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Psychedelic Therapy: Problems and Promises

Fall Forum 2022 - Psychedelic Therapy: Problems and Promises
Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:00 pm
- 2:00 pm ET
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2022 Annual Fall Forum

The past several years have witnessed a resurgence of interest in classic psychedelics (e.g., psilocybin, LSD, DMT) and empathogens/entactogens (e.g., MDMA) for their potential therapeutic applications in a range of psychiatric conditions, including major depressive disorder, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and substance use disorders. Although psilocybin and MDMA are now in late-stage FDA regulatory clinical trials, there is still a paucity of adequately powered, randomized, controlled data on the efficacy, tolerability and safety of these approaches. Major unresolved issues include the role of “set and setting” and non-drug factors in the potential benefit of these approaches, and the optimal delivery of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for patients.

This webinar brought together several leading experts to provide their clinical and research perspectives on the psychedelic medicine field as it pertains to depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

A leading academic psychiatry expert (Dr. Carhart-Harris) was the keynote speaker and discussed the state of the science for psilocybin in depression, including a discussion of its history, neuropsychopharmacology, clinical effects, and safety.

This keynote lecture was followed by a panel discussion including leading clinical and research faculty experts in classic psychedelics and MDMA (Drs. Carhart-Harris, Fonzo, Yehuda, and Ross) who discuss emerging scientific, clinical, and regulatory challenges for the field.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To describe the neuropsychopharmacology and mechanisms of actions of several classic psychedelics and empathogens
  2. To review the strengths and limitations of recent clinical trials of psilocybin and MDMA for patients with treatment-resistant depression and PTSD, respectively
  3. To discuss challenges for clinicians in the adoption and implementation of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy

Keynote Presentation | Psychedelics: Brain Mechanisms

Presented by Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD

Panel Discussion | Psychedelic Therapy: Problems and Promises

Expert Panelists: Greg Fonzo, PhD, Stephen Ross, MD, and Rachel Yehuda, PhD

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Trending Articles About Psychedelics

Psychedelics are a Promising Therapy, but They Can Be Dangerous for Some, NY Times, February 19, 2023 - Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD

NIH-Funded Psychedelic Trial Will Study Whether Hallucinogen Can Help Smokers Quit, NBC News, October 26, 2022 - Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD

With Promise of Legalization, Psychedelic Companies Joust Over Future Profits, NY Times, October 25, 2022 - Stephen Ross, MD

Can psychedelics combat prolonged grief? Dell Medical School launches study to find out, KUT 95, Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD and Gregory Fonzo, PhD

Is the Psychedelic Therapy Bubble About to Burst?, Wired, August 31, 2022 - Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD quoted

Ketamine infusions improve symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation, study says, CNN, September 13, 2022

Who should try ketamine therapy? What does it feel like?, Washington Post, September 12, 2022

Psilocybin as mental health therapy? Here’s what I found, Washington Post. September 5, 2022

Psychedelic Therapy: A Tool Against PTSD,, September 1, 2022 - Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD and Gregory Fonzo, PhD

Is the Psychedelic Therapy Bubble About to Burst?, Wired, August 31, 2022 - Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD 

Dying Patients Are Fighting for Access to Psychedelics,, August 24 ,2022

Psychedelics Take on Depression, Nature, August 24, 2022 

How psilocybin, the psychedelic in mushrooms, may rewire the brain to ease depression, anxiety and more, CNN,  June 11, 2022

Presenter(s) Biography

Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD

Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD

Robin Carhart-Harris, PhD is the Ralph Metzner Distinguished Professor in Neurology and Psychiatry and Director Neuroscape’s Psychedelics Division at the University of California, San Francisco. He moved to Imperial College London in 2008 after obtaining a PhD in Psychopharmacology from the University of Bristol. Robin has designed human brain imaging studies with LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and DMT, and clinical trials of psilocybin therapy for severe mental illnesses. He has authored over 130 papers, with over forteen thousand citations. Robin founded the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London in April 2019, and in 2021, was named in TIME magazine’s ‘100 Next’ – a list of 100 rising stars shaping the future.  


Greg Fonzo, PhD

Gregory Fonzo, PhD

Greg Fonzo, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology.  He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia Honors Program in 2005 with a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2013 from the San Diego State University/University of California-San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. He completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.  Dr. Fonzo’s research focuses on elucidating neurobiological mechanisms underlying manifestation and treatment of affective and stress-related disorders  and designing novel neuroscience-informed treatment modalities using tools such as neuroimaging and neuromodulation.  He is currently leading efforts at The University of Texas at Austin to understand how psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy augments neural and psychological function to alleviate mental illness and how to improve and enhance the prediction, durability, and magnitude of therapeutic benefits.


Stephen Ross, MD

Stephen Ross, MD

Dr. Stephen Ross is Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Ross is a founding member of the NYU Psychedelic Research Group and is currently associate director of the NYU Langone Health (NYULH) Center for Psychedelic Medicine and director of the NYULH Psychedelic Medicine Research Training Program. In 21 years at NYU and Bellevue, Dr Ross has been involved in a variety of leadership roles in administration, teaching and research. He previously served as Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in the Psychiatry Department at Bellevue Hospital Center for 12 years, Director of Addiction Psychiatry at NYULH/Tisch Hospital, Director of the NYU Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, Director of the Bellevue Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Training Unit, and Director of the Bellevue Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. Dr Ross’s main research interests focus on developing novel pharmacologic-psychosocial approaches to treating: addictive disorders, including the intersection between pain and addiction; psychiatric and existential distress associated with advanced or terminal cancer; major depression; PTSD; and personality disorders. Dr Ross  is principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several ongoing and completed psychedelic-focused studies at NYULH including: phase II RCT of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in patients with life-threatening cancer-related psychiatric and existential distress, phase I/II RCT of LSD-assisted psychotherapy in advanced cancer pain syndromes, phase II RCT of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in alcohol use disorder, phase I/II controlled trial administering psilocybin to religious professionals, and phase II RCT of psilocybin treatment for Major Depressive Disorder. Dr Ross also acts as a co-investigator and study therapist for phase II/III trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD, and is an expert in cannabinoid therapeutics and PI of a NIDA funded study of CBD administration in patients with chronic radicular pain on chronic opioid therapy.  


Rachel Yehuda, PhD

Rachel Yehuda, PhD

Rachel Yehuda, PhD, is an Endowed Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience of Trauma.  She is also Director of Mental Health at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Yehuda is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic stress studies, PTSD, and intergenerational trauma.  In 2019, Dr. Yehuda was elected to the National Academy of Medicine for her seminal contributions to understanding the psychological and biological impact of traumatic stress.  In 2020, Dr. Yehuda established and now directs the Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research.

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