Last updated on: 9/10/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Jason Schiffman, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Findings suggest that regular cannabis users are significantly more prone to cognitive and perceptual distortions as well as disorganization, but not interpersonal deficits, than non-regular users and those who have never used. Additionally, the onset of schizotypal symptoms generally precedes the onset of cannabis use. The findings do not support a causal link between cannabis use and schizotypal traits.”

“Symptoms of Schizotypy Precede Cannabis Use,” Psychiatry Research, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), 2009-present
  • Director of Clinical Training, Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), 2009-present
  • Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Aug. 2007-2009
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Aug. 2003–Jul. 2007
  • Member, Society for Research in Psychopathology
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • Recipient, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division Grant, “Clinical Therapy and Assessment, Department of Education,” July 1, 2004–June 30, 2007
  • Recipient, Young Investigators Award (grant), “Prediction of Psychosis among High–Risk Adolescents in Hawaii,” Aug. 2004–Aug. 2006
  • Recipient, National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NASRAD) Research Grant
  • Recipient, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Research Service Award
Education:
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California, 2003
  • Pre–doctoral Clinical Internship, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • BA, Psychology, Emory University, 1996
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Marijuana Use Increase the Risk of Psychosis (Including Schizophrenia)?