Research Topic: Psychosocial Consequences of Problematic Cannabis Use
Research Location: UBC Okanagan
Research Supervisor: Dr. Zach Walsh
Broadly, my research interests focus on the correlates and consequences of therapeutic, recreational, and problematic cannabis use. Specifically, my masters research examines the association between cannabis use and perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV), with consideration for co-occurring alcohol use and antisocial personality characteristics. I propose that the association between cannabis and perpetration of IPV is spurious, rather than direct, and largely due to pre-existing personality factors and heavy use of alcohol. The study examines these relationships in three different populations, including university students, clients in a local in-patient addictions treatment facility, and with existing data from civil psychiatric patients.
Home Town: Calgary, AB
Faculty/School: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
Program: Master of Arts in Psychology
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I decided to pursue a graduate degree in order to further advance my training as a clinician and a researcher. In particular, I was intrigued by an undergraduate course that I took on the topic of Drugs and Behavior. Addiction is intertwined with many different mental health conditions and variables, and is an extremely complex phenomenon. Pursuing a graduate degree has allowed me to further my knowledge, and contribute to research that examines addiction and substance use in a variety of different perspectives.
Why did you decide to study at UBC's Okanagan?
I chose UBC Okanagan because of the exciting opportunity to work with a cannabis-focused researcher, Dr. Zach Walsh. Indeed, working here at UBC has provided me with a number of opportunities to conduct research on a wide variety of cannabis-related topics, including extensive trans-disciplinary work in the field of medical cannabis.
What impact do you hope your research will have?
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit substance in Canada, and in the world. With ever-increasing use and national attention, more research is required to elucidate the psychosocial correlates and consequences of use. Broadly, I hope my research is able to inform the Canadian public.
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