The focus of this research group will be on the use of psychoactive substances and on the major policy changes in this area, with a likely “decriminalization” of drug use.

This research group wishes to bridge the gap between policy, practice and research in current public health work.

All human traits are to some extent heritable (i.e. genetic variance / observed variance). However, it is unknown to what extent this is dependent on familial and neighborhood environmental factors.

The onset peaks for many mental health disorders and problems in adolescence parallels substantial maturational changes in the brain.

We study the complex interplay of individual, family, and friendship factors in the development of good and poor mental health.