Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
"Prospective data from 804 participants was used to determine associations between early cannabis use and later schizotypal symptoms... Cannabis use with onset prior to age 14 strongly predicted SPD [schizotypal personality disorder] symptoms in adulthood, independent of early adolescent SPD symptoms, major depression, anxiety disorder, other drug use, and cigarette use...
Our data provide further support for a strong association of early cannabis use with the development of symptoms characteristic of schizophrenia spectrum disorders. As with studies in schizophrenia, early SPD symptoms could not fully explain the association of early cannabis use with later schizotypal symptoms."
"Early Cannabis Use and Schizotypal Personality Disorder Symptoms from Adolescence to Middle Adulthood," Schizophrenia Research, May 2012
Experts PhD's and JD's (lawyers) with significant post-doctoral involvement in medical marijuana issues; judges who have presided over medical marijuana cases. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, City College and Graduate Center, City University of New York
New York State licensed psychologist
Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University, 2006-2008
Postdoctoral research fellowship, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Columbia University, 2003-2006
Co-written with Cheryl M. Corcoran, Alan S. Brown, Henian Chen, Quenesha Lighty, Judith S. Brook, and Patricia R. Cohen, "Early Cannabis Use and Schizotypal Personality Disorder Symptoms from Adolescence to Middle Adulthood," Schizophrenia Research, May 2012
Co-written with Arielle D. Stanford, Jill M. Harkavy-Friedman, et al., "Family History of Affective Illness in Schizophrenia Patients: Symptoms and Cognition," Schizophrenia Research, May 2009
Co-written with Philip M. Alberti, Bruce G. Link and Jo C. Phelan, "Racial Differences in Beliefs About the Effectiveness and Necessity of Mental Health Treatment," American Journal of Community Psychology, July 2008
Co-written with Patricia R. Cohen and Henian Chen, "Duration of Early Maternal Separation and Prediction of Schizotypal Symptoms from Early Adolescence to Midlife," Schizophrenia Research, Apr. 2008