11:00am - 11:30am
Track 3: Albrecht-Kossel Lecture room (Charité)
The Importance of Diversity in Psychedelic Science: A Global Call to Academics
Psychedelic research lacks inclusion of many vulnerable populations. This deficit includes a lack of representation from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color ﴾BIPOC﴿, sexual minorities, military veterans, and non‐English speaking people. Current research efforts are underway by some researchers to shift this tide of exclusion. Nevertheless, more must be done to dismantle the structural limitations and power imbalances in the academy which increases the barriers to psychedelic research for people in underrepresented groups. This ethical imperative should guide the process of team building and recruitment of faculty and personnel, research question formation and study design, and evaluation of psychedelic therapies. This presentation will include preliminary data from several studies that have purposefully engaged diverse academic research teams, with representation from the populations of inquiry, and recruited underrepresented individuals as a step towards understanding their experiences with psychedelics. In study one, a sample of BIPOC were recruited to examine changes in racial trauma symptoms after using psychedelics in the natural ecology. In study two, a sample of native Spanish speakers were recruited to explore their experiences with psychedelics including the acute effects and long‐term outcomes. In study three, United States military veterans were recruited to assess their experiences with psychedelics used for healing. This presentation will also provide a global call to action for academics to explore a pathway for dismantling the barriers that exclude underrepresented populations in the research process.