About Us

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives is to reduce harm related to alcohol and other drug use at the University of Pennsylvania.  Key efforts focus on education, prevention and confidential, non-judgmental brief interventions for both individual Penn students and student groups.  In accordance with this mission, the office oversees policies, environmental management efforts and educational programs that encourage a safe and healthy campus environment for students.

Who We Are:


Noelle Melartin, Director (melartin@upenn.edu)

Noelle is the Director for the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives, after having served as the Associate Director for the office from 2010-2015. Noelle provides brief motivational harm-reduction interventions with individual students through the First Step program, as well as with cohorts through Group First Step. She received a BA in psychology from Wesleyan University and an MSW in clinical social work from Columbia University. While at Columbia, she completed field training at Barnard College in the Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program and the Furman Counseling Center.

Kenneth Galazka, Associate Director (kgalazka@upenn.edu)

Kenneth is the Associate Director at the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives. He received a BS in Psychology at the State University of New York at Oneonta, followed by an MSW in clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania, where he did his field work at Horizon House, a community mental health clinic, and the Outpatient Psychiatry Center at UPenn. Kenneth provides counseling to Penn students through the First Step brief intervention, designed to help students reduce the negative consequences of alcohol and other drug use.

Where We Are:

3611 Locust Walk (click for map of campus)
3rd Floor, Vice Provost for University Life Office
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-573-3525
Fax: 215-573-7944

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