Jacob M Vigil

Associate Professor

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(505) 277-0374
Logan Hall Rm 116
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2007
Curriculum vitae

Research Area/s:

Evolution and Development,  Health Psychology

Research Interests:

  • theory on the evolution of social behaviors
  • pain perception
  • stress responses
  • sex differences
  • emotion
  • reproductive development
  • medical Cannabis
  • entheogens


Accepting students?  Dr. Vigil is accepting students for Fall 2022.  Please email Dr. Vigil if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies.

My basic research focuses on the development and expression of human instincts.  My applied research focuses on health disparities and patient treatment, with a particular focus on effects of medical cannabis consumption on patient health outcomes.

Selected Publications

Doremus, J.M., Stith, S. S., & Vigil, J.M. (2020). Off-label use of recretional cannabis: Acid reflux in Colorado. Economics Bulletin, 40, 338-348.

Doremus, J.M., Stith, S. S., & Vigil, J.M. (2019). Using recreational cannabis to treat insomnia: Evidence from over-the-counter sleep aid sales in Colorado. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 47, 102207.

Li, X., Vigil, J.M. Stith, S.S., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2019). The effectiveness of self-directed medical cannabis treatment for pain. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 46, 123-130.

Stith, S. S., Vigil, J. M., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2019). The association between cannabis product characteristics and symptom relief. Scientific Reports, 9, 2712. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-39462-1

Diviant, J. P., Vigil,J. M. Stith, S. S (2018). The role of cannabis within an emerging perspective on schizophrenia. Medicines, 5, 86.

Stith, S. S., Vigil, J. M., Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2018). Patient-reported symptom relief following medical cannabis consumption. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9, 96.

Vigil, J. M., Stith, S. S., Diviant, J. P. Brockelman, F., Keenan, K., & Hall, B. (2018). Effectiveness of raw, natural medical Cannabis flower for treating insomnia under naturalistic conditions. Medicines, 5(3), 75.

Vigil, J. M., Stith, S. S., Reeve, A. P. (2018). Accuracy of patient opioid use reporting at the time of medical cannabis license renewal. Pain Research and Management, 1, 1-4.

Stith, S. S., Vigil, J. M., Adams, I. M., & Reeve, A. P. (2018). Effects of legal access to cannabis on Scheduled II-V drug prescriptions. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 19, 59-64.e1. 

Vigil, J. M., Stith, S. S., Adams, I. M., & Reeve, A. P. (2017). Associations between medical cannabis and prescription opioid use in chronic pain patients: A preliminary cohort study. PLoS ONE. 12(11): e0187795.

Vigil, J. M., Coulombe, P., Alcock, J., Stith, S. S., Kruger, E., & Cichowski, S. (2017). How nurse gender influences patient priority assignments in U.S. emergency departments. Pain. 158(3): 377-382.

Stith, S. S., & Vigil, J. M. V. (2016). Federal barriers to Cannabis research. Science, 352 (6290), 1182.

Vigil, J.M., Coulombe, P., Alcock, J., Kruger, E., Stith, S. S., Strenth, E., Parshall, M., & Cichowski, S. B. (2016). Patient ethnicity affects triage assessments and prioritization in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency Departments. Medicine. 95(14):e3191. 

Vigil, J. M., & Strenth, C. (2014). No pain, no social gains: A social-signaling perspective of human pain behaviors. World Journal of Anesthesiology, 3(1), 18-30 Available from:  URL: http://www.wjgnet.com/2218-6182/abstract/v3/i1/18.htm

Vigil, J. M., & Alcock, J. (2014). Tough guys or cry babies? Disentangling the role of examiner gender on patient pain reports. Pain Research & Management, 19, e9-e12.

Vigil, J. M., & Coulombe, P. (2011). Biological sex and audience affects pain intensity and observational coding of other people's pain behaviors. Pain. 152, 2125-2130.

Vigil, J. M. (2011). Current states of opinion and future directions on the epidemiology of sex differences in human pain. Pain Research and Management, 16, 317-319. 

Vigil, J. M., Geary, D. C., Granger, D. A., & Flinn, M. V. (2010). Sex differences in salivary cortisol, alpha-amylase, and psychological functioning following Hurricane Katrina. Child Development, 81, 1228-1240. 

Vigil, J. M. (2009). A socio-relational framework of sex differences in the expression of emotion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 375-428.

Courses Taught

  • Cannabis Health Research; PSY-450/650
  • Psychological Research Techniques; PSY-302
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality; PSY-231
  • Evolution, Cognition and Behaviors: PSY 342
  • Advanced Social Psychology; PSY 450/650
  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Social, Health Psychology; PSY 450/650
  • Emotion and Health PSY 450/650
  • Social Psychology of Health Promotion PSY 515


Graduate Students:

Joaquin Orozco

I am continuously seeking the brightest, hardest working, and most passionate Ph.D. students focused specifically on the advancement of medical cannabis health sciences.