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Pam Kent, PhD
Associate Director


Pam’s areas of expertise include drug trends, cannabis and pregnancy, psychopharmacology and neuroscience.


Pam Kent has been interested in research most of her life. For 15 years, she served as a lab coordinator in a neuropsychopharmacology laboratory at the University of Ottawa, Institute of Mental Health Research. She wanted her work to have more meaning as the impact of highly focused basic research is limiting, so she joined CCSA in September 2016 looking to expand her horizons. 

As associate director, Pam helps oversee CCSA’s research division. While providing guidance to CCSA’s team of researchers, she ensures they continue to produce quality research. However, she still contributes to projects. She is an active member of the Canadian Substance Use Cost and Harms team and provided a supporting in the update of the Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis volume on Maternal Cannabis Use during Pregnancy.  

Pam holds a bachelor of science with honours, majoring in psychology from Queens University. She also has a PhD in psychology, with a specialization in neuroscience from the University of Ottawa. 

In her free time, Pam is a fan of the news and enjoys a quality cup of java.   

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