David Anderson serves as a Professor and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Health, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, College of Education and Human Development, at George Mason University. He serves as project director and researcher on numerous national, state and local projects, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on drug and alcohol issues, community health, and health communications; conducts needs assessments; prepares evaluation and analysis; and assists with strategic planning. His work emphasizes college students, youth, school and community leaders, program planners, and policy makers. Specialty areas include drug/alcohol abuse prevention, strategic planning and mobilization, communication and education, health promotion, and needs assessment and evaluation. He has produced, moderated or served as a guest on several television programs and has produced several multi-media resources.
Dr. Anderson promotes accountability and efficiency in policies, programs, and services, with attention to needs-based strategic planning initiatives. His writing, research, speaking and consultation emphasizes quality approaches among individuals, groups, organizations and agencies. His primary focus is with young adults and youth-serving organizations, promoting healthy choices and effective programmatic initiatives. He has worked on numerous projects with federal agencies (the U.S. Departments of Education, Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Justice), state agencies (Alcoholic Beverage Control, Department of Motor Vehicles), and national organizations (the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the North American Interfraternity Conference, and national fraternities).
He co-authors two national surveys on college drug/alcohol prevention efforts (The College Alcohol Survey: 1979-2009 and The Drug and Alcohol Survey of Community, Junior and Technical Colleges). He co-directed Promising Practices: Campus Alcohol Strategies project which published Sourcebook 2001, the Task Force Planner, the Task Force Planner Guide, and the Action Planner. He works on a variety of health and safety projects, including research and evaluation studies, communication campaigns, web-based resources, and public awareness initiatives. He has worked extensively with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and has published the IMPACT Evaluation Resource and Best of Choices: Alcohol Education 1998-2008. He has developed numerous risk assessment guides and resource materials, has conducted extensive training throughout the United States and Micronesia, and conducted academic program assessments for the University for Peace. He is the co-editor of Charting Your Course: A Lifelong Guide to Health and Compassion , which transformed into media-based resources: COMPASS: A Roadmap to Healthy Living, COMPASS Roadmap: Destination Health, and Legacy of Life: Promoting Healthy Futures.
Early in his career, he served as a student affairs administrator, with positions as Director of Residence Life at Ohio University, Director of Residential Life at Radford University, and Residence Hall Director at Ohio State University. He received his Bachelors Degree from Duke University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. His Masters Degree, from Ohio State University, is in Student Personnel Administration. His Ph.D. in Public Policy/Public Affairs is from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.