“Team Talk”: Marijuana and Sport: An Update on Legalization and Performance


Day Two: June 12, 2018

9:15 – 9:45 am


Speaker: LaTisha Bader, PhD, LP, LAC, CC-AASP

Clinical Director, Denver Women’s Recovery

Session Description:

Round 2! After an eye opening initial lesson in cannabis at the 2016 Sport Exchange Summit, we will take on the next chapter of information. This Team-talk presentation will outline the rapidly changing culture of cannabis use, perception of risk, and common exchanges regarding substance use policy and use in athletes. It will also review public health concerns, influence on performance, and how to have an intelligent “cannabis conversation.”


By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify new trends in use, potency, products, and marketing practices that make athletes vulnerable to use.
  • Describe how the legalization of recreational cannabis has influenced public health, perception and consumption.
  • Recall evidence-based effects of cannabis on sport performance and effective ways to communicate use deterrence.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Bader joined Denver Women’s Recovery team in 2017, bringing with her a breadth of knowledge and a variety of experience in clinical settings.

Dr. Bader has worked in the field of mental health and addiction for more than 16 years. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2007 with a PhD in counseling psychology and specialization in sport psychology, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Chemical Dependency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Addiction Counselor, in addition she also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant.

Dr. Bader has worked in a variety of treatment settings including residential, outpatient, private practice, and Native American health care. She spent time in the collegiate environment in athletic departments and counseling centers. She transitioned to DWR after a rewarding experience at the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) as the Manager of the Professionals Program and Ascent track (for elite athletes).

She complements the multi-disciplinary team by providing clinical evaluations, group facilitation, trauma integrated treatment, and brings years of experience working with professionals, executives and athletes. In addition, she maintains a private practice offering counseling, consultation, and sport psychology services.