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

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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