Dr. Ziva Cooper
Department of Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons
1051 Riverside Drive Box 120
New York, NY 10032
Dr. Ziva Cooper is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She focuses on preclinical and clinical studies on the behavioral and physiologic effects of psychoactive drugs that are of significant public health relevance, including cannabis and opioids. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in Biopsychology in 2007 in the field of preclinical psychopharmacology. Over the last ten years she has sought to translate preclinical studies of drug action to the clinic using controlled human laboratory studies to investigate the direct effects of abused substances. Her current research, funded by NIDA and industry contracts, involves understanding the neurobiological, pharmacological, and behavioral variables that influence both the abuse liability and therapeutic potential of cannabinoids (cannabis, cannabinoid receptor agonists, and cannabidiol) and opioids. She served on the National Academies of Sciences Committee on the Health Effects of Marijuana that recently published a comprehensive consensus report of the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids. Dr. Cooper also serves on editorial boards, is President of the International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers (ISGIDAR), and is Associate Editor of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.