Ziva Cooper

Ziva Cooper

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Dr. Ziva Cooper researches the effects of psychoactive substances in the human laboratory
using double-blind, placebo controlled methods. Her work, funded by the NIH and industry,
focuses on understanding biological and behavioral factors that influence both the therapeutic
and adverse effects of cannabis, cannabinoids (the chemical constituents of the cannabis plant),
opioids, and cocaine. She consults for organizations ranging from the California Department of
Public Health to the National Football League (NFL) on the science of cannabis-related health
effects.

 

An Associate Professor of Neurobiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center,
Dr. Cooper was a co-author of the National Academies of Sciences compendium on the Health
Effects of Cannabis, is President of the International Study Group Investigating Drugs as
Reinforcers, a Board Director for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and is an
Associate Editor of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.