Krista M. Lisdahl

Associate Professor
 (414) 229-7159
 Garland Hall 238C

Lab Page: BraIN Laboratory


Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2005

Research Interests:

The Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology (BraIN) Laboratory at UW-Milwaukee. The primary focus of the BraIN Lab is on the neurocognitive consequences of chronic drug use during adolescence and young adulthood. More specifically, using magnetic resonance imaging (structural MRI, functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging) and neuropsychological assessment, we examine the effects of marijuana, alcohol, nicotine and ecstasy on brain structure and function. We also attempt to explain individual differences by examining whether gender, genetics (e.g., 5-HTTLPR, BDNF, COMT, NRG1, FAAH, KIBRA), or lifestyle factors (body mass index, cardiorespiratory health, activity markers) moderate these effects. We are also interested in studying these issues in healthy developing teens and young adults. Currently, we are running a NIH/NIDA funded study (R01 DA030354) examining whether physical activity levels or cardiorespiratory fitness moderate the effects of chronic marijuana use on frontolimbic connectivity in teens and emerging adults.

Recent Honors:

2012: Received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

2011: Received the NIDA Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, Behavioral and Brain Development 2011 Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award.

Teaching Interests:

Clinical neuropsychology, assessment, psychopharmacology, effects of drugs on behavior.

Selected Publications

Lisdahl, K. M., Wright, N. E., Kirchner-Medina, C., Maple, K. E., & Shollenbarger, S. (2014, June). <i>Considering Cannabis</i>: The Effects of Regular Cannabis Use on Neurocognition in Adolescents and Young Adults. Current addiction reports, 1(2), 144-156.
Tamm, L., Epstein, J. N., Lisdahl, K. M., Molina, B., Tapert, S., Hinshaw, S. P., Arnold, L. E., Velanova, K., Abikoff, H., & Swanson, J. M. (2013, December). Impact of ADHD and cannabis use on executive functioning in young adults. Drug and alcohol dependence, 133(2), 607-14.
Lisdahl, K. M., Thayer, R., Squeglia, L. M., McQueeny, T. M., & Tapert, S. F. (2013, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Recent binge drinking predicts smaller cerebellar volumes in adolescents. Psychiatry research, 211(1), 17-23.
Lisdahl, K. M., Gilbart, E. R., Wright, N. E., & Shollenbarger, S. (2013, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Dare to delay? The impacts of adolescent alcohol and marijuana use onset on cognition, brain structure, and function. Frontiers in psychiatry, 4, 53.
Lisdahl, K. M., & Price, J. S. (2012, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Increased marijuana use and gender predict poorer cognitive functioning in adolescents and emerging adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS, 18(4), 678-88.
Lisdahl, K. M., & (2011). Chapter 3: Chronic effects of heavy alcohol and marijuana use on the brain and cognition in adolescents and young adults. College Drinking and Drug Use. New York: Guilford Press.
McQueeny, T., Padula, C. B., Price, J., Lisdahl, K. M., Logan, P., & Tapert, S. F. (2011, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Gender effects on amygdala morphometry in adolescent marijuana users. Behavioural brain research, 224(1), 128-34.
Lisdahl, K. L., Nagel, B. J., & Tapert, S. F. (2010, May). Abnormal cerebellar morphometry in abstinent adolescent marijuana users. Psychiatry research, 182(2), 152-9.
Schweinsburg, A., Schweinsburg, B., Lisdahl, K. L., McQueeny, T., Brown, S., & Tapert, S. (2010). The influence of recency of use on fMRI response during spatial working memory in adolescent marijuana users. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 42(3), 401-12.
Hanson, K., Lisdahl, K. L., Nagel, B., Spadoni, A., Gorlick, A., & Tapert, S. (2010). Hippocampal volumes in adolescents with and without a family history of alcoholism. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse,, 36, 161-167.
Hanson, K., Winward, J., Schweinsburg, A., Lisdahl, K. L., Brown, S., & Tapert, S. (2010). Longitudinal study of cognition among adolescent marijuana users over three weeks of abstinence. Addictive Behaviors., 35(11), 970-976.
Lisdahl, K. M., Nagel, B., & Tapert, S. (2010). Cerebellar vermis abnormality in adolescent marijuana users. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 182(2), 152-159.
Cohen-Zion, M., Drummond, S. P., Padula, C. B., Winward, J., Kanady, J., Lisdahl, K. L., & Tapert, S. F. (2009, November). Sleep architecture in adolescent marijuana and alcohol users during acute and extended abstinence. Addictive behaviors, 34(11), 976-9.
Lisdahl, K. L., McQueeny, T., Nagel, B. J., Hanson, K. L., Yang, T. T., & Tapert, S. F. (2009, September). Prefrontal cortex morphometry in abstinent adolescent marijuana users: subtle gender effects. Addiction biology, 14(4), 457-68.
Lisdahl, K. L., McQueeny, T., Nagel, B. J., Hanson, K. L., Schweinsburg, A. D., & Tapert, S. F. (2008, March). Prefrontal cortex volumes in adolescents with alcohol use disorders: unique gender effects. Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research, 32(3), 386-94.
Lisdahl, K. L., Hanson, K. L., Schweinsburg, A. D., Cohen-Zion, M., Nagel, B. J., & Tapert, S. F. (2007, September). Neuropsychological functioning in adolescent marijuana users: subtle deficits detectable after a month of abstinence. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS, 13(5), 807-20.
Lisdahl, K. L., Nagel, B. J., Park, A., McQueeny, T., & Tapert, S. F. (2007, June). Depressive symptoms in adolescents: associations with white matter volume and marijuana use. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, 48(6), 592-600.
Lisdahl, K. L., & Shear, P. K. (2007, March). Anxiety, depression, and behavioral symptoms of executive dysfunction in ecstasy users: contributions of polydrug use. Drug and alcohol dependence, 87(2-3), 303-11.
Lisdahl, K. L., Shear, P. K., & Corcoran, K. (2005, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Ecstasy (MDMA) exposure and neuropsychological functioning: a polydrug perspective. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS, 11(6), 753-65.