Michael P. McNeil

Dr. Michael McNeil joined Columbia Health in 2006.  In addition to leading Administration he is the Program Director for Columbia's Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (#787) and has a faculty appointment in SocioMedical Sciences at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. Michael also serves as the Vice Chair of the American College Health Foundation.

Prior to joining Columbia, Michael led the health promotion office and was an adjunct faculty member at two other universities. He has been involved with a number of professional organizations including the American College Health Association, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, The BACCHUS Network, and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Michael holds a B.A. in Sociology, an M.S. in Health Education, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership. Michael spent the first 12 years of his life living outside the United States. To date he has lived in six countries on four continents. When not working, Michael is an avid traveler (50+ countries on all seven continents and all 50 states), a consumer of good coffee, a commercial aviation enthusiast, and (very) amateur stand-up comedian.


  • Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
  • M.S., Florida State University
  • B.A., University of Central Florida

Certifications and Licensure:

  • Certified Health Education Specialist
  • Treating Nicotine Dependence, Mayo Clinic
  • HIV Pre/Post Test Counseling
  • Pharmacology, Florida School of Addiction Studies
  • Conflict Resolution, Florida School of Addiction Studies
  • Naloxone Trainer (OOPP #787)

Professional Experience:

  • Temple University
  • Oswego State University (SUNY)
  • American College Health Association
  • Florida Department of Health


Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Shelton, R.C., Goodwin, K., McNeil, M., Bernitz, M., Alexander, S.P., Parish, C., Brotzman, L., Lee, M., Li, W., Makam, S., Ganek, N., Foskett, D., Warren, C., & Metsch, L.R. (2023). Application of The Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to inform understanding of barriers and facilitators to the implementation of opioid and naloxone training on college campuses.  Implementation Science Communications, 4.  

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

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

Reviews, Chapters, & Editorials

  • McNeil, M. & Bernitz, M. (2023). Over-the-counter Narcan will work - Once we learn how to use it. The Hill [Online]. 

  • McNeil, M. (2021). Beyond Universal, in D. Anderson & T. Hall (eds.), Leading Campus Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention. NASPA.

  • McNeil, M. & Davidson, E. (2021). Sleep on College and University Campuses, in J. Vaughn & A. Viera (eds.), Principles and Practice of College Health. Springer.

  • Bernitz, M., McNeil, M., & Casani, J. (2021). Campus Management of Infectious Disease Outbreaks, in J. Vaughn & A. Viera (eds.), Principles and Practice of College Health. Springer.

  • McNeil, M. (2017). Time Management: Finding Balance to Do It “All”, in D. Anderson (ed.), Further Wellness Issues for Higher Education. Routledge.

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

  • McNeil, M. (2008). I said no to drugs, but the drugs wouldn’t listen, in R. Chapman (ed.) Collegiate Drug Use: A New Look at an Old Issue (pp. 93-104). Rowan, NJ: Rowan University.

Select Other Publications

  • McNeil, M. (2011, Fall). K-2, Spice, Bath Salts: Future or Fringe? NASPA Knowledge Community Fall Publication.

  • McNeil, M. (2009, Spring). CHES is a preferred credential in guidelines for hiring health promotion professionals in higher education. CHES Bulletin.

  • McNeil, M. (2009, January 14). Guidelines for hiring health promotion professionals in higher education. NASPA NetResults.

  • McNeil, M. (2008, August 27). Using standards to support AOD prevention on campus. NASPA NetResults.

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

  • McNeil, M. (2007). Predatory drugs: 2007 update. Safe Spring Break Programming Manual. Denver: CO.  The Bacchus Network.

  • Arria, A., Levounis, P., McNeil, M., & Smith, J. (2005). Facts on Tap: Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs on College Campuses. www.factsontap.org.

  • McNeil, M. (2005). Predatory drugs: An update. Safe Spring Break Programming Manual. Denver: CO.  The Bacchus Network.

  • McNeil, M. (2004). Student leadership in tobacco cessation. Great American Smoke Out Programming Manual. Denver: CO. The Bacchus Network.

  • McNeil, M. (1998). Predatory drugs…don’t let your guard down. The Peer Educator. Denver: CO.  The Bacchus Network.

  • McNeil, M. (1998). Drug-facilitated rape: Be aware and be prepared. College Health in Action. Baltimore, MD: American College Health Association.

Awards and Honors:

  • Fellow, American College Health Association (2009)
  • Creating a Tobacco Free Generation Leadership Award (2008)
  • BACCHUS Network 2005 Outstanding Alumnus
  • BACCHUS Network 2004 Advisor of the Year


  • American College Health Association
  • American College Health Foundation
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • National Commission for Health Education Credentialing