Sara Jane Ward, PhD

Adjunct Instructor


PhD, Neuroscience, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC - 2004

BA, Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT - 1997


Research & Interest

Behavioral pharmacological effects of the cannabinoid, serotonin, & opioid receptor systems on neuropathic pain & neuroprotection, learning & memory, & addiction.


Dr. Sara Jane Ward is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Substance Abuse Research, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University.  

She earned her PhD in neuroscience at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem NC. Dr. Ward is currently working on several projects to elucidate the therapeutic potential of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, including studies supported by the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense investigating the efficacy of cannabidiol for the treatment of peripheral and central neuropathic pain. Other projects include investigating the efficacy of cannabidiol and synthetic cannabinoids on a range of nervous system targets including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and addiction.


Health Implications of Medicinal Cannabi

Conventional & Cannabinoid Therapy of Disease 

Pathology Potentially Responsive to Cannabis