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Moderating and mediating factors influencing the relationship between chronic cannabis use and neuropsychological functioning

  • September 08, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online Webinar via Zoom


  • This registration is strictly open to board Members only

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Moderating and Mediating Factors Influencing the Relationship Between Chronic Cannabis use and Neuropsychological Functioning

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online Webinar: Live and Interactive

Dr. Rayna Hirst is an Associate Professor and Director of Neuropsychology at Palo Alto University, a doctoral program in clinical psychology. She teaches courses on biological psychology and neuropsychological assessment. She also conducts research in neuropsychology and clinical assessment on topics including effort testing and motivation, the effects of chronic marijuana use, sport concussion and recovery, and health-related factors that impact cognitive function in an aging population. She also has a part-time private practice conducting clinical neuropsychological assessments for a broad range of patients. She is currently serving as Member at Large for NCNF.

The variability of findings in studies examining the effects of chronic cannabis use on neuropsychological functioning highlights the importance of examining contributing factors, such as motivation and performance validity. Few studies examine the role of sex in the relationship between cannabis and neuropsychological functioning, despite known neurobiological structural differences between males and females. Recent results suggest that chronic cannabis use differentially impacts males and females, with females exhibiting better verbal learning and memory despite males demonstrating better attention and cognitive flexibility. Further research is needed to understand the potential protective mechanisms and risk factors for the effects of cannabis use on neuropsychological functioning.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this workshop, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the current state of the literature on the effects of chronic cannabis use on neuropsychological functioning.
  2. Explain how variability in research methodology has led to mixed findings on cannabis's cognitive effects.

  3. Analyze the influence of biological sex on cannabis's effects on learning and memory.

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Webinar will be live-interactive and meets criteria for live CE hours

NCNF is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NCNF maintains responsibility for this program.  NCNF is also approved for continuing education for Qualified Medical Examiners (QME). 

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