Teens Using Pot: How Does Marijuana Affect a Developing Brain?
Teens who are using weed in our city's less-restrictive environment assume it's safe—or, at least, safer than alcohol. Many parents assume the same, given their own past and current use. However, because marijuana appears to interfere with these last few years of brain development, the risks are higher for teens who use pot than for adults who do. Earlier and more frequent pot use is associated with significant IQ decline, difficulties with employment and relationships, and higher incidence of physical and mental health problems. In this webinar, Dr. Mandi White-Ajmani of Small Brooklyn Psychology and Dr. Julie Blitzer of New York - Presbyterian will explain the research on outcomes of teen pot use and will give you tips on how to talk to your teen about it. You will learn about:
When: Wednesday, November 15th
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cost: Free for PSP members; $25 for non-members
Dr. Mandi White-Ajmani is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in neuropsychological assessment of children and adults from many different backgrounds. She founded Small Brooklyn Psychology in 2013 and has grown it from a solo practice into a thriving group practice at Industry City, offering high-quality, research-backed neuropsychological assessment and therapeutic treatment.
Dr. White-Ajmani earned her BA from Cornell University and her MBA in Organizational Behavior and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in clinical research in neuroscience and schizophrenia at NYU School of Medicine and then continued as a research scientist at NYU, investigating family violence. She earned an appointment as a Research Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine during this time. Now, as a clinician, she conducts neuropsychological assessment with people across the lifespan, from toddlers through geriatric populations, with a wide range of psychological concerns. She has built a special focus on working with children and families, to help them understand the practical nuances of how each person approaches the world a little differently—and then how to use that information to make real-world changes.