Overcoming an Epidemic: Opioids in Pennsylvania is a cross-platform media and outreach project produced by WPSU Penn State. The project was made possible with support from the Penn State Office of the Provost.


The goal of the project is to raise awareness of evidence-based practices, programs, and policies to prevent and treat opioid abuse, and to identify barriers that prevent the adoption and spread of these effective practices and policies.

Advisory Panel

Content Advisors

  • Cathy Arbogast, Program Administrator, Centre County Drug and Alcohol
  • Alice Yoder, Facilitator, South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition
  • Sue Grigson, Professor of Neural and Behavioral Science and Director of Penn State Addiction Center for Translation
  • Lisa Davis, M.H.A., Director Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Associate Outreach Professor of Health Policy and Administration
  • Susan McHale, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director, Social Science Research Institute and Associate Director, Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Stephanie Lanza, Director, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Outreach Advisors

  • Glenn Sterner, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Ph.D. in Rural Sociology, and principal investigator for multiple Justice Center studies focused on opioid abuse
  • Gary Miller, Executive Director Emeritus for World Campus and WPSU Board
  • Janet Welsh, Research Associate Professor, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center

Project Team

  • Executive Producer: Mindy McMahon
  • Director of Content Strategy: Cheraine Stanford
  • Creative Director: Cole Cullen
  • Project Manager: Cassie Caldwell
  • Video Producer/Director: Andy Grant
  • Podcast Producer/Director: Emily Reddy
  • Podcast Producers: Min Xian, Anne Danahy
  • Multimedia Director: Tom Wilson
  • Instructional Designer: Shawn Vashaw
  • Consulting Producer: Frank Christopher
  • Marketing/Events Lead: Laura Miller


Major support provided by:

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Additional support provided by:

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