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 clinical treatment of addiction and of post-traumatic stress disorder at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco. For the last 15 years, he has been teaching neuroscience and conversing about science with Buddhist monastics in India, Bhutan, and Nepal. David sees the BCSP as poised to contribute innovative investigation related to psychedelics as probes of the nature of mind and to explore the nexus between physical science and spirituality.