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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

 Dr. Cuttler will be accepting Experimental graduate students for Fall 2018 admissions.

My diverse research interests are united by a focus on the links between health and cognition. I am currently focused on examining links between cannabis use and mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, OCD) as well as the effects of chronic cannabis use and different forms of exercise on cognitive functioning. More specifically, my current research projects focus on examining i) the links between stress and cannabis use, ii) the perceived efficacy of different strains of cannabis on the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress, and other medical conditions, iii) the influence of cannabis use (early vs. late onset, concentrate use vs. marijuana use) on cognitive functioning, iv) the effects of different forms of exercise (aerobic, resistance, yoga) on memory, executive functioning, and creativity.

Selected Publications

Cuttler, C., Connolly, C. P., LaFrance, E. M., & Lowry, T. M. (in press). Effects of aerobic and resistance exercise on prospective and retrospective memory. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
LaFrance, E., & Cuttler, C. (in press). Inspired by Mary Jane? Mechanisms underlying enhanced creativity in cannabis users. Consciousness and Cognition.
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.
Wilson, M., Gogulski, H. Y., Cuttler, C., Bigand, T. L., Oluwoye, O., & Barbosa-Leiker, C. (in press). Cannabis use moderates the relationship between pain and negative affect in adults with opioid use disorder. Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.10.012
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
Nusbaum, A.T., Whitney, P., Cuttler, C., Spradlin, A., Hinson, J. M., McLaughlin, R. J. (2017). Altered attentional control strategies in chronic cannabis users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 181, 116-123. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.09.019
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

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