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Harm Reduction with College Students: Lessons Learned

Harm Reduction with College Students: Lessons Learned

Join us for this webinar that will explore the foundations and nuances of implementing harm reduction approaches on campus from three experts in the field of substance misuse prevention. The webinar will help you to understand the impact of "action stage" messaging and gain insights into practical strategies to minimize risk among students. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your the toolkit for the work you do on campus! 


  • Rebecca L. Harrington, MA, Assistant Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, SUNY-Delhi
  • Jennifer J. Jacobsen, MPH, MA, Executive Director, Laurie Hamre Center for Health & Wellness, Macalester College
  • Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Washington

 Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to describe what it means to “do” harm reduction approaches on campus.
  • Participants will understand the limitations of “action stage” messages to people not yet thinking about change.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one harm reduction strategy associated with lower risk by students.

Jason R. Kilmer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychology

University of Washington

Dr. Jason Kilmer, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychology at UW. His research focuses on assessing prevention and intervention strategies for alcohol, cannabis, and other drug use among college students. With over 125 campuses nationwide, Jason has extensive experience working with various student groups, including athletes, fraternity and sorority members, and first-year students, implementing alcohol and drug prevention programs. 

In addition to his research and teaching roles, Jason is actively involved in student affairs, delivering presentations for intercollegiate athletics and residence life. He chairs the Washington state College Coalition on Substance Misuse, Advocacy, and Prevention (CCSAP). Jason has contributed to national initiatives, such as NYU’s National College Depression Partnership, Dartmouth’s National College Health Improvement Program, and NASPA’s 360 Proof project. He played a key role in developing the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (CollegeAIM). 

Recognized for his significant contributions, Jason received the National Prevention Network’s Award of Excellence in 2014 and the Washington State Prevention Professional Award of Excellence in 2017. His commitment to student affairs earned him the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award in 2017 and the 2018-2019 Research Award from NASPA’s Student Athlete Knowledge Community. Jason’s excellence in teaching was acknowledged with consecutive awards from the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Jen Jacobsen, MA, MPH

Executive Director of Health & Wellness

Macalester College

Jen Jacobsen, MA, MPH serves as the Executive Director of Health & Wellness at Macalester College; previously, she was in the role of Director of Health Promotion and Sexual Respect.  Prior to this, she was the Director of Wellness & Prevention and deputy Title IX coordinator at Grinnell College for over a decade.  Jen has participated in the NCAA Step UP! advisory board (writing the alcohol curriculum), the Division III Alcohol and Other Drug advisory group (including the revision of 360proof), and currently serves on NASPA’s Culture of Respect and the NIAAA College Working Group.  Jen’s primary areas of research and practice include active bystanderism, the role of alcohol in both sex and sexual assault, mental health promotion, the intersection of student affairs and athletics, and leveraging a public health approach to work on college campuses.  She is currently pursuing a DrPH with concentrations in implementation science and adolescent & emerging adult behavioral health.  As a Jeopardy! contestant in 2009, Jen's first correct answer was "drinks like a fish."

Rebecca Harrington, MA

Assistant Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities

SUNY Delhi

Rebecca Harrington, MA is the Assistant Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities at SUNY Delhi where she balances Title IX and prevention efforts for both sexual violence and substance use. She has worked in direct student prevention roles for over two decades. A key developer of the SUNY SPARC program has led to many service hours to the SUNY system’s sexual violence prevention resources which led to receiving the SUNY system Chancellor’s award in 2018 for Professional service to the system. Rebecca has also contributed to online wellbeing educational projects for the American College Health Association and Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative. Her most recent bucket list check off was a Fall 2023 interview for NPR’s morning edition on  the importance of fentanyl test strip education on college campuses.


Recorded 03/20/2024  |  60 minutes
Recorded 03/20/2024  |  60 minutes
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