The Parent Communication with College Students about Alcohol (PACT) project was a 5-year longitudinal multi-site study in conjunction with Penn State University, which was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA; 5R01AA012529-13). The purpose of Project PACT was to gain a better understanding of parent-student communications, and how these communications influence college students’ alcohol-drinking behaviors throughout their college years. Other aims included examining students’ drinking patterns, consequences they experience as a result of drinking, attitudes towards drinking, as well as risk and protective factors associated with college student drinking. The study gathered data from incoming college student freshmen and their parents at Florida International University, Penn State University, and the University of Washington, and followed them over a 4-year time period.


Principal Investigator: Rob Turrisi, Ph.D. (Penn State University)

Co-Investigators: Michelle Hospital, Ph.D. & Mary Larimer, Ph.D. (University of Washington)


  • Varvil-Weld, L., Turrisi, R., Hospital, M., Mallett, K.A., & Bámaca-Colbert, M. (2014). Maternal and peer influences on drinking among Latino college students. Addictive Behaviors, 39(1), 246-252.