Matthew Broussard

Research Technician
University Staff
DTPHX Campus

Research Interests

Broadly, my research interests include the role of psychopharmacology in treating substance use disorders and anxiety related disorders. More specifically, I wish to understand the etiology of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance use disorder; as well as the efficacy of various psychopharmacological treatments and psychotherapeutic methods in treating mental disorders. My past work has consisted of: investigating the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for PTSD, examining the subjective effects of cannabis in both emerging adults and older adults, validation of a Parental Permissiveness Scale to Marijuana Use, development and validation of a Cannabis Impaired Control Scale, and assessing how stress influences impaired control over alcohol consumption. My additional interests include: the role that religion and culture play in psychological treatment, the efficacy of Western vs. Eastern therapeutic practices, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for mental disorder.

Research Group

Social Addictions Impulse Lab, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

Substance Use, Health, and Behavior Lab, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University.

Scottsdale Research Institute, Phoenix, Arizona

Research Activity

2019-Present College Behavior: Alcohol and Cannabis

2018-2019 Marijuana for Symptoms of P.T.S.D. in U.S. Veterans 

2017-2019 Cannabis Concentrate Use among Medical Marijuana Users

2017-2019 Contextual and Interpersonal Influences on Impaired Control Over Drinking

2018 Alcohol, Substance Use, & Parenting

2018 Behavioral Strategies for Detecting Acute Cannabis Concentration

2017-2018 Risk and Protective Factors for Freshman Mental Health

2017 Alcohol Administration Study

2017 Cannabis and Older Adults             


2018 41st Annual Research Society on Alcoholism

          Ebbert, A.M.; Patock-Peckham, J.A.; Ruof, A.; White, M.; Broussard, M.

          Can a Model of Parent Specific Socialization Towards Alcohol Use be Used to Develop a Measure of Parentall Permissiveness to Marijuana Use?


2019                USG $10,000 Sponsporship for the 2019 Arizona Psychedelic Conference

2018                Research Society on Alcoholism, Member

2017                Golden Key International Honor Society, Member

2017                Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Member

2017                Arizona State University, University Grant

2016-2017       College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, Deans List

2016                Phi Theta Kappa, All-State Louisiana Academic Team

2016                Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Member

2014-2016       Delgado Community College, Deans List

Professional Associations

Scottsdale Research Institute, Phoenix, Arizona

Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona


One of three founding members of The Ecstasis Club (TEC). Other founding members include: Mayan Eartheart, and Derek Espinoza. TEC is an official student organization at ASU that focuses on the discussion and education of altered states of consciousness. TEC is interested in flow, contemplative, psychedelic, and other altered stated. TEC is run by our faculty advisor Scott Cloutier, Ph.D., Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU.

Responsibilities: We hosted monthly meetings centered around discussing peer reviewed journals on topic surrounding altered states, and how to integrate these states into our daily lives to be a positive influence on our lives and those in our community. I oversaw scheduling club meetings, networking with other clubs for events, and communicating with USG to approve club funding.

Community outreach has included: We volunteered with Sonoran Prevention Works to create 5000+ opioid overdose prevention kits to be used in the state of Arizona. We organized ASU’s first annual Bicycle Day event, which included a student celebration and movie screening to promote academic research and medical use of psychedelic substances. We collaborated with Joe Moore of Psychedelics Today to host community meetings in Phoenix Arizona to discuss the safety and efficacy of psychedelics. We have also worked with Joe Moore to host a workshop on Holotropic Breathwork. We worked with Syndee Eartheart, M.A., to host several workshops on Breathing Techniques and Positive Psychology. We worked with Tyler Garcia to host a two-day workshop around the importance of flow states in our lives. We worked with Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) to host From Shock to Awe, a documentary about healing PTSD with ayahuasca, MDMA, and cannabis. We helped advertise for a Psychedelic Psychotherapy Workshop, held at SCNM. We also sponsored SCNM to host their first Arizona Psychedelics Conference.

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

2019      Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

               PSY: 430: Industrial Psychology

              Julie Patock-Peckham, Ph.D.

              Organizations and management systems: motivation and work performance; human factors in systems design and evaluation; personnel selection and testing.

2018       Psychology Mentor

                Psychology Mentorship Program  Arizona State University

                I served as a psychology mentor for three mentees to connect these new students with both incoming and returning students. I have helped create a comfortable, safe, and encouraging environment. I have provided my mentees with the resources, knowledge, and experiences that ASU offers. I also gave these students the opportunity to make their mark on the Department of Psychology.

                 Responsibilities: To accomplish these goals: I made it a point to check-in with my mentees at least once a week electronically or in person, I met with my mentees at least once a month in person, and I had a general understanding of any problems or concerns that my mentees had week to week. After meeting with my mentees, I wrote a brief report around mid-terms and finals to let the department know how my mentee were doing. During my mentorship, I have attended workshops with my mentees to ensure their academic success.

                  Mentees: Jedidiah Hemphill, Janell Aguirre, Jackie Labozetta

                  Workshops: Road to Graduate School, Leadership 101

2018      Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

PSY: 330: Statistical Methods

Julie Patock-Peckham, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology, Arizona State University. This is the graduate school preparation course for undergraduates and reflects the second course in statistics for undergraduates/

Topics include: Between Subjects Analysis of Variance, Repeated Measures Analysis of Variance, Orthogonal Contrasts, Power, a brief introduction to Regression, data management in SPSS, and programming in SPSS.

2018      Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

PSY 399: Psychology and Science Fiction

Matthew Meier, PsyD.

Department of Psychology, Arizona State University\

Explores the discipline of Psychology through the medium of science fiction movies, books, and short stories

Work History

Paid Research Assistant for Dr. Suzanne Sisley, M.D., in Phase 2 trials of a Placebo-Controlled, Triple-Blind, Randomized Crossover Pilot Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Four Different Potencies of Smoked Marijuana in 76 Veterans with Chronic, Treatment-Resistant Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Responsibilities: CITI Training certified for Human Research. Certified to administer the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) for research as well as in clinical contexts. Specific responsibilities include: Recruited and screened research participants, as well as collected participant demographic information. I assisted Research Lab Associate, Kady Bentz, M.S., in collecting, analyzing, packaging, and shipping specimen samples: urine and blood/plasma. Currently pursing on the job training for a state certification in Phlebotomy and have completed 52/100 successful blood draws. I have taken participant vitals: blood pressure, pulse, temperature, arterial oxygen.

I collected participant medical history: previous diagnoses, medication information, allergies, incarceration history, hospitalization history, history of adverse effects to medication, and previous treatment information. I administered a Timeline Follow Back (TLFB) to detect possible substance use disorder. I assisted Study Coordinator, Ben Schechet, B.S., in overseeing in-lab questionnaires such as: the research version of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5-RV), the SCID-5 for Personality Disorders (SCID-5-PD), The SCID-5 Screening Personality Questionnaire (SCID-5-SPQ), the Life Events Checklist (LEC-5), the PTSD Checklist (PCL-5), the Marijuana Withdrawal Checklist (MWC), the Cannabis Use Disorder Identification Test  Revised (CUDIT-R), and the STOP-BANG Sleep Apnea Questionnaire. I instructed participants on various anti-panic/anti-anxiety techniques such as: grounding, deep breathing, and mindfulness meditation. Upon enrollment, I helped in distributing and collecting data from an Actigraph to monitor sleep behavior. During the participants first visit, I oversaw the participants self-administration of marijuana, while taking vitals and checking for adverse effects. I am trained to assist the medical team if a participant has a difficult experience with marijuana. During a 4 hour period, after the self-administration of marijuana, my primary goal was to ensure participant safety and comfort.

During post-drug administration, I administered the Drug Effects Questionnaire (DEQ) and analyzed the participants subjective experience and general wellbeing. After it has been established that the participant has no adverse reactions to study drug, I assisted in packaging 12.6 grams of marijuana for the participant to self-administer at his/her home each week, for a total of 6 weeks. Once the participant returns with unused marijuana, I assisted in repackaging unused marijuana to be returned to the DEA for analysis. I am trained in scoring the DEQ self-report. I am also trained to enter data obtained from participant visits into Medrio, an online clinical database, as well as check for queries and possible logical errors. I have received Study Coordinator training which consists of: paying participants for their time in the lab, assessing suicidality and general well-being, scheduling participants for future visits, scheduling participants with an independent rater to assess levels of PTSD, and reporting to study monitors to ensure data entry is done properly. I have lead a team of volunteers to ensure all data from the study is entered and quality controlled. These volunteers included: Chrysta Andrade, B.S., John Curtis, and Rachel Schaeffer.


Paid Supervisor (250+ recorded hours) for Dr. Julie Patock-Peckham, Ph.D. with an addictions research project to understand the etiology of alcohol use disorders in emerging adulthood.

Responsibilities: First and foremost, my duty as a Supervisor was to insure safety for participants and Research Assistants for a 9-12 hour protocol. Other specific responsibilities as a Supervisor included: administering alcohol to participants, administering a TLFB, running the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST), administering a brief relaxation period, as well as recording heartrate, cortisol samples, and blood alcohol content (BAC), administering State Trait Anxiety Inventory, as well as standard opening and closing procedures. These procedures include: making sure all research assistants are attending their designated shift, insuring the labs technology is set up for the study, debriefing the participant at the end of the protocol, handling the labs money, paying the participant, and assigning a UBER or Lyft driver to the participant in order for them to get home safely. My specific responsibilities as a research assistant included: administering cognitive tests such as: Go-No Go, Emotional Go-No Go, Stroop, Emotional Stroop, Trails A, Trails B, and multiple online surveys through Qualtrics. Other responsibilities include: making sure lab equipment is used properly, cleaned, and stored, and being observant of participants behavior and cognitive functioning. I also lead a SPSS coding team for the lab. Our responsibilities included: cleaning and entering all data obtained in session 1 and session 2 lab visits. I was also part of an iMotions review team, in which we would quality control videos taken in session 2 lab visits to assess levels of mood and affect. Trained in Linguistics Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) transcription program. Some experience with Mplus. Slight experience with Structural Equation Models (SEM).


                          Head Parkour Coach & Gym Manager for Scottsdale Gymanstics and Trampoline

Responsibilities: I instructed children (3 years +) and adults to exercise safely, overcome fears, and build positive thinking habits to promote better self-concept. I assisted with promotion of business through social media, photography, and videography. I managed a team of coaches to ensure gym safety, and a fun environment for children. I helped design pilot program to implement parkour into the Physical Education curriculum within the Deer Valley School District. I used networking skills and Spanish speaking skills to organize and judge first Parkour competition in Merida, Mexico during ASU Study Abroad of Summer 2017.


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