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University of Haifa
School of Public Health, Health Promotion

 Contact details
Contact personPh.D. Sharon Sznitman
StreetSderot Hanassi 67 
Address Haifa - 34641 (Israel) 
Phone+972 546145388 
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 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)26-50 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Sociology
» Health sciences
» Journalism, mass media and communication

 Brief description of your activity focus
Dr. Sznitmans main research interests are medical marijuana, substance use and abuse andadolescent health, qualitative and quantitative data analysis

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Dr. Sznitman received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Manchester and her M.A. and Ph.D.
in sociology from Stockholm University. She then completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at
Annenberg Public Policy Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010 she was privileged to join the
School of Public Health Department at the University of Haifa as a research associate and in 2012 I
became a lecturer in the School of Public Health. Today, her research is housed within the School of
Public Health where she supervises Master students and Research Assistants and where she collaborates
with national and international researchers.

As a medical sociologist Dr. Sznitmans core interests are with the social and cultural influences of
substance use and abuse, medical marijuana/cannabis use and treatment and adolescent health. She
currently holds a Marie Curie integration grant to develop and test a novel theoretical framework for
studying adolescent substance use. Dr. Sznitman also conducts research on effects of medical cannabis
treatment on chronic pain patients and attitudes and norms of medical professionals and lay people
related to medical cannabis.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Societal trends and lifestyles
» Cultural interactions in an international perspective
» Interactions & interdependences between world regions
» Diversities and commonalities in Europe

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeOther (International)
Project TitleSocial and cultural factors in adolescent substance use

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Marie Curie Integration grant, European Union, Social and cultural factors in adolescent substance use (100,000
EUR). Research partners:

Tom ter Bogt, Ph.D., Department of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, P.O Box 80125
, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands, T.F.M.terBogt@uu.nl

Emmanuel Kuntsche, Ph.D., Sucht Schweiz, Research Institute, Av. Ruchonnet 14, 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland,

Sophie D. Walsh, Ph.D., Department of Criminology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel 5290002.

Yossi Harel-Fisch, Ph.D. School of Education Faculty of Social Sciences, Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan 52900,
Israel, harelyo@mail.biu.ac.il

The Research Council of Norway, Educational trajectories, Principal Investigator: Idunn Brekke.
Co-investigators: Liza Reisel, Ines Hardoy, Paal Schone, Arne Mastekaasa, Paul Attewell

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