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, J. Maggs, M. McGue, S. Swartzwelder, R. Hingson, et al, "A Developmental Perspective on Alcohol and Youths 16 to 20 Years of Age," Pediatrics, Apr. 12, 2008
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:
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