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Michael Amlung


Dr. Michael Amlung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. He is a faculty scientist with the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research (PBCAR) and the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, both at McMaster. He received a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri. He earned an Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Georgia. 

Dr. Amlung’s research focuses on the psychological and neurobiological basis of addictive disorders, with a major emphasis on alcohol and cannabis misuse. He is interested in how people make choices about different rewards, including addictive substances, and changes in behavior in response to internal and external influences (such as stress, negative emotions, and drug-related stimuli and cues). Dr. Amlung leads a team of graduate and undergraduate students in his research laboratory at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton West 5th Hospital.

Dr. Amlung’s teaching interests include undergraduate and graduate-level courses in neuroscience, psychology, and addictions. Dr. Amlung is committed to providing an inclusive and stimulating learning experience in his courses in which students are encouraged to challenge stigma and misconceptions around addictions and mental health disorders. His courses also emphasize the human element of these disorders. He is especially excited about the launching of the Science of Cannabis certificate and teaching the Foundations of Cannabis Science in the Health Context course for the program.