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  • Dr. Sharon Sznitman

    Dr. Sharon Sznitman

    School of Public Health
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Dr. Sznitman received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Manchester and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stockholm University.  She then completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Annenberg Public Policy Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010 Dr. Sznitman joined the School of Public Health at the University of Haifa where she is a senior lecturer.

Dr. Sznitman’s most recent research mainly focuses on medical cannabis use and policies in Israel and in cross-national contexts. Currently, her funded projects include examination of barriers and facilitators of physicians’ medical cannabis recommendations and examination of the evolution of medical cannabis policies. In addition, Dr. Sznitman’s research focuses on illegal drug use, including a collaboration with the Global Cannabis Cultivation Research Consortium that focuses on domestic cannabis cultivation. Dr. Sznitman also examines the social as well as individual forces that lead to substance use and how this knowledge can be used to develop novel and more effective drug prevention programs. Dr. Sznitman and her colleagues have conducted research projects that aim to understand the nature of individual differences (e.g. sensation seeking), school level differences (e.g. school climate and random student drug testing policies) and national level difference (e.g. drug use normalization) and how these factors relate to substance use.


Recent publications:

Sharon R. Sznitman, Sally Dunlop, Priya Nalkur, Atika Khurana and Daniel Romer, (2012) Student drug testing in the context of positive and negative school climates: result from a national survey, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41(2):146-155

Sharon R. Sznitman, (2013) Commentary on DuPont et al, exploring the promise of mandatory random student drug testing by comparing it to other school drug prevention strategies, Addiction, 108:84, 6-851

Sharon R. Sznitman, Orna Baron-Epel,  Lital Boker-Keinan (2013) Convergence of drinking patterns of young Russian immigrants and veteran Israelis decades after mass immigration - results from a bidirectional acculturation model, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs May;74(3):437-46

Sharon R. Sznitman, Tanya Kolobov, Tom ter Bogt, Emmanuel Kuntsche, Sophie Walsh, Meyran Boniel-Nissim, Yossi Harel-Fisch (2013), Exploring Substance Use Normalization among Adolescents: A multi-Level Study in 35 Countries, Social Science and Medicine, 97: 143-152

Sharon R. Sznitman, (2013) Peer Social Network and Adolescent Alcohol Use, OA Alcohol, Jun 01;1(1)9

Sharon R. Szntman and Daniel Romer, (2014) Student Drug Testing and Negative School Climates:  Testing the Effects of Two Different School Based Drug Prevention Efforts in a National Longitudinal Study, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75(64-73)

Tom ter Bogt, Margreet E. de Looze, Michal Molcho, Emmanuelle Godeau, Anne Hublet,  Anna Kokkevi,  Emmanuel Kuntsche, Gabhainn Nic Saoirse, Iva Franelic, Bruce Simons-Morton, Sharon Sznitman, Alessio Vieno, Wilma Vollebergh, Will Pickett (2014) Do Societal Wealth, Family Affluence, and Gender account for Trends in Adolescent Cannabis Use? A 30 County Cross-National Study, Addiction, 109(2): 273-283

Sharon R. Sznitman, Shiran Bord, Wafa Elias, Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, Yoram Shiftan and Orna Baron-Epel, (2014), Examining Differences in Drinking Patterns among Jewish and Arab University Students in Israel, Ethnicity and Health,1-17

Sharon R. Sznitman, Nehama Lewis, (2015) Is Cannabis an Illicit Drug or a Medicine? A Quantitative Framing Analysis of Israeli Newspaper Coverage, International Journal of Drug Policy, 26 (5): 446-452

Sharon R. Sznitman and #Yuval Zolotov (2015), Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes and Public Health and Safety: A Systematic and Critical Review, International Journal of Drug Policy, 26(1): 20-29

Sharon R. Sznitman, Tanya Kolobov, Tom ter Bogt, Emmanuel Kuntsche, Sophie Walsh, Yossi Harel-Fisch (2015), Investigating Cannabis Use Normalization by Distinguishing between Experimental and Regular Use, A Multi-Level Study in 31 countries, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(2):181-189

Nehama Lewis, Doron Broitman, Sharon R. Sznitman (2015) Medical cannabis: A Framing Analysis of Israeli Newspaper Coverage, Communication Science

Sharon R, Sznitman, Cheryl Zlotnick, Yossi Harel-Fisch (2015), Normalization Theory:  Does it accurately describe temporal changes in adolescent drunkenness and smoking? Drug and Alcohol Review

Sharon R. Sznitman and Anne Line Bretteville-Jensen (2015), Public opinion and medical cannabis policies: examining
the role of underlying beliefs and national medical cannabis policies, Harm Reduction Journal, 12:46

Sharon R. Sznitman and Danielle Taubman (in press) Drug Use Normalization: A Systematic and Critical Mixed Methods Review, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Sharon R. Sznitman, Victoria Goldberg, Hedva Sheinman-Yuffe, Ezequiel Flechter, Gil Bar-Sela, (in press), Storage and disposal of medical cannabis among oncology patients: assessing the risk of diversion and unintentional digestion, Cancer