CTN Youth SIG Webinar, July 19, 2024, 11am ET

The CTN Youth SIG is pleased to invite you to an upcoming presentation with two invited speakers:

Presenters: Jesse D. Hinckley, MD, PhD and Chris Hammond, MH, PhD

Friday, July 19th, 2024 (11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET)

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Exploring the association of cannabis use with depression and suicidal behavior in youth

Dr. Hinckley

Jesse D. Hinckley, MD, PhD
Division of Addiction Science, Treatment & Prevention, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine School of Medicine

The co-occurrence MDD and cannabis use is associated with worse mental health and substance use outcomes. Data will be presented from a secondary analysis of the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (N=10,123), a nationally representative study of youth aged 13-18 years, exploring the association of cannabis use with major depressive disorder and suicidal behavior. Findings from this study will be considered in context of the extant literature to further explore the association between cannabis use and depression and potential mechanisms whereby these comorbid problems may increase the risk of youth engaging in suicidal behavior.

Dr. Jesse Hinckley is an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Addiction Research, Treatment & Prevention within the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hinckley currently splits his time as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at a teaching hospital in Idaho and his research efforts at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Hinckley’s primary research interests include better understanding the development of substance use disorders in adolescents, the interaction between substance use problems and mental health disorders, and how to effectively treat comorbid disorders.

Sex, racial, and ethnic differences in suicide-related mortality among 12-25-year-olds following medical and recreational cannabis legalization in the United States

Dr. Hammond

Christopher J. Hammond, MD, PhD
Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Cannabis use is associated with suicide-related outcomes in both adolescents and young adults, and may be increasing across the United States (US) amidst widespread changes in state cannabis laws. Little is known about the impact of US state cannabis legalization on youth suicide.  Dr. Hammond will present findings from a study that used 20 years of national mortality data to examine associations between medical cannabis legalization (MCL), recreational cannabis legalization (RCL), and suicide-related mortality among US 12-to-25-year-olds and assess whether they varied as a function of age, sex, race and ethnicity.  Study findings will be presented within the context of the current medical literature on cannabis policy effects and health disparities, with a focus on putative mechanisms, vulnerable subgroups, and legislative reform considerations.

Dr. Christopher Hammond is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he serves as the Director of the Co-occurring Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults (CODA) Clinical and Research Programs and Co-Director of the CARE Prevention and Early Intervention Clinic. Dr. Hammond’s research program has a three-fold focus on characterizing neurobehavioral mechanisms and environmental processes underlying the development, maintenance of, and recovery from addiction and comorbid psychiatric disorders during adolescence and young adulthood; designing and testing developmentally-informed interventions to prevent and treat these conditions; and investigating the effects of changing state and federal cannabis laws on public health outcomes for US youth.

Upcoming Youth SIG Seminar Speakers in 2024

(all dates are at 11am-12pm ET):

  • Sept 20 – Dr. Sivabalaji Kaliamurthy
  • Nov 15 – Dr. Velma Murry