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Examination of Multi-Session Episodic Future Thinking Intervention on Cannabis Use

DECEMBER 9, 2022

Michael Sofis, PhD
Director of Research
Cannabis Public Policy Consulting

About the Presentation: A single session intervention trial prompting the creation and imagination of positive future events across life domains, known as domain-specific episodic future thinking DS-EFT), has shown initial promise as a digital intervention for reducing cannabis use among those seeking treatment. This presentation will highlight the methods and results of the initial trial, in addition to the findings from a follow up study, both of which were supported by the CTBH pilot fund. The follow up study examines the efficacy of a six-week DS-EFT intervention relative to an active control condition on the number of grams and days of cannabis use. Implications and future directions for both research and application will be discussed.

About the Presenter: Dr. Sofis leads data analytics, research, and product innovation at Cannabis Public Policy Consulting, providing products and services for state agencies, digital technology companies, nonprofit organizations, and scientific collaborators. He has led the development of the Regulatory Determinants of Cannabis Outcomes Survey and the Cannabis Policy Simulation Lab.

Dr. Sofis leads public health–focused research projects designed to better understand and mitigate problematic cannabis use. He has led cannabis research studies commissioned by cannabis regulatory agencies in several U.S. states and continues research examining the impacts of digital interventions on cannabis use reductions in those seeking treatment.

Dr. Sofis received his PhD in behavioral psychology at the University of Kansas and completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at Dartmouth College funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He has published 26 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, including 13 examining the impacts of cannabis use and legalization on cannabis health outcomes. Dr. Sofis has received multiple federal grants amounting to over $1 million.