Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and a Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. As a first-generation college student, she received a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and completed postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has authored more than 180 scientific peer-reviewed publications, numerous white papers and book chapters, and has received grant awards from foundations, and state and federal agencies. Her research is focused on mental health and substance use among adolescents, young adults, and in particular college students. A main thrust of her current work is the connection between behavioral health and academic achievement. She is passionate about translating research findings for practical purposes to be used by parents, policy makers, and educational professionals. She is the Principal Investigator of the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, a network of 18 universities in Maryland utilizing evidence-based practices to address excessive drinking and other substance use among college students.