Kirsten Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Kirsten Smith is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Smith investigates use of the bioactive plant, kratom, using survey and social media data. She has expanded her methodology to include ecological momentary assessment, kratom product assay, and laboratory studies. Dr. Smith obtained her Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Kentucky and her Ph.D. at the University of Louisville.
About This Talk
Kratom is a plant-based product that can have psychoactive properties. Dr. Smith will discuss what kratom is; the reasons people use it; the beneficial and adverse effects it can produce, including kratom dependence; and the current regulatory and legal status of kratom.
Audiences: high school, college, community