Jarrod Ellingson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry-Substance Dependence

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Graduate Schools :
  • MA, San Diego State University (2008)
  • PhD, University of Missouri - Columbia (2016)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Northern Iowa (IA) (2006)
Internship:
  • Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program (2016)
Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Substance Dependence

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institutes of Health (2017)
  • Internship Leadership Award, Yale University School of Medicine (2016)
    Awarded by internship faculty at the School of Medicine for outstanding contributions to the doctoral internship program.

Research Interests

My research program consists of two broad aims addressing the causes and effects of substance use: 1) understanding the shared mechanisms of heavy substance use and co-occurring conditions; and 2) disentangling familial confounds from the causes and effects of substance use disorders.

Teaching

  • Guest Lecturer (2020)
    School of Medicine, Psychiatry
    Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for the Addiction Fellowship and PGY-3.

Publications

  • Ellingson JM, Littlefield AK, Wood PK, Sher KJ. Delineating Developmental Periods in Adulthood Suggests Age-Related Shifts in the Correlates of Alcohol Use and Problems. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2021 Feb;45(2):446-456. PubMed PMID: 33512731
  • Karoly HC, Ross JM, Ellingson JM, Feldstein Ewing SW. Exploring Cannabis and Alcohol Co-Use in Adolescents: A Narrative Review of the Evidence. J Dual Diagn. 2020 Jan-Mar;16(1):58-74. PubMed PMID: 31519143
  • Ross JM, Ellingson JM, Rhee SH, Hewitt JK, Corley RP, Lessem JM, Friedman NP. Investigating the causal effect of cannabis use on cognitive function with a quasi-experimental co-twin design. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Jan 1;206:107712. PubMed PMID: 31753729
  • Bidwell LC, Ellingson JM, Karoly HC, YorkWilliams SL, Hitchcock LN, Tracy BL, Klawitter J, Sempio C, Bryan AD, Hutchison KE. Association of Naturalistic Administration of Cannabis Flower and Concentrates With Intoxication and Impairment. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020 Aug 1;77(8):787-796. PubMed PMID: 32520316
  • Ellingson JM, Ross JM, Winiger E, Stallings MC, Corley RP, Friedman NP, Hewitt JK, Tapert SF, Brown SA, Wall TL, Hopfer CJ. Familial factors may not explain the effect of moderate-to-heavy cannabis use on cognitive functioning in adolescents: a sibling-comparison study. Addiction. 2020 Sep 3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32881239
  • Winiger EA, Ellingson JM, Morrison CL, Corley RP, Pasman JA, Wall TL, Hopfer CJ, Hewitt JK. Sleep Deficits and Cannabis Use Behaviors: An Analysis of Shared Genetics Using Linkage Disequilibrium Score Regression and Polygenic Risk Prediction. Sleep. 2020 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32935850
  • Boness CL, Korucuoglu O, Ellingson JM, Merrill AM, McDowell YE, Trela CJ, Sher KJ, Piasecki TM, Kerns JG. Twenty-first birthday drinking: Extreme-drinking episodes and white matter microstructural changes in the fornix and corpus callosum. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2019 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31789553
  • Ross JM, Ellingson JM, Rhee SH, Hewitt JK, Corley RP, Lessem JM, Friedman NP. Investigating the causal effect of cannabis use on cognitive function with a quasi-experimental co-twin design. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Nov 2;:107712. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31753729
  • Hutchison KE, Bidwell LC, Ellingson JM, Bryan AD. Cannabis and Health Research: Rapid Progress Requires Innovative Research Designs. Value Health. 2019 Nov;22(11):1289-1294. PubMed PMID: 31708066
  • Ellingson JM, Bidwell LC, Hopfer CJ, Hutchison KE, Bryan AD. Correlates and Potential Confounds of Cannabis Withdrawal Among High-Risk Adolescents. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2019 Sep;80(5):557-562. PubMed PMID: 31603758
  • Karoly HC, Ross JM, Ellingson JM, Feldstein Ewing SW. Exploring Cannabis and Alcohol Co-Use in Adolescents: A Narrative Review of the Evidence. J Dual Diagn. 2019 Sep 13;:1-17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31519143
  • Hagerty SL, Ellingson JM, Helmuth TB, Bidwell LC, Hutchison KE, Bryan AD. An Overview and Proposed Research Framework for Studying Co-Occurring Mental- and Physical-Health Dysfunction. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2019 Jul;14(4):633-645. PubMed PMID: 31173535
  • Ellingson JM, Corley R, Hewitt JK, Friedman NP. A prospective study of alcohol involvement and the dual-systems model of adolescent risk-taking during late adolescence and emerging adulthood. Addiction. 2019 Apr;114(4):653-661. PubMed PMID: 30398695
  • Lin D, Hutchison KE, Portillo S, Vegara V, Ellingson JM, Liu J, Krauter KS, Carroll-Portillo A, Calhoun VD. Association between the oral microbiome and brain resting state connectivity in smokers. Neuroimage. 2019 Oct 15;200:121-131. PubMed PMID: 31201984
  • Vergés A, Ellingson JM, Schroder SA, Slutske WS, Sher KJ. Intensity of Daily Drinking and Its Relation to Alcohol Use Disorders. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2018 Sep;42(9):1674-1683. PubMed PMID: 29894003
  • Ellingson JM, Richmond-Rakerd LS, Statham DJ, Martin NG, Slutske WS. Most of the genetic covariation between major depressive and alcohol use disorders is explained by trait measures of negative emotionality and behavioral control. Psychol Med. 2016 Oct;46(14):2919-2930. PubMed PMID: 27460396
  • Lee MR, Ellingson JM, Sher KJ. Integrating Social-Contextual and Intrapersonal Mechanisms of "Maturing Out": Joint Influences of Familial-Role Transitions and Personality Maturation on Problem-Drinking Reductions. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Sep;39(9):1775-87. PubMed PMID: 26247314
  • Ellingson JM, Richmond-Rakerd LS, Slutske WS. Brief report: cognitive control helps explain comorbidity between alcohol use disorder and internalizing disorders. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2015 Jan;76(1):89-94. PubMed PMID: 25486397
  • Ellingson JM, Goodnight JA, Van Hulle CA, Waldman ID, D'Onofrio BM. A sibling-comparison study of smoking during pregnancy and childhood psychological traits. Behav Genet. 2014 Jan;44(1):25-35. PubMed PMID: 24085497
  • Ehlers CL, Gizer IR, Gilder DA, Ellingson JM, Yehuda R. Measuring historical trauma in an American Indian community sample: contributions of substance dependence, affective disorder, conduct disorder and PTSD. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013 Nov 1;133(1):180-7. PubMed PMID: 23791028
  • Slutske WS, Ellingson JM, Richmond-Rakerd LS, Zhu G, Martin NG. Shared genetic vulnerability for disordered gambling and alcohol use disorder in men and women: evidence from a national community-based Australian Twin Study. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2013 Apr;16(2):525-34. PubMed PMID: 23527679
  • Littlefield AK, Agrawal A, Ellingson JM, Kristjansson S, Madden PA, Bucholz KK, Slutske WS, Heath AC, Sher KJ. Does variance in drinking motives explain the genetic overlap between personality and alcohol use disorder symptoms? A twin study of young women. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2011 Dec;35(12):2242-50. PubMed PMID: 21790670
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Professional Memberships

  • Research Society on Alcoholism, Member
  • American Psychological Association, Member
  • Behavior Genetics Association, Member

Practice Locations

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Psychology
  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Specialized Training (2016)
  • Relapse Prevention (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Specialized Training (2016)
  • Motivational Interviewing, Specialized Training (2012)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Substance Abuse - Alcoholism
  • Substance Abuse
  • Substance Abuse - Drug Abuse
  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Anxiety
  • Mental Health and Behavior - Depression
Clinical Interests
My clinical work focuses on substance use disorders, as well as mindfulness-based interventions for substance use and a wide range of other conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety).

Care Philosophy
My work with patients revolves around a central tenet that people do not develop substance abuse and other psychiatric conditions in a vacuum. It is important to acknowledge this, identify what parts of a patient's life are related to their condition(s), and how skills can be applied within these contexts.

Public Speaking
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Provided guest lectures to high school classes on how genes and environment interact to affect behavior.

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MA, San Diego State University (2008)
  • PhD, University of Missouri - Columbia (2016)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Northern Iowa (IA) (2006)
Internships:
  • Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program (2016)
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Languages: English
Department: Psychiatry-Substance Dependence
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