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UC Psychology Researcher Receives National Recognition for Marijuana Research

Krista Lisdahl Medina is honored at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Neuroscience Headquarters in Maryland.

Date: 3/30/2011
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Dottie Stover
Krista Lisdahl Medina, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of psychology in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), was honored this month with the 2011 Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research. Medina received the award after presenting NIDA-supported research at a presentation at the division’s headquarters in Maryland.
Krista Medina

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.