2021 Pioneer Award: Amanda Harmel

PreventEd is honored to present the 2021 Pioneer Award to Amanda Harmel in appreciation of innovative and transformational impact in the field of substance use disorders.

Amanda Harmel is the Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Programming at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU). She joined the university in 2015 and in 2017 started the WashU Recovery Group. The group is both grant and donor funded, has a dedicated private space on campus, and has regular meetings and activities.

In her role at WashU, she provides both campus and community resources to individuals, groups, and organizations related to substance use prevention, education, and recovery. She is a trained BASICs Facilitator as well as a trained BASICs Trainer. She serves on the overall wellness committee and chairs the Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition within the group. She is the university representative for Partners in Prevention and also helps advise a group of dedicated student Peer Health Educators and graduate practicum students.

Amanda earned her B.A. in Public Communication from Truman State University and her M.Ed. in Professional Counseling from The University of Georgia. She has an extensive background in Higher Education and Student Affairs having spent the majority of her career working in Residence Life prior to joining the team at WashU.

Amanda is committed to putting students first and helping them achieve their goals. She brings passion and energy to her roles and is proud of the work she has accomplished in her time at WashU.

In her spare time, Amanda loves hiking, writing, and cooking and even started a food blog, relatablerecipes.com, this past year!