Professor Jan Copeland

University of NSW (Professor)

(Hon) Professor Jan Copeland (PhD) was the founding and sole Director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) at the University of NSW from 2007 to its defunding by the Turnbull Coalition government in 2016. She is now leading her own consultancy Cannabis Information and Support. She is a registered psychologist and a member of the US College on Problems of Drug Dependence, the Australian Psychological Society, and the International Cannabinoid Research Society. Jan has worked in the addictions field at UNSW for more than 25 years, specialising in the development and testing of tools and brief interventions for the management of cannabis use disorder among adults and adolescents. Her research and research translation work has attracted $42.5million, including 14 clinical trials, 4 as lead Chief Investigator with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and 5 as a member of NHMRC Chief Investigator teams.

Jan led the development of the Cannabis Withdrawal Scale and the first trial of nabiximols (Sativex) for the management of cannabis withdrawal. She has more than 350 publications (n=175 in peer reviewed journals) including lead author of a 2015 book on quitting cannabis for Allen & Unwin and sole author of a clinical manual for US Hazelden Publications on brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) interventions for cannabis use disorder, released in 2017. She has advised national and international governments on cannabis-related prevention and treatment. She is an Associate Editor of Drug and Alcohol Dependence and Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment among other journal editorial roles. Jan has received a number of awards for her contribution to drug-related treatment, public health and community education.