Education & Training

San Francisco VA Healthcare System

University of California, San Francisco

  • Clinical research fellowship (2019-2021)

  • Clinical fellowship in substance use, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders (2018-2019)

 

St. Louis VA Healthcare System

  • Clinical internship (2017-2018)

    • Rotations: palliative care, geropsychology, combat PTSD, substance use disorders

Pacific University, School of Graduate Psychology

  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology (2018)

    • Health Psychology Track

    • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

  • MA in Clinical Psychology (2015)

Syracuse University (2012)

  • BA in Sociology, minors in Public Health and Gerontology

 

 

Research

My research interests involve mind-body medicine and the use of holistic therapies to address psychiatric concerns. I am particularly focused on non-ordinary states of consciousness and the effects of psychedelic medicines on cognition, health, and functioning. I have participated in planning and conducting clinical psilocybin trials, and have provided facilitation to participants in Usona Institute's FDA approved study of psilocybin therapy for major depression. I also received training from the Mutidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) to provide MDMA-assisted therapy to adults with PTSD and will soon be facilitating MDMA- and psilocybin-assisted therapy sessions in clinical trials at the Portland VA. I enjoy the creativity of clinical research and strive to contribute to the scientific understanding of novel, alternative approaches to psychiatric care.

    

*Please note that I do not condone the use of illicit substances outside of legally sanctioned and ethically responsible research studies or cultural ceremonies.  I do not refer clients to sources for obtaining illicit substances.