Bob Jesse

Bob Jesse has been a quiet, driving force behind the contemporary psychedelic renaissance. He was instrumental in forming the psilocybin research team at Johns Hopkins and has co-authored several of its papers. He has led the drafting of foundational documents: a Code of Ethics for Spiritual Guides (1995), an amicus brief (2005) for the U.S. Supreme Court in a successful … Continue Reading »

David Presti

David Presti has taught neurobiology and psychology at UC Berkeley for thirty years, with the history, psychological value, and known neurobiology of psychedelics as important parts of his instructional curriculum. Throughout those years, he also worked to shift educational dialogue and public policy related to psychedelics. For more than a decade, he worked in the … Continue Reading »

Jennifer Mitchell, PhD

Jennifer Mitchell, PhD is the Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, San Francisco VA Medical Center and Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at UCSF, where she oversees a research program focused on understanding the neural mechanisms responsible for impulsivity and addiction in relation to stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma (PTSD) … Continue Reading »

Brian Anderson MD, MSc

Brian Anderson MD, MSc is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF / Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he works as a psychiatrist in Psychiatric Emergency Services. He has conducted observational and clinical research on the effects of the use of psychedelics and other drugs for over a decade. In 2018, he conducted an open-label … Continue Reading »

Celina De Leon M.Div

Celina De Leon M.Div, has 20 years of experience in the field of psychedelics with particular experience working with various indigenous and spiritual lineages. Her long-standing relationship with the Kamentsa indigenous community of the upper Putumayo of Colombia informs her perspective on valuing how indigenous knowledge contributes to our understanding around the spiritual and therapeutic uses … Continue Reading »

Sam Berrin Shonkoff

Sam Berrin Shonkoff is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. His scholarship focuses on themes of embodiment and representations of human-divine encounter in German-Jewish thought, Hasidism, and Neo-Hasidism. He is the editor of Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy (Brill, 2018) and co-editor of Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community, and Life in the Modern World (Brandeis … Continue Reading »

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is the James L and John S Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley and the author of eight books, including How To Change Your Mind, his 2018 account of the renaissance of scientific research into psychedelics. He is excited to lead the public education program of the BCSP, the first effort of … Continue Reading »

Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner is a professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. His research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, and humility, as well as power, social class, and inequality. In his role at the BCSP, he is interested in what the … Continue Reading »

Alison Gopnik

Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a member of the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research group. She is an internationally recognized leader in cognitive science and has a particular interest in learning and plasticity, exploration, flexibility, and imagination – abilities … Continue Reading »

Michael Silver

Michael Silver is a professor in the School of Optometry and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. Research in the Silver laboratory is focused on the brain mechanisms of visual perception, attention, and learning. His team seeks to better understand how the brain actively constructs representations of the visual environment, using a combination … Continue Reading »