Krista Lisdahl Medina is honored at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Neuroscience Headquarters in Maryland.
Medina’s research presentation examined the neurocognitive effects of chronic marijuana use in adolescents and young adults. Her research has found that chronic, heavy marijuana use during adolescence – a critical period of ongoing brain development – is associated with poorer performance on thinking tasks, including slower psychomotor speed and poorer complex attention, verbal memory and planning ability.
Joseph Frascella, division chief of the NIDA Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research (DCNBR), presented Medina with the award, based on her productivity and accomplishments since earning her doctorate in 2005. The DCNBR supports broad research, research training and career development programs directed toward the development and improvement of drug abuse treatment and intervention.