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Susan Bruce Heads U.Va. Center Focusing On Preventing Alcohol And Substance Abuse

September 13, 2000 -- Susan Bruce has been named director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Alcohol and Substance Education (CASE). She started the position this summer.

Bruce’s career has centered on student health issues. Before assuming her new role as CASE director, she served from 1998 until July 2000 as the assistant director for health promotion at James Madison University, where she coordinated social norms marketing projects to reduce substance abuse and sexual assault.

U.Va.’s CASE, an organization under the Office of the Dean of Students, provides a variety of educational programs aimed at promoting healthy behaviors. Its efforts include educational workshops for residence houses, fraternities, sororities and other student groups.

In her work to promote healthier behaviors on college campuses, Bruce agrees with others in the field that "effective alcohol education efforts are comprehensive, intensive, relevant to the audience, and deliver positive messages." Bruce says that she believes a majority of U.Va. students share her goal of reducing the negative consequences of substance abuse. One of her primary objectives is "maintaining and increasing communication and planning with students to develop relevant and effective programs."

Bruce earned her B.A. in English in 1989 and her M.Ed. in counselor education in 1991 from U.Va. From 1991 until 1993, she served as a health educator for the University’s Institute for Substance Abuse Studies, which became CASE in 2000.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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