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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Cannabis Research

FacultyResearch Interest
Rebecca CraftDr. Rebecca Craft’s Psychopharmacology Lab studies sex differences in analgesic (pain-relieving) effects of cannabis extract and its constituents, using rodent models of inflammatory and neuropathic pain.
Carrie CuttlerDr. Carrie Cuttler’s Health and Cognition Lab focuses on elucidating the potentially beneficial and detrimental effects of cannabis through examinations of the chronic and acute effects of cannabis on mental health, physical health, stress, and cognition.
Jessica FalesDr. Jessica Fales’ Adolescent Health and Wellness Lab is exploring recreational cannabis use among young people, including its links to pain, sleep, and physical activity.
Benjamin LaddDr. Benjamin Ladd’s Promoting Treatment and Health (PATH) Lab examines psychosocial risk and protective factors of cannabis use on individual health, particularly regarding measurement of cannabis consumption (e.g., modes of administration, potency).
Renee MagnanDr. Renee Magnan’s Health and Social Psychology (WHSPR) Lab studies perception of risks and benefits of cannabis use, accuracy of these perceptions, and associations with use and related problems, as well as event-level experiences and correlates with other daily behaviors (e.g. sleep, physical activity) and affective experiences.
Ryan McLaughlinDr. Ryan McLaughlin’s Lab studies the role of endogenous cannabinoids in neurobiological and behavioral responses to stress. More recently, we have developed a novel cannabis vapor delivery approach to study the effects of vaped cannabis on the developing brain, and long-term effects on brain structure and function.
Michael MorganDr. Michael Morgan’s Lab determines the ability of cannabinoids to treat a variety of pain conditions, using rat models of migraines, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disorder, and nerve injury.
Alexander SpradlinDr. Alexander Spradlin’s Lab studies the use of cannabis for stress-management, including the short- and long-term viability of such practices.