Dr Stephen Bright
Dr Stephen Bright has worked as a clinically-trained psychologist within the Mental Health & AOD field for the past 20 years. He is currently Senior Lecturer of Drug Studies at Edith Cowan University. In addition to psychedelic science, Stephen conducts research into media reporting of AOD-related issues (as seen in the Daily Telegraph), emerging drug trends and harm reduction. He is an advocate for an evidence-based approach to AOD legislation and has provided oral evidence to parliamentary and coronial inquests. Stephen is a co-founder of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM), an Australian non-profit research association that develops, initiates, coordinates and supports formal research into mainstream medical applications of psychoactive compounds, known as psychedelics.
Dr Sandra Hacker
Dr Sandra Hacker is a psychiatrist in private practice and was liaison psychiatrist to the Alfred Hospital Heart-Lung Transplant Unit. Her clinical interest is major psychological trauma, treating adult victims of severe childhood sexual assault. She has chaired the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NHMRC and the HREC of the Victorian Department of Health and is a Deputy convener of Medical Panels. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2005 for services to the medical profession and awarded an honorary Doctorate of Medical Science by the University of Melbourne in 2012.
Dr Alana Roy
Dr Alana Roy is a Psychologist and Social Worker. She is the clinical coordinator, lead trainer, academic on the Certificate of Psychedelic Therapies and student placement supervisor at Mind Medicine Institute. Alana is involved in a range of emerging clinical trials and research projects in the area of MDMA, psilocybin and Ayahuasca. She is the coordinator of the psychedelic and plant medicine mental health professional network supported by the Department of Health. Alana runs a private practice; The Signs of Life Psychology in Melbourne specialising in complex trauma, disabilities and dual diagnosis and working with the Deaf community by providing therapy in Auslan sign language. She is a Board Approved Psychology and Social Work supervisor and works with a range of Australian universities as a sessional academic, providing field education and supervision services across a range of mental health services, including PRISM- Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine in partnership with Melissa Warner. Alana has over 15 years of experience working with at various Rape Crisis Centres and Sexual Assault Crisis Lines and has provided social work services on various human trafficking projects in Kamapthipura Mumbai and the Philippines. Alana specialises in preparation and integration in the field of psychedelic and sexual abuse survivors, particularly with Ayahuasca and the vegetelista dieta process. She is passionate about co-creating a psychedelic ecology which values connection, safety and integrity; being a bridge for the science and the sacred.
For more information about her personal journey towards healing and psychedelics please see blog below.
Professor Jerome Sarris
Professor of Integrative Mental Health at NICM Health Research Institute at Westmead, Western Sydney University. He is the Co-Director of the not-for-profit Psychae Institute (focusing on botanical psychedelic medicine research), also holding a Visiting Scientist appointment at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne University. Jerome has a particular interest in mood and anxiety disorder research pertaining to psychotropic plant medicines (in particular on Kava, medicinal cannabis, and psychedelics), and Lifestyle Medicine. Prof Sarris has around 220 academic publications (cited over 10,000 times), including journal articles featured in The American Journal of Psychiatry, Lancet Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, and World Psychiatry. He has conducted many RCTs in the field, including several NHMRC and MRFF funded projects. Jerome Chairs the Taskforce on Integrative and Complementary Medicine for the World Federation of Societies for Biological Psychiatry & the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments.
Photo credit: Dwight Carter
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