Here are copies of the information mailed to all parents of incoming VCU freshmen over the summer:

Letter to Parents from the Well

Tips on Talking to Your Child About Alcohol

Letter to Parents from Spit for Science Principal Investigators

Please review the project's consent forms to learn specific information about each component of Spit for Science.

The Wellness Resource Center

The "Well" provides an array of services and resources for VCU students on health topics including alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault and rape, stress management, and tobacco use.


The Human Genome Project

Here are two links that contain basic information about the human genome project, as well as extensive educational resources about genetics and the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding genetic research, including downloadable presentations:


The Personal Genome Project

The Personal Genome Project describes an effort led by a scientist at Harvard to get 100,000 people to volunteer to make their personal genomes and medical information publicly available on the web.


Drs. Kendler and Dick

The Spit for Science project was developed by two award winning researchers, Drs. Kendler and Dick. Dr. Kenneth Kendler is the Rachel Brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and the director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG) of Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Danielle Dick is a Professor of Psychology, African American Studies, and Human and Molecular Genetics. She is also the director of the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute.


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The NIAAA contains many resources about alcohol use and efforts to reduce risky alcohol use. The following links may be of particular interest:

  • Rethinking Drinking - evidence-based information for the 3 in 10 U.S. adults who drink more than the low-risk limits, along with support for making a change.
  • College Drinking Prevention - your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
  • Parenting to Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use - a research-based flyer that describes how parents can play an important role in helping their children develop healthy attitudes toward drinking while minimizing its risk.
  • Beyond Hangovers: Understanding Alcohol's Impact on Your Health - discusses alcohol's effects on the human body including the heart and liver, but also its lesser-known effects, such as those relating to immune system function.


The College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute

COBE’s mission is to promote behavioral and emotional health in college communities through the integration of research with coursework, programming, and policy related to behavioral and emotional health. COBE offers a supportive community to build research collaborations and to promote career development among affiliated faculty. Any faculty member who is involved in some aspect of the mission of promoting behavioral and emotional health in college populations through the integration of research, teaching, programming, and policy can be formally affiliated with the institute.