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Teens Using Pot: Marijuana and the Developing Brain with Small Brooklyn Psychology

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:


  • teen brain development through the mid-20s
  • how marijuana may disrupt development
  • long-term effects of heavy and light marijuana use in all its forms, including edibles
  • how to weigh the risks to your child
  • how to talk to your child about their marijuana use and these risks

When: Wednesday, November 15th
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cost: Free for PSP members; $25 for non-members


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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.


Julie Blitzer, PhD is a clinical psychologist who has worked with adolescents and their families for over a decade. She is currently the Outreach and Prevention Psychologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s School-Based Health Center, consisting of 7 article 28 primary care clinics that serve approximately 7,500 public school students from 21 schools in upper Manhattan and the Bronx. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). 

Dr. Blitzer has been a part of the NYP School-Based team since 2012, where she began as a mental health provider at the program’s largest site, serving 7 schools at the John F. Kennedy Campus. After five years in a clinical role and a brief leave, she returned to the program to assume a newly established role dedicated to universal mental health interventions and outreach in 2019. In this role, Dr. Blitzer works with students, parents, and school staff to increase mental health literacy and access to support services through workshops, health messaging, and consultation. 


Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
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