An article that appeared in on June 5th highlights the research conducted by 2 of our affiliated scholars, Rutgers-Camden professors Stacia Gilliard-Matthews and Robin Stevens, who are hoping their study will help youths in high-crime and high-poverty neighborhoods in the city avoid drug and alcohol abuse.

“The multi-year survey, called “EPIC Camden,” is currently being conducted by Rutgers–Camden professors Stacia Gilliard-Matthews and Robin Stevens. With plans to gather stories, information and perspectives from 260 African American and Hispanic Camden residents between the ages of 13 and 30, the professors want to accomplish two goals: Show that a majority of youths are making efforts to avoid crime and drug abuse, and provide information for those in danger of falling into those two traps.” (

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