Psychiatry Grand Rounds: "Cannabis Involvement from Childhood to Age 30: Predictors, Pathways, and Outcomes"
Dr. William Copeland is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Center for Developmental Epidemiology. He was trained as a child clinical psychologist, completed postdoctoral work in psychiatric epidemiology, and was funded for a career development grant to obtain further training in molecular, population, and statistical genetics. Since then, he has been the PI or Co-I on grants from NIMH, NIDA, NICHD and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation while publishing over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts. A core part of his research program has been integrating and extending the genetic, epigenetic, and neuroimaging resources of longstanding prospective studies including the Great Smoky Mountains Study.
Dr. Sherika Hill is an adjunct faculty associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a T32 NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Developmental Science at UNC-CH. Her research focuses on social and molecular determinants of adolescent externalizing disorders, including cannabis use disorder and ADHD. She evaluates predictors, pathways, and outcomes across the life course using the full ecological model from genes to populations in an effort to identify risk and resilience factors for public health and public policy intervention. Dr. Hill is trained in public health and public policy and has recently acquired career development funding to examine the role of DNA methylation in externalizing disorders.