Stacey A. McKenna, PhD is a science writer and research consultant. Trained as a social scientist of health and medicine, she has studied how drug use affects health and well-being; how societies define, classify, and regulate substances; and how prohibition plays out in people’s lives. In her work with R Street, she examines the latest research on drug regulation and harm reduction.

She holds a BA and an MA in Anthropology and a PhD in Health & Behavioral Sciences.