With the recent re-emergence of psychedelic research demonstrating therapeutic efficacy for a variety of psychiatric and medical conditions, a small group of residents, fellows and faculty at Yale that initially met informally to discuss current research recognized the need for a more structured educational initiative to illuminate this important and rapidly growing area of science. The Yale Psychedelic Science Group (YPSG) was established in January 2016 as an interest group within the Yale Department of Psychiatry to discuss issues at the intersection of psychedelic substances and psychiatry.
Although the YPSG hopes to enlarge the scope of its discussion and activities, its initial focus will be on contemporary clinical research and the mechanisms of action of psychedelic treatments. Therefore, the YPSG has organized a forum where clinicians and scholars from across Yale can learn about and discuss recent studies in an academically rigorous manner. At our monthly meetings, research scientists from outside institutions who are actively engaged in clinical studies with classical psychedelic compounds present their findings. The primary objectives of this forum are to promote a critical examination of the presented work and to encourage the sharing of interdisciplinary perspectives during the ensuing discussion period.
Members of the YPSG organizing committee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may subscribe, unsubscribe or edit your subscription to the YPSG email listserv by visiting http://mailman.yale.edu/mailman/listinfo/yalepsych
YPSG Events Listing
March 13, 2019 - Dr. Raquel Bennett is a psychologist, specialist in ketamine therapy, and founder of KRIYA Institute an organization devoted to understanding the therapeutic uses of ketamine and related medicines.
Title - ""Therapeutic Ketamine: Models and Mechanisms in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy" Watch a video of the presentation
December 12, 2018 - Ingmar Gorman, PhD, Co-Clinical Investigator, MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Phase 3 Study; Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Elizabeth Nielson, PhD, Psychologist, Experimental Therapeutics Research Laboratory, NYU School of Medicine
Title - "Psychedelic Integration and Compassionate Pragmatism in Clinical Encounters"
November 15, 2018 - Kathryn L. Tucker, JD, Executive Director, End of Life Liberty Project
Title - "Psychedelic Medicine: Galvanizing Changes in Law and Policy to Allow Access for Patients Suffering Anxiety Associated with Terminal Illness" Watch a video of the presentation
November 7, 2018 - Discussants Dr. David Finitsis, Senior Scientist, Hartford Healthcare Center; and Dr. Andrew Putnam, Director of Adult Palliative Medicine, Smilow Cancer Hospital
Title - "Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Patients with Life-Threatening Cancer"
October 17, 2018 - YPSG Welcome Event and Movie Screening
Title - "A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin"
May 8, 2018 - Kenneth Alper, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Title - "The Ibogaine Project: Urban Ethnomedicine for Opioid Use Disorder"
April 4, 2018 - Alan K. Davis, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Title - "The Epidemiology and Therapeutic Potential of 5-MeO-DMT"
Alan K. Davis, PhD, April 4, 2018
March 14, 2018 - Joe Tafur, MD, Guest Lecturer, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Director of Modern Spirit, Inc.
Title - "The Healing Potential of Ayahuasca Shamanism: Case Studies at the Intersection of Biology, Emotion, and Spirituality" Watch a video of the presentation
Joe Tafur, MD, March 14, 2018
February 4, 2018 - Eduardo Kohn, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, McGill University
Title - "Psychedelics and the Afflictions of an Ecology of Mind: Insights from the Ecuadorian Amazon"
December 13, 2017 - Mason Marks, MD, JD, Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School, Information Society Project.
Title - "Legal Barriers to Research on Schedule I Controlled Substances" Watch a video of the presentation
November 29, 2017 - Brian D. Earp, MSc (Oxford), MPhil (Cambridge), Associate Director, The Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy, Yale University and The Hastings Center.
Title - "Pioneering Training in Psychedelic Therapy: The Experience of CHS and Future Directions"
October 23, 2017 - Tyler Gage, Co-founding partner and strategic advisor to NAKU, a healing center run by the Sapara people in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Title - "Plant Medicine Meets Biomedicine: Creating Integrated Healing Centers in the Amazon" Watch a video of the presentation
February 7, 2017 - Franz X. Vollenweider, DR., MD, FMH Psych., Director Center for Psychiatric Research, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics, University of Zürich.
Title - "The Neurobiology of Psychedelic Drugs: Implications for the Treatment of Mood Disorders"
March 7, 2017 - Janis Phelps, Ph.D., professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Director of the CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research.
Title - "Pioneering Training in Psychedelic Therapy: The Experience of CIIS and Future Directions"
September 20, 2016 - Jeffrey Guss, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New York University
Title - "Psychedelic Therapy: A Treatment in Search of a Disorder"
October 6, 2016 - Bia Labate, PhD, Visiting Professor at the Center for Research and Post Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Guadalajara, Mexico
Title - "Ayahuasca and Health: An Overview of Medical and Social Science Research"
October 11, 2016 - Alicia Danforth, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Title - "MDMA-assisted Therapy for Social Anxiety in Autistic Adults"
November 8, 2016 - Katherine MacLean, PhD, Research Scientist and Co-founder/Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care program in New York City
Topic - "Measuring the Mystical Experience, Integration of Psychedelic Treatment"
December 13, 2016 - Katrin Preller, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Zurich, Department of Psychiatry
Topic - "fMRI/EEG Studies Investigating the Pharmacological and Neural Correlates of Altered States of Consciousness"
January 19, 2016 - Peter H. Addy, PhD, Yale Associate Research Scientist in Anesthesiology, VA Connecticut Health Care System
Title - "Inaugural Session: Historical And Current Perspectives On Psychedelic Research"
February 9, 2016 - Albert Garcia-Romeo, MD, Research Associate in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Title - "Psilocybin in the Treatment of Smoking Addiction: Psychological Mechanisms and Participant Accounts"
March 8, 2016 - Tehseen Noorani, PhD, visiting scholar in Anthropology at the New York School for Social Research
Title - "Psychedelic-assisted Addiction Treatment: Participant Accounts and Qualitative Perspectives"
April 12, 2016 - Alexander Belser, PhD (cand.), MPhil, Fellow and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Applied Psychology, New York University
Title - "Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy and Psychedelically Occasioned Mystical Experiences: A Preview of Recent Findings from NYU"
May 10, 2016 - Frederick Barrett, PhD, Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
Title - "Psilocybin, Meditation, Mystical Experiences, and Neuroimaging"
May 19, 2016 - Leor Roseman, PhD (cand.), Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London
Title - "Neural Correlates of LSD-Induced, Eyes-Closed, Psychedelic Imagery"
Yale Psychedelic Science Group In the News
Yale Psychedelic Science Group Leadership
Residents and faculty who lead the Yale Psychedelic Science Group are: