Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Professor UCSD Neuropsychology
Address 858-534-3479 9500 Gilman Drive, #0405 / La Jolla CA 92093
Graduate Institution

University of California San Diego

Research Description

My research interests center on the influence of substance use on adolescent and emerging adult neurodevelopment. My current work spans both cannabis-specific projects and the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. I aim to use improved objective measurement of complex behavioral characteristics, such as substance use and screen time. For instance, I use toxicological analysis and passive sensing in assessing behavioral and cognitive relationships. I am also interested in how unique patterns of substance use (e.g., co-use) may influence cognitive trajectories and the impact of secondhand cannabis exposure on cognitive, psychiatric, and health outcomes.

Representative Publications
  • Wade, N.E., Baca, R., Courtney, K.E., McCabe, C.J., Infante, M.A., Huestis, M.A., & Jacobus, J. (2021). Preliminary evidence for cannabis and nicotine urinary metabolites as predictors of verbal memory performance and learning among young adults. Invited manuscript for special issue: Clarifying the Complexities of Cannabis and Cognition. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 27(6), 546-558. doi: 10.1017/S1355617721000205, PMCID: PMC8288450

  • Wade, N.E., Tapert, S.F., Lisdahl, K.M., Huestis, M.A., & Haist, F. (2022). Substance use onset in high-risk 9-13 year-olds in the ABCD Study. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 91, 107090.

  • Wade, N.E., Bagot, K.S., Tapert, S.F., Gruber, S.A., Filbey, F.M., & Lisdahl, K.M. (2020). Cognitive functioning related to binge alcohol and cannabis co-use in abstinent adolescents and young adults. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 81(4), 479-483. DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2020.81.479, PMCID: PMC7437560.


Joanna Jacobus, Susan Tapert, Kelly Courtney, Will Pelham