The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Greyson Awarded Research Fellowship to study Cannabis Use Decision-Making in Pregnancy

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Devon GreysonDevon Greyson, assistant professor of health communication, has been named a Center for Research on Families (CRF) Research Scholar for 2019-20.

Greyson's research project focuses on understanding cannabis use decisions in pregnancy and lactation using a longitudinal, qualitative approach. Although research has identified an association between prenatal cannabis smoking and a number of negative fetal and infant outcomes, there remains a great deal of uncertainty regarding risks and benefits of cannabis use in pregnancy and lactation. Little is known about how pregnant individuals make decisions regarding cannabis use initiation, continuation, or desistence in the absence of high-quality evidence and expert guidance.

This multi-site, binational study will combine population and public health with information and communication sciences to understand cannabis use decision-making in pregnancy and lactation, with a focus on the role of social context in shaping these decisions, and an objective of enabling clinical and public health professionals to better communicate with the public about the potential risks and benefits of cannabis use in pregnancy and lactation.

As part of the program, Greyson will participate in a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar, and receive individualized methodology consultation from CRF.