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2023 Speakers

2023 Keynote Speakers

Shanna Babalonis

Shanna Babalonis, PhD

Director, Cannabis Center, University of Kentucky
Assistant Professor
, Dept. of Behavioral Science and Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, University of Kentucky

Title of Presentation: Opioid and Cannabinoid Interactions: Abuse Potential and Clinical Implications

Bio: Dr. Babalonis is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Behavioral Science and Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky. She also serves at the Director of the University of Kentucky Cannabis Center. She has received several NIH grants to conduct clinical cannabis studies, including cannabis interactions with opioids and cannabis driving outcomes, and is currently conducting studies to examine the risk/benefit profile of cannabis for various medical conditions. 

Jodi Gilman

Jodi Gilman, PhD

Director of Neuroscience, Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor
, Dept. of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Title of Presentation: Recreational and Medical Cannabis: Potential Implications on Cognition and Clinical Outcomes

Bio: Dr. Jodi Gilman is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Neuroscience at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Addiction Medicine. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from Brown University. Dr. Gilman’s research uses multi-modal imaging, behavioral and cognitive testing to understand the biological, psychological, and clinical aspects of addiction. Specifically, she studies the effects of cannabis use on addiction and other health outcomes. Her goal is to conduct research that can inform decision-making among the public, patients, and clinicians regarding evidence-based decisions to use or not use cannabis for recreational or medical purposes.

Kelly Young-Wolff

Kelly Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco
Consulting Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Stanford University
Associate Professor, Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente
Clinical Psychologist and Research Scientist, Northern California Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente

Title of Presentation: Cannabis Use During Pregnancy: Research from Policy to Practice

Bio: Kelly C. Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH, is a licensed clinical psychologist and research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco; Consulting Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine; and Associate Professor, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding and preventing substance use problems among vulnerable populations with a focus on pregnant individuals.