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Spice study to accepted by JCASA…

The Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse has accepted a work by Cory Lowe, Bryan Miller, and myself titled “Spice Use among Adolescents in the United States: A National Profile of Synthetic Cannabinoid Users.” We see this study as an extension of Dr. Miller’s and my work in JSU years ago. Whereas that study was geographically limited to Georgia, the current work explores correlates of synthetic cannabinoid use in a nationally representative...

SUM accepts gender identity and cannabinoids study…

A new work authored by myself and Bryan Miller, “Exploring the Relationships between Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Synthetic Cannabinoid Use,” will be appearing in Substance Use & Misuse. The work notes that while many studies have identified sexual minorities as being at enhanced risk for reporting synthetic cannabinoid (SC) use, it is unclear whether this association is the result of those that identify as a minority due to sexual orientation...

JPD accepts “online peers” drug study…

Online Peers and Offline Highs: An Examination of Online Peer Groups, Social Media Homophily, and Substance Use” has now been accepted by the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. The work notes that today’s youth spend more time interacting with distal peer groups through online communities and social media and have increased access to online drug cultures. While this should have important implications for substance use, research on the relationship between...

3 Entries will appear in “Marijuana in America”

Three entries I coauthored will be appearing in James Hawdon and colleagues’ “Marijuana in America: Cultural, Political, and Medical Controversies.” I authored a section on the culture, impact, and variability of American ‘head shops.’ I’ve been wanting to write about their history and evolution for some time, so I’m glad this book provided the opportunity. Graduate student, Lucas M. Maness, authored one on dabbing that...

“Mixing Shots” study in Deviant Behavior…

Nothing motivates me to write a new study like coming up with a great title. Once we thought of “Mixing Shots: Assessing Self-Reported Drunk Hunting and Target Shooting ” as a title for a study on hunting under the influence, Dr. Nobles and I had to explore available data on the subject. While the title was humorous, the risky behavior of using firearms after excessive drinking is not a laughing matter. You can see from one of our figures that drinking (even 10+ drinks),...

Congratulations Dr. Manikonda…

One of the best parts of this job is seeing students complete their education and prepare for a highly competitive career. Abhisek Manikonda successfully defended his dissertation this morning and will graduate with a doctoral degree. His work was thorough and complex and he handled the extra pressure of a virtual defense well (the audience was much larger than I’ve seen for in-person defenses). Thank you Abhisek for the honor of serving on your committee and allowing...

Western Association of Criminal Justice virtual conference presentation…

I presented the work that Drs. Miller, McLean, and I had accepted in AJCJ last night as part of the Western Criminal Justice Association’s virtual conference. it was challenging to deliver an academic presentation to a large group that late (the three hour time difference meant we were presenting until 10pm), but we received good feedback on the project. Dr. Mitch Miller and Dr. Wesley Jennings also presented their works from that special issue so we had a nicely grouped...

Covid and police stress article published…

“Police Stress, Mental Health, and Resiliency during the Covid-19 Pandemic” coauthored by myself, Bryan Miller, and Kyle McLean will be appearing in a special Covid-19 edition of the American Journal of Criminal Justice. The manuscript is an interesting read. I discussed how we can extrapolate COVID-19’s influence on policing from the manner in which officers responded to complaints in the earlier years of the HIV epidemic. Dr. McLean, a policing scholar,...

C&D accepts “Comfortably Numb” study…

A Gator doctoral student, C. Cory Lowe, asked me a couple years ago to join a project he envisioned. Interestingly, he had decided to make his Research Methods II class project an extension of my JCJ “Healthy, wealthy, and wise” study published in 2010. That study actually also originated as a UF class project (albeit in Dr. Akers’ theory class). It was great discussing my experiences with that project and helping walk him through my paper’s process....

ICPSR Workshop on MTF data…

A coauthor (John Eassey) and I were offered the opportunity to attend a three day workshop on “Exploring and Analyzing Monitoring the Future Data” in Ann Arbor, Michigan this year. It was the first time I had been back after spending a summer there doing one of the training programs focused on BJS data. It was a great workshop and helped me understand how this large-scale data collection effort has evolved over the last 40 years. I developed some insight for working...