Experts in the Field of Alcoholism-Substance Abuse Prevention
An assistant to the vice chancellor for Student Affairs, Major coordinates UNL's comprehensive approach to addressing high-risk behaviors on campus and in the community. She served as project director of NU Directions, implementing a strategic plan to reduce high-risk drinking among students. Major also serves as director of UNL's Center for Civic Engagement, developing leadership and service-learning initiatives for students.
Yan R. Xia is an associate professor in Child, Youth and Family Studies. Among other topics, she teaches addiction and violence in the family. Before joining the UNL faculty, she served as a research analyst at the Girls and Boys Town National Research Institute for Child and Family Studies. Xia's recent research has been focused in three areas: resiliency in immigrant families; adolescent behavioral health, particularly among Asian adolescents; and Chinese marriage and family. One of her research projects examines risk and prevention of substance abuse among Vietnamese youth.
Newman has been director of the Nebraska Prevention Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse since 1979. He was a member of the planning committee and an evaluator for NU Directions, a nationally recognized model campus alcohol program. The Prevention Center recently has focused on the Nebraska Collegiate Consortium, which coordinates campus alcohol programs among most higher education institutions in the state. For the past 20 years, he has studied alcohol use patterns in China, particularly the use of noncommercial-traditional alcohol. He is director of the University of Nebraska American Exchange Center at Xi'an Jiaotong University, in Xi'an China