Zach Walsh

Zach WalshZach Walsh, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the University of British Columbia Department of Psychology, Co-Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law, and a registered clinical psychologist. Zach’s cannabis-related research focuses on the use of cannabis for therapeutic and recreational purposes, and on the associations among cannabis use, mental health and addictions. Ongoing externally funded projects include the Cannabis Access for Medical Purposes Study (CAMPS) designed to identify barriers to access for medical cannabis; the Medical Cannabis Standards Engagement Evaluation and Dissemination (SEED) study which is a partnership with the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to develop and implement a standardization and certification framework for medical cannabis dispensaries; and the Medical Cannabis and Arthritis - Barriers and Pathways study which will examine attitudes and behaviours related to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes among individuals with arthritis. Zach and his colleagues are also involved in research specifying the role of mood and cognition in the analgesic effects of cannabis, clarifying relationships between cannabis use and the use of other psychoactive substances, and investigations of cannabis use trajectories among university students.