Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

The Impact of Substance Use on the Developing Adolescent Brain

A webinar produced in partnership with the ATTC Network Coordinating Office and AMERSA


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Description & Learning Objectives:

This free webinar will review developmental neurobiology and the impact of psychoactive substances in general on brain development. We will then discuss the particular impacts of alcohol, THC, and nicotine on the brain and their specific impacts on brain development.

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will be able to: 
  • Describe the relationship between brain development and child behavior;
  • Explain why adolescents are vulnerable to both substance use initiation and substance use disorders;
  • Name common outcomes from THC, nicotine, and alcohol use during adolescence.


Sharon Levy, MD, MPH

Director, Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program (ASAP)

Boston Children’s Hospital

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Levy is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Addiction Medicine specialist and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the Director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital, the past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Substance Use and Prevention, the immediate past-President of the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction (AMERSA) and she serves on the board of directors of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director’s Association. Over the past 20 years she has evaluated and treated thousands of adolescents with substance use disorders, and she has written extensively on the topic. In 2016 she established the nation’s first accredited Pediatric Addiction Medicine Fellowship training program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has conducted research to develop and test tools for identifying and addressing adolescent substance use disorders in general medical settings, and she has expertise in the integration of substance use treatment services into pediatric primary care.


Tracy McPherson, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Dr. McPherson is the Principal Investigator of the NORC Adolescent SBIRT Project, as well as many other initiatives over her 20+ years working to implement SBIRT in many different settings, disciplines, and professions.
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