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John Schulenberg, PhD Biography

Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"

“One of the most successful interventions has been the adoption of age 21 as the legal drinking age… The National Highway Traffic Administration estimates that a legal drinking age of 21 has prevented greater than 21,000 deaths since 1976. Furthermore, zero-tolerance laws, which make it illegal for drivers less than 21 years of age to drive after any drinking, have been associated with approximately 20% decreases in alcohol-related crashes and DWIs.”

Cowritten with S. Brown, et al, “A Developmental Perspective on Alcohol and Youths 16 to 20 Years of Age,” Pediatrics, Apr. 12, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Research Professor, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan
  • Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan
  • Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan
  • Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
  • Principal Investigator, Monitoring the Future Investigation
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Research Consultant, Michigan State University, 1993-present
  • Research Consultant, Purdue University, 1992-present
  • Co-Chair, Society for Research on Adolescence, 2006-2008
  • Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan, 1991-1995
  • Associate Professor, Purdue University, 1991
  • Research Fellow, University of Michigan, 1990-1991
  • Assistant Professor, Purdue University, 1986-1991
  • Visiting Professor, College of Human Development, Penn State University, 1987
  • PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State University, 1987
  • MS, Penn State University, 1984
  • BS, University of Cincinatti, 1979
  • Lansdowne Lectureship, University of Victoria, Victoria Canada, 2004
  • Recipient, Research Scientist Recognition Award, 2001
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