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Bidwell, L. Cinnamon

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  • My expertise is in the area of psychobiological systems involved in the co-occurrence of psychiatric conditions and substance use. I have lead several grants and published numerous studies on the etiological and treatment processes involved in this overlap from developmental, genetic, and pharmacological perspectives. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and am highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders, including roles on randomized clinical trials. Most recently, I have focused on studies that combine clinical, laboratory, and observational approaches to examine the effects of cannabinoids on psychological, cognitive, and other biobehavioral outcomes relevant to public health. I have published 75 peer-reviewed papers and 2 book chapters in mental health and addiction that advance etiological and clinical theory, contribute to the design of effective prevention and treatment, and inform public policies targeting substance use. My work has appeared in the top journals in the field – JAMA Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Addiction Biology, Psychological Medicine, and Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. To enable this comprehensive research program, I have built up and manage an extensive laboratory including direct supervision of junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, and graduate and undergraduate student trainees. Our research agenda has been generously supported by the National Institutes of Health, the State of Colorado, and private sponsors. To date, I have secured competitive research funds totaling over $25 million as PI, Co-I, or primary mentor.

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  • addiction, genetics, development, psychology, clinical disorders, psychiatry, neuroscience

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Teaching

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  • PSYC 1001 - General Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Provides a foundation for engaging with scientific research on human behavior, and surveys the basic principles and theories of psychology. Topics include biological and hereditary influences on behavior; human perception, attention, learning, and memory; social influences; personality; psychiatric disorders and treatments.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.

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