Jim Matthews, M.Ed., was the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at Keene State College in New Hampshire eleven years where his courses were recognized by the campus newspaper as the most popular courses at Keene State. He was also the Coordinator of Health Education at Merrimack College in Massachusetts for eight years. Jim was a member of the Advisory Board for the United States Department of Education Northeast Regional Center for Drug Free Schools and Communities, is a certified trainer for the Prevention Research Institute and was a participant in the Betty Ford Center Professional-in-Residence Program. He has conducted presentations and workshops for over 500,000 students for more than 500 colleges universities and professional organizations including the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Manhattan College, Dean Junior College, Plymouth State College, New England College, university of Florida, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Franklin Pierce College, Pennsylvania State University, State University of New York, Greenfield Community College, the Georgia University System, the Ocean State Center for Law and Citizen Education, the National Association for Campus Activities, and the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
Jim has been recognized by the New Hampshire Legisature for his "outstanding work in alcohol and other drug education and abuse prevention." The National Collegiate Athletic Association approved his programs for the Sports-Sciences Speaker Grant Program.
He is the author of two other books dealing with college drinking: The ABCs of College Drinking…25 tips for navigating the collegiate party scene and A Parent’s Guide to College Drinking…facing the challenge together.