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Amy Porath, PhD
Director, Research


Amy is one of Canada’s leading experts on cannabis and drug-impaired driving. She ensures that CCSA advances and responds to gaps in knowledge in the substance use and addiction field to inform policies and practice. 


For the past 17 years, Amy Porath’s research on substance use issues has focused on cannabis and drug-impaired driving. She is an internationally recognized subject-matter expert and in-demand speaker.  The Government of Canada, parliamentary committees and the Senate, and the World Health Organization regularly seek out her expertise. 

Amy holds a PhD in psychology from Carleton University and joined CCSA in August 2007. She is a member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety, and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine. She is co-chair of CCSA’s Expert Advisory Group on cannabis and is on a working group developing new guidelines for cannabis use disorder among older adults.

Amy has served as an expert in Health Canada’s national cannabis public education campaign, starred in Cannabis Legalization in Canada: A Mini-Series, and been named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Health and Influencers of 2019 by OptiMYz magazine, a  leading wellness magazine for women.

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