Haley Wright

Mentor: Dr. Michael Moorhouse
Public Health and Health Professions

"Research allows me the opportunity to explore areas and topic not covered in traditional university curriculum, it also allows me to work with and gain experience from some of the brightest and most dedicated researchers."


Health Science


Business Administration

Public Health


Research Interests

  • N/A

Academic Awards

  • President's Honor Roll 2015
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Best Buddies
  • UF for Doctors without Borders
  • L.E.A.P. Mentor Program


  • Camp Boggy Creek
  • Youth Combine
  • Medlife Peru

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Intramural Sports
  • The Outdoors
  • Cats

Research Description

Development and Validation of Y.A.R.D: Young Adult Risky Drinking

Young Adult Risky Drinking (Y.A.R.D) is a proposed new instrument that will use Item Response Theories and Rasch Analysis to identify students that are at risk for exhibiting major health consequences associated with college drinking. Current measures of college drinking and associated consequences, such as the AUDIT-C and Binge, dichotomize students into simply an at risk group and a not at risk group. This can sometimes be inefficient as nearly 40% of all students fall into the at risk group.. Y.A.R.D will be used to classify students into 4-5 groups depending upon their level of risk. This new measure will be able to identify those students who are at highest risk of exhibiting the major health consequences and provide immediate interventions and preventions.