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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Carrie Cuttler

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of British Columbia 2008

Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 310
Phone: (509) 335-0681
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Website: Health and Cognition Lab



Classes Taught

  • Psychology 311: Elementary Statistics in Psychology
  • Psychology 312: Experimental Methods in Psychology
  • Psychology 333: Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 361: Fundamentals of Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology 490: Cognition and Memory
  • Psychology 512: Correlation and Regression

Research Interests

My diverse research interests are united by a focus on the links between health-related behaviors, stress, and cognitive functioning. I am currently focused on examining the effects of chronic cannabis use and different forms of exercise on executive functioning, creativity, retrospective memory, and prospective memory (i.e., the ability to remember to execute tasks at the appropriate later moment). More specifically, my current research projects focus on examining: i) the influence of cannabis on cognitive functioning,  ii) the links between stress and cannabis use, iii) the perceived efficacy of different strains of cannabis on the treatment of a broad range of medical symptoms and conditions, and iv) the effects of different forms of exercise (aerobic, resistance, yoga) on memory, executive functioning, and creativity.

Selected Publications

Nusbaum, A.T., Whitney, P., Cuttler, C., Spradlin, A., Hinson, J. M., McLaughlin, R. J. (in press). Altered attentional control strategies in chronic cannabis users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Spradlin, A., Cuttler, C., Bunce, J. P., & Carrier, L. M. (in press). #Connected: Social networking sites may facilitate face-to-face relationships for introverts. Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

Cuttler, C., & Spradlin, A. (2017). Measuring cannabis consumption: Psychometric properties of the Daily Sessions, Frequency, Age of Onset, and Quantity of Cannabis Use Inventory (DFAQ-CU). PLoS ONE. 12(5): e0178194  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178194

Cuttler, C., Spradlin, A., Nusbaum, A. T., Whitney, P., Hinson, J. M. & McLaughlin, R. J. (2017). Blunted stress reactivity in chronic cannabis users. Psychopharmacology, 234, 2299-2309. doi: 10.1007/s00213-017-4648-z

Spradlin, A., Mauzay, D., & Cuttler, C. (2017). A response to the commentary by Storch and Kay: Gaps in knowledge on the treatment of cannabis users with OCD. Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.07.029

Spradlin, A., Mauzay, D., & Cuttler, C. (2017). Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder predict cannabis misuse. Addictive Behaviors, 72, 159-164. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.03.023

Cuttler, C., Mischley, L., Sexton, M. (2016). Sex differences in cannabis use and effects: A cross-sectional survey of cannabis users. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 1, 166-175. doi: 10.1089/can.2016.0010

Sexton, M., Cuttler, C., Finnell, J., & Mischley, L. (2016). A cross-sectional survey of medical cannabis users: Patterns of use and perceived efficacy. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, 1, 131-138. doi: 10.1089/can.2016.0007

Cuttler, C., O’Connell D., & Marcus, D. K. (2016). Relationships between dimensions of impulsivity and prospective memory. European Journal of Personality, 30, 83-91. doi: 10.1002/per.2038

Cuttler, C., Sirois-Delisle, V., Alcolado, G. M., Radomsky, A. S., & Taylor, S. (2013). Diminished confidence in prospective memory causes doubts and urges to check. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44, 329-334. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2013.01.001

Cuttler, C., McLaughlin, R. J., & Graf, P. (2012). Mechanisms underlying the link between cannabis use and prospective memory. PLoS ONE, 7(5): e36820. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036820

Cuttler, C., Graf, P., Pawluski, J. L., & Galea, L. A. M. (2011). Everyday life memory deficits in pregnant women. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 27-37. doi:10.1037/a002284

Cuttler, C., & Graf, P. (2009). Checking-in on the memory-deficit and meta-memory deficit theories of checking compulsions. Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 393-409. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2009.04

Cuttler, C., & Graf, P. (2007). Personality predicts prospective memory: An adult lifespan study. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 48, 215-231. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9450.2007.00570.x

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