Last updated on: 3/4/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Matthew McGue, PhD Biography

Title:
Regents Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
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:
  • Regents Professor, Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1992-present
  • Member, Institute of Human Genetics, University of Minnesota, 1987-present
  • President, Behavior Genetics Association, 2002
  • Chair, Program Committee for Behavior Genetics Association Annual Meeting, 2001
  • Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1999-2001
  • Member, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism National Advisory Committee, 1997-2001
  • Treasurer, Behavior Genetics Association, 1996-1999
  • Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1987-1992
  • Chairman, Professional Affairs Committee, Behavioral Genetics Association, 1987
  • Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1985-1987
  • Research Psychologist, PDRI, 1984-1985
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, Washington University School of Medicine, 1983-1985
  • Statistician/Programmer, Institute for Research on Learning Disabilities, University of Minnesota, 1979-1981
  • Instructor, Extension Division, 1978-1980
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1976-1978
Education:
  • PhD, Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1981
  • BA, Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, 1975
Other:
  • Associate Director, Center on Aging, 1998-present
  • Member, University Senate, Univesity of Minnesota, 2001-2003
  • Member, College of Liberal Arts, Budget Advisory Committee, University of Minnesota, 1994-1995, 1996-1998, 2001-2003
  • Presenter, Responsible Conduct of Research 1, University of Minnesota 2000-2001
  • Member, Coordinator of Research Development Search Committee, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2000-2001
  • Member, Sequicentennial Symposia Review Committee, 2000
  • Member, Associate Dean Search Committee, College of Liberal Arts, Univeristy of Minnesota, 2000
  • Member, Executive Committee, Institute of Human Genetics, 1999
  • Member, Search Committee for new Head of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, 1998-1999
  • Member, Assistant Professor Search Committee in Communication Disorders, University of Minnesota, 1997-1998
  • Member, Graduate School Ad hoc Committee on Training in Research Ethics, 1997
  • Member, University ICR Working Group, University of Minnesota, 1995-1996
  • Member, University Intellectual Property Policy Committee, University of Minnesota, 1995-1996
  • Member, CLA Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, 1995-1996
  • Co-chair, Committee on Graduate Minor in Gerontology, 1992-1995
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?