Michael McNeil, EdD

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
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Dr. McNeil is the Chief of Administration for Columbia Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to his current role he led health promotion offices at three campuses, including Alice! Health Promotion at Columbia University. He also led the development, implementation, and evaluation of multiple national award winning health promotion efforts. He has served as the member and Chair of sections, taskforces, and committees for NASPA, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and the American College Health Association. His varied contributions to the field include having served as an expert on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs for ACHA and BACCHUS and leading the BACCHUS Sexperts for the last 15 years. Dr. McNeil proudly serves as the leading publisher behind the Go Ask Alice! Health Q&A Website, globally rated as the most reliable online source of health information. His research interests span a broad range of topics in student health and student affairs. He has conducted studies on linking health promotion with student academic success, professional preparation regarding health promotion in higher education, and is current preparing manuscripts addressing topics including the spectrum of sexual infections, and a temporal exploration of alcohol use in college undergraduates. Additionally, Dr. McNeil is the author of dozens of practice-oriented articles, hundreds of presentations, and multiple book chapters.

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1994 University of Central Florida
  • MS, 1997 Florida State University
  • Other, 2008 Certified Health Education Specialist
  • EdD, 2012 Nova Southeastern University

Honors & Awards

Fellow, American College Health Association

Creating a Tobacco Free Generation Leadership Award


Selected Publications

McNeil, M. (2017). Time Management: Finding Balance to Do It "All", in D. Anderson (ed.), Further Wellness Issues for Higher Education. New York, NY: Routledge.

McNeil, M. (2015). Sleep: Enhancing Your Bedtime Performance, in D. Anderson (ed.), Wellness Issues for Higher Education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Goodwin, R.D., Keith, D., McNeil, M.P., Silver, R., & Hart, C.L. Frequent marijuana use, binge drinking and mental health problems among undergraduates. (2015). American Journal on Addictions.

Goodwin, R.D., Grinberg, A., Shapiro, J., Keith, D., McNeil, M.P., Taha, F., Jiang, B., & Hart, C.L. (2014). Hookah use among college students: Prevalence, drug use, and mental health. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 141, 16-20.

Grizzell, J. & McNeil, M. (2007, February). Linking health to academic success and retention. Student Health Spectrum.

Becker, C.M., Johnson, H., McNeil, M.P., & Warren, K. (2006). Creating partnerships on campus to facilitate practical experiences. College Quarterly, 9(3).