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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

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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum legal drinking age. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the minimum legal drinking age.
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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