MASS Student’s Research Published
MASS student Melanie Hart’s research on musical preferences and novel drug experimentation was published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice. Working with Drs. Laura Agnich, Bryan Miller, and John Stogner, this research found that preferences for rap/hip-hop and rock music are associated with an increased likelihood of experimentation with the drug “purple drank,” a drink mixture containing codeine cough syrup, among college students. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Georgia Southern University. She has previously participated in the Undergraduate Research Program at Virginia Tech, researching the Actively Caring for People program for the prevention of school violence, and is currently working with Agnich studying school shootings.