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George W. Dowdall, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Office: Merion Hall 365
Phone: (610) 660-1674

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

George W. Dowdall is Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University. His research and teaching interests include mental health, substance use, and research methods. He has received university awards for both teaching and research, and has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the National Institute of Mental Health.

His most recent publication is College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem  (Praeger, 2009). Other major publications include books, book chapters, and journal articles on mental health, research methods, and on college student binge drinking, including one commissioned by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Task Force on College Drinking. Dowdall has been interviewed by media including Newsweek, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and Philadelphia public television and radio stations, including four appearances on WHYY’s Radio Times..

A graduate of Regis High School and Holy Cross College, Dowdall received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University and was an NIMH postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA School of Public Health. He has been a regular faculty member at Indiana University, Buffalo State, and Saint Joseph's, and has held visiting appointments at UCLA, Penn, Brown, and Harvard.  In 2000, he served as the American Sociological Association's Congressional Fellow  in Senator Joseph R. Biden’s office, and later chaired the ASA’s Section on Communication and Information Technologies. He was chair of his department and associate dean of his college.

He serves on the board of directors of Security on Campus, Inc. and SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), Inc.., and was appointed by Governor Rendell to membership on the Pennsylvania Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.


Ph.D. Sociology, Brown University 


Dowdall GW. College Drinking: Reframing a Social Problem (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009). (For more information, click here).

Dowdall GW.    “Alcohol Consumption on College Campuses.” In Seigel ML (eds) Race to Injustice: Lessons Learned from the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2009. (For more information, click here).

Logio K, Dowdall GW, Babbie E, Halley F.  Adventures in Criminal Justice Research, Data Analysis for Windows® Using SPSS™. Fourth edition.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 2008. (For more information, click here).

Harring SL, Dowdall GW.  “The Attica Trials: A Thirty-year Pursuit of Justice.” In Bailey FY and Cermak S (eds.) Crimes and Trials of the Century.  2 volume edition. Westport CT: Praeger, 2007. (For more information,  click here).

Dowdall GW.  “The Role of Alcohol Abuse in College Student Victimization.” In Fisher B and Sloan J (eds.). Campus Crime: Legal, Social, and Policy Perspectives . 2nd edition.  Springfield, IL: Thomas, 2007. (For more information, click here).

Dowdall GW.  The Eclipse of the State Mental Hospital: Policy, Stigma, and Organization.  Albany:  State University of New York Press, 1996. (For more information, click here).

Wechsler H, Davenport A, Dowdall G, Moeykens B, Castillo S.  "Health and Behavioral Consequences of Binge Drinking in College:  A National Survey of Students at 140 Colleges".  Journal of the American Medical Association 1994; 272: 1672-1677. (For copies of this and other publications of the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, click  here)

Faculty Expert Profile

  • Expertise: College Binge Drinking, Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Research Methods