Substance Misuse & Mental Health

Penn State has made it a priority to find solutions to the problems of substance abuse and poor mental health. The university hosts the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and the newly-formed Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) to help find research-based solutions to this global epidemic.

  • Ben Locke

    Senior Director for Counseling & Psychological Services

    Health & Medicine

  • Susan McHale

    Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

    Health & Medicine, Social Sciences

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than 130 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. Penn State hosts the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and the newly-formed Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) to help find research-based solutions to adress substance misuse and mental health.

  • The Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State (CCMH) is one of the nation’s largest databases on college student mental health. CCMH actively develops clinical tools, reports and research using this data.
  • Rather than focusing on the treatment of diseases, or on the consequences of academic failure or criminal activity, the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center conducts and leverages research to create programs designed to prevent these and other devastating outcomes before they occur.
  • The Penn State Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) is a new initiative bringing together experts from across disciplines to combat this crisis through data-driven, evidence-based innovation.
Ben Locke

Ben Locke

Senior Director for Counseling & Psychological Services,
Director for the Center for Collegiate Mental Health

Expertise:

  • Health & Medicine

Focus Areas:

  • Collegiate Mental Health

Contact Ben Locke with questions about: College student mental health in higher education

Susan McHale

Susan McHale

Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies,
Director for the Social Science Research Institute,
Associate Director for the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Expertise

  • Health & Medicine
  • Social Sciences

Focus Areas:

  • Family Dynamics
  • Family Gender Dynamics
  • Sibling Relationships

Contact Susan McHale with questions about: Children's and adolescents' family relationships, sibling relationship dynamics, family as a context for gender socialization

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