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Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

Our Staff

Aimee Hourigan

Title: Director
Substance Abuse Prevention and Education
Phone: 803-777-3844
Fax: 803-777-4874
Office: Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center, Suite 301B
Aimee Hourigan

I am excited about building a campus culture that supports healthy choices, academic success, and inclusion for everyone. 


Contact for

Carolina Community Coalition, grants and research projects, statistics related to student behavior.


Before coming to UofSC in July 2016, Aimee worked for 11 years coordinating a comprehensive prevention and education program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her past experiences include working with peer educators, incorporating technology into interventions, and developing a collegiate recovery community. She began her career in health and wellness at James Madison University and worked as an area coordinator at the University of Alabama.


Graduate Certificate in Public Health Concepts, UNC Chapel Hill

M.Ed. College Student Personnel Administration, James Madison University

B.A. Psychology, Queens College

Recent Presentations

Capel, J. & Hourigan, A. A Protest without a Picket Sign: Local Bars’ Alcohol License Renewals. International Town-Gown Association Conference, May 2021.

Hourigan, A. & Klarić, B. Staffing, Strategies, Enforcement, and Graduation: Correlations in a State-wide Needs Assessment. NASPA Strategies Conferences, January 2021.

Hourigan, A. & Buzan, C. Not Your Average Late Night on Campus. Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery National Meeting, August 2020.

Hourigan, A. & Klarić, B. Calming the Tides: Improving Retention and Mental Health Through Effective Prevention. South Carolina College Personnel Association Annual Conference, March 2020.

Hourigan, A., Nix, S., & Shook, M. Drunk Sex? Finding Common Language to Discuss Incapacity with Students. NASPA Strategies Conferences, January 2020.

Hourigan, A. Asking the Right Questions: Integrating Mental Health Screening into BASICS. University System of Georgia AOD & Wellness SUMMIT, May 2019.

Hourigan, A. Prescription Drug Misuse: Trends & Strategies for Prevention and Intervention. University System of Georgia AOD & Wellness SUMMIT, May 2019.


Lindsay, N., Hourigan, A., Smist, J., & Wray, L. (2013). “Let Me Be Direct” Using Direct Assessments with Student Leaders. About Campus, 17(6).

Mayhew, M. J., Klein, S., Behringer, L.B., Ulrich, A.S., Caldwell, R.J., Hourigan, A.J. (2011). Curricular Accountability: Living-learning Communities and Their Effects on High-risk Drinking. Journal of the First-year Experience and Students in Transition, 23(1).

Mayhew, M. J. , Caldwell, R. J. , Hourigan, A. J. (2008). The Influence of Curricular-based Interventions within First-year “Success” Courses on Student Alcohol Expectancies and Engagement in High-risk Drinking Behaviors. NASPA Journal, 45(1). Available:


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Outside of work, Aimee ensures her two adorable children go to sleep early by enjoying all of the outdoor adventures that Columbia has to offer.


Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

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