Kelsey Compton

Kelsey Compton

Coordinator of Health Promotion - Alcohol & Other Drugs and Peer Education Specialist

Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Health & Counseling Center
  • Health Promotion Services

What I do

I work to provide accurate and relevant education around alcohol and other drugs, with a goal of encouraging and supporting each individual to make informed choices about substance use, and preventing substance-related harms. My focus and passion is to build and grow inclusive recovery-informed harm reduction services.  I strongly believe that neither the choice to abstain nor partake in any substance should be met with judgement, but rather all should be provided with the information and tools necessary to make informed and safe choices for their well-being. 

In addition to alcohol and other drug use, I have the incredible privilege of supporting and working alongside our undergraduate team of Thrive Peer Educators as they work in our DU community to educate and positively impact their peers.  

Professional Biography

I have worked in a variety of settings focusing primarily on my passion areas of youth health and substance misuse prevention.  My previous work experiences and settings include a non-profit organization supporting homeless and disadvantaged youth, the Weld County Health Department supporting the Tobacco Control program, the Pima County Health Department, and most recently, working for the Health Education and Prevention Services team at Colorado State University with a focus area in substance misuse prevention, recovery communities, and assessment.   


  • Master of Public Health – Colorado School of Public Health 
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health – University of Arizona