Dr. Ashley L. Merianos, Assistant Professor in the Health Promotion and Education Program, is the proud recipient of the CECH Health Research Rising Star Award. This award is given to a person who is active in health-related research and who will be the future of UC’s research prowess. Dr. Merianos’ research expertise and interest areas include substance use prevention and control and child and adolescent social and behavioral epidemiology. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has disseminated her research findings in over 30 national presentations. She has also secured several grants to fund her research and is currently working on an external grant submission. Her long-term research goal is to be a leading investigator in the field of substance use prevention and control with a nationally funded program of research. Dr. Merianos was presented with the Rising Star Award at UC’s Research Week Opening Ceremony on Monday, April 18, 2016.