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Maha Mian, PhD

Maha  Mian, PhD

Maha Mian, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Division of Research. She is a National Institute on Drug Abuse T32 Postdoctoral Scholar, appointed to the Postdoctoral Traineeship in Substance Use Disorders Treatment and Services Research.

Dr. Mian is interested in developing substance use research focused on enhancing novel and accessible harm reduction strategies. Much of her previous clinical and research focused on cannabis, alcohol, and psychedelic harm reduction strategies, including protective behavioral strategies and the differential impact of cannabis research recruitment and policy. Her work has two aims: developing harm reduction and protective behavioral strategies for substance use, particularly cannabis, alcohol, and psychedelics; and investigating outcomes related to drug policy and decriminalization.

Dr. Mian received her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and completed her predoctoral clinical internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She received her bachelor of science in Biopsychology from Tufts University.

Current Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Section Affiliations

Primary Research Interests

  • Harm reduction
  • Cannabis, alcohol, and psychedelic protective behavioral strategies
  • Drug policy outcomes
  • Scale development and validation


Cannabis Use Among U.S. Military Veterans Following Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Authors: Mian, Maha N;Chan Osilla, Karen;Blonigen, Daniel

Mil Med. 2023 Jun 09.

PubMed abstract

Perceptions About Cannabis Following Legalization Among Pregnant Individuals With Prenatal Cannabis Use in California

Authors: Young-Wolff, Kelly C; Mian, Maha N; Iturralde, Esti; et al.

JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Dec 01;5(12):e2246912. Epub 2022-12-01.

PubMed abstract

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