Jason Kilmer is a research assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral science at the University of Washington and works in both a student affairs and research capacity. He serves as an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol and drug use by college students. He is also the assistant director of health and wellness for alcohol and other drug education in the Division of Student Life, working with different areas across campus (including health, counseling, Greek life, residence life and athletics) to increase student access to evidence-based approaches.
Abstract: People say alcohol makes them more funny, talkative, outgoing and friendly. Does it really do these things? Research from the University of Washington’s “BARLAB” using a balanced placebo design will be described. Studies discussing the role of classical conditioning on the development of tolerance to substances will be reviewed and implications for the college setting will be discussed. Additionally, information about ways in which alcohol, marijuana and non-prescription stimulant use can impact student health and academic success will be reviewed, followed by a discussion of implications for education, prevention and intervention.
This Provost’s Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 11, at 12 pm in the Wang Center Theater.