Michael Gilson, JD, PhD

My interests focus on understanding etiology of substance use among adolescents and young adults, high risk events and the development of brief intervention and prevention efforts to reduce substance related harm.  I have worked for over 20 years conducting research in governmental, private and academic settings to assess needs, assist in policy decisions and design intervention and prevention efforts. I am keenly interested in exploring opportunities to implement evidence-based approaches to enhance policies and practice.


JD, University of Washington, 2008
PhD, Human Development, University of Arizona, 2002
MS, Human Development, University of Arizona, 2000
BS, Psychology, University of Washington, 1993

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

Is the 21st birthday a turning point for alcohol and cannabis use? A monthly study of young adults.
(2024 Apr 1)
Alcohol Clin Exp Res (Hoboken)
Rhew IC, Gilson MS, Fleming CB, Walukevich-Dienst K, Guttmannova K, Patrick ME, Lee CM

Alcohol and marijuana use predicting next-day absenteeism and engagement at school and work: A daily study of young adults.
(2023 Jul)
Addict Behav 142(): 107670
Duckworth JC, Graupensperger S, Schultz NR, Gilson MS, Fairlie AM, Patrick ME, Lee CM

Prom, graduation and parties: Alcohol use and normative perceptions among high school seniors during specific events.
(2023 Mar)
Addict Behav 138(): 107569
Gilson MS, Kilmer JR, Lee CM, Larimer ME

Substance-Specific Risk Factors for Cannabis and Alcohol Use Among Young Adults Following Implementation of Nonmedical Cannabis Legalization.
(2023 Aug)
Prev Sci 24(6): 1047-1057
Gilson MS, Kilmer JR, Fleming CB, Rhew IC, Calhoun BH, Guttmannova K

"On a night like this": A mixed-methods approach to understanding high-risk drinking events in college students.
(2022 Jun)
Alcohol Clin Exp Res 46(6): 1121-1132
Garcia TA, Hultgren BA, Canning JR, Gilson MS, Larimer ME

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