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Founder and Executive Director

Rick Doblin, Ph.D.

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife, dog, and empty rooms from three children, one of whom is in college and two have graduated.


Treating 1 Million PTSD Patients in 10 Years with MDMA-Assisted Therapy: Designing and Scaling Therapist Training Program and Therapeutic Modalities

For MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, training therapists is the key to positive treatment outcomes…

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Panel III: Is There Only One Way to Approval? Challenges in Implementing Psychedelic Substances in the Medical Field

Moderated by: Dr. sc. hum. Henrik Jungaberle

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