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Marvin KrankMarvin Krank

Professor of Psychology


Recent Publications and Presentations

Curriculum Vitae for Marvin Krank

Current Research Projects

Dr. Krank has a Ph.D. in Psychology with an active research program in substance use with an emphasis on adolescents. He has published numerous articles and presents extensively to professional conferences, invited symposia, and community groups. Dr. Krank has served as principal investigator on research grants totalling nearly $800,000. His research focuses on the psychological determinants of drug use and drug effects including seminal work on the drug tolerance, drug withdrawal and cognitive models of addiction.

Dr. Krank currently leads the Project on Adolescent Trajectories and Health (PATH) and directs the Alternative Intervention for Marijuana Suspensions (AIMS) project. PATH is a longitudinal research project on the social and cognitive determinants of risk-taking behaviours and their health outcomes in youth. This project, funded federally by the SSHRC and CIHR, is multidisciplinary and involves researchers from York University, University of Calgary, University of Western Ontario, Dalhousie University, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the University of Southern California.  AIMS is a target prevention program for middle and secondary school students suspended for marijuana violations in school.  The program uses brief assessment and motivational interviewing to reduce marijuana use.  This program is one of several Dr. Krank is developing which explicit target the cognitive changes that accompany and precede substance use and the escalation of substance use.


When time permits, Dr. Krank still enjoys teaching. Over the past few years he has taught courses in Drugs and Behaviour, Health Psychology, Advanced Statistics, and Psychopharmacology.

Academic History

Dr. Marvin Krank joined UBC's Okanagan campus as Dean of Graduate Studies and professor of psychology in July, 2005. He served as Dean of Graduate Studies until July, 2011. For the previous twelve years, Dr. Krank was Vice-President (Academic), Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Dean of Arts and Education at Okanagan University College. Dr. Krank moved to Kelowna from his position as Head of Psychology at Mount Alison University where he taught for ten years.  He also taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Toronto. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington. 

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