Tweet from @NIAAAnews reading @NIAAAnews: "Emily Ramos, working with Dr. Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, found that in #college students higher social support was correlated with less #ecigarette usage and weakly correlated with increased #alcohol consumption. @VCU GREAT Program #NIAAATraining"

Research by Dr. Elizabeth Prom-Wormley and Emily Ramos was featured on the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Twitter feed on September 20. The study, titled “Is There an Association between Social Support and Substance Use in College Students?”, is part of the VCU Guided Research Experiences & Applied Training (VCU GREAT) program. Established in the fall of 2018, VCU GREAT provides undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with the opportunity to gain research skills training, work in campus research labs, and receive mentorship from VCU faculty researchers; it is funded by a grant from NIAAA and has a goal of not only training young researchers but diversifying the pipeline of scientists working in the fields of substance use and genetics research. To learn more about the VCU GREAT program, read the full VCU News Article.

A graduate of the VCU Master of Public Health program, Dr. Prom-Wormley, MPH ’99, is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Division of Epidemiology.