.C., Wattenmaker McGann, A. and Keller, A.E. (2010). Do “Clicker” Educational Sessions Enhance the Effectiveness of a Social Norms Marketing Campaign. Journal of American College Health, 59, :3, 228-231.

Moore, M., Javier, S. Abrams, J., Wattenmaker McGann, A. and Belgrave, F. (2016). Ethnic Comparisons in HIV Testing Attitudes, HIV Testing, and Predictors of HIV Testing Among Black and White College Students. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Disparities, 3:2, DOI 10.1007/s40615-016-0259-3.

Rodriguez, D., Cannito-Coville, M. & Robertson, T., (In Press). Black Masculinity and Surveillance: Gender and Racial Performance in K – 12 Contexts. Leadership, Equity, and Social Justice in American Higher Education: A Reader. Edited by C. P. Gause.

Savage, J. E., Neale, Z., Cho, S. B., Hancock, L., Kalmijn, J. A., Smith, T. L., Schuckit, M. A., Donovan, K. K. and Dick, D. M. (2015), Level of Response to Alcohol as a Factor for Targeted Prevention in College Students. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39: 2215–2223. doi: 10.1111/acer.12874

Whitepaper, “Interrupting Violence on Campus: Engaging Men as Allies. A Primer for Starting a Campus Men’s Group,” Tremayne Robertson in collaboration with Campus Answers, September 2015.

Awards and Recognition 

● VCU Division of Student Affairs Dedicated Service Award- Amanda McGann

● VCU Division of Student Affairs Commitment to Developing Others- Tremayne Robertson

● National Association of Student Personnel Administrators BACCHUS Initiatives Outstanding Advisor, 2016- Tremayne Robertson

● VCU Top 10 Under 10 presented by VCU Alumni Association - Fatima Smith