Dr. Sznitman received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Manchester and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Stockholm University. She then completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Annenberg Public Policy Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010 Dr. Sznitman joined the School of Public Health at the University of Haifa where she is a senior lecturer.
Dr. Sznitman’s most recent research mainly focuses on medical cannabis use and policies in Israel and in cross-national contexts. Currently, her funded projects include examination of barriers and facilitators of physicians’ medical cannabis recommendations and examination of the evolution of medical cannabis policies. In addition, Dr. Sznitman’s research focuses on illegal drug use, including a collaboration with the Global Cannabis Cultivation Research Consortium that focuses on domestic cannabis cultivation. Dr. Sznitman also examines the social as well as individual forces that lead to substance use and how this knowledge can be used to develop novel and more effective drug prevention programs. Dr. Sznitman and her colleagues have conducted research projects that aim to understand the nature of individual differences (e.g. sensation seeking), school level differences (e.g. school climate and random student drug testing policies) and national level difference (e.g. drug use normalization) and how these factors relate to substance use.