Maria Niitepold, Psy.D., is a 2023 graduate of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Karen Meteyer, PhD, Committee Chair
  • Katherine Evarts, PsyD, Committee Member
  • Barbara Belcher-Timme, PsyD, Committee Member


college students, binge drinking, fraternity, sorority, PBS, protective behavioral strategies

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One of the most problematic habits of college students, binge drinking, has been of particular interest among researchers as a result of the increased risk of harm experienced by students engaging in this high-risk behavior. Fraternity and sorority students have also come under scrutiny for habitually engaging in binge drinking and experiencing significant levels of negative consequences as a result. Little is currently understood about the differences between Protective Behavioral Strategy (PBS) use of Greek and non-Greek students. The aim of this study was to examine the differences in rates of binge drinking and PBS use among Greek and non-Greek students. This study also examined which PBS were used more frequently among fraternity, sorority, and non-Greek students. Results indicated that Greek students engaged in higher rates of binge drinking and utilized PBS at greater rates than their non-Greek peers. Male Greeks favored PBS such as drinking with friends, watching out for friends who have drank too much, using a designated driver, and eating a meal before drinking. Female Greeks favored similar PBS with the exclusion of eating a meal before consuming alcohol. These findings may help inform Greek-specific interventions to educate and help reduce risk of harm due to alcohol consumption on college campuses.


Maria Niitepold

ORCID Scholar ID# 0009-0009-2514-7870