List of Chacruna Contributors:
Adam Andros Aronovich lives in the Peruvian Amazon, working as research coordinator for the Chaikuni Institute and the Temple of the Way of Light. In addition, he is an active member of the Medical Anthropology Research Center in Catalunya, Spain, and has written for various publications around the world.
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Dr. Timothy Brewerton is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, certified in general, child-adolescent, forensic psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is an author on 150+ publications, including two books.
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Dr. Clancy Cavnar is a licensed psychologist and member of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP). She is the Manuscript Editor at Chacruna. She is also a visionary artist and you can see her beautiful art at www.clancycavnar.com
Latest posts by Dr. Clancy Cavnar, Psy.D. (see all)
- Cultivating the Mind, Body & Spirit with Ayahuasca - June 22, 2017
- The Effects of Ayahuasca on the Ego - June 20, 2017
Alec Dawson has a PhD in History from SUNY-Stony Brook, and teaches at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of three books and numerous articles.
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- Racist Thinking Still Shapes How We Understand Peyote Drinking - April 15, 2017
Gretel Echazú has a Ph.D in anthropology. She has researched gender, ethnicity and the nation in the context of ayahuasca tourism in the Peruvian Lowland Amazon. She currently works as a Post Doctorate Researcher at the Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Norte, RN/Brazil.
Ben Feinberg is a Professor of Anthropology at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. He is the author of “The Devil’s Book of Culture: History, Mushrooms, and Caves in Southern Mexico” (2003).
Latest posts by Ben Feinberg, Ph.D. (see all)
- Undiscovering Huautla: City of the Magic Mushrooms - March 24, 2017
Amanda Feilding is the Founder and Director of the Beckley Foundation. Through the Scientific Programme, Amanda orchestrates collaborations with leading scientists worldwide, investigating cannabis, psilocybin, LSD, Ayahuasca, DMT and MDMA.
Jenna Fletcher is a psychotherapist in private practice in Ottawa, Canada. She has done research on ayahuasca-assisted therapy for eating disorders and comorbid mental health challenges.
Alex K. Gearin has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology. He has done ethnographic research on ayahuasca healing ceremonies in Australia. He is the founder and director of the psychedelic knowledge hub Kahpi.net
Latest posts by Alex K. Gearin, Ph.D. (see all)
- What Shamans, Alchemists & Physicists Have In Common - January 24, 2017
- Top 8 Ayahuasca Animations on The Internet - November 21, 2016
- 5 Common Myths About Ayahuasca Debunked - November 21, 2016
Hayden Griffin is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He has a PhD in criminology from the University of Florida and a JD from the University of Richmond. He has more than 30 publications and is first author (along with Vanessa Woodward and John Sloan) of The Money and Politics of Criminal Justice Policy (Carolina Academic Press, 2016.)
Graham St John, PhD, is Senior Research Fellow, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is a cultural anthropologist specialising in event-cultures and entheogens. He has authored/edited eight books including "Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT". www.edgecentral.net
Latest posts by Graham St. John, Ph.D. (see all)
- The DMT Trip and the Mysteries of Hyperspace Travel - March 9, 2017
- When Terence McKenna First Smoked DMT - December 24, 2016
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., is the Alan Watts Professor of Psychology at Saybrook University in Oakland California. His many books include "Personal Mythology and Working with Dreams" and "PTSD Nightmares: 14 Approaches for Psychotherapists and Counselors".
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Bia Labate has a Ph.D in anthropology. She has published seventeen books about psychedelic plant medicines, shamanism, religion, ritual and drug policy. She is an Associate Editor at Chacruna.
Latest posts by Bia Labate, Ph.D. (see all)
- Meet The Pioneers of Psychedelic Plant Medicine Research - February 26, 2017
- When I Drank Ayahuasca With American War Veterans - January 24, 2017
Armando Loizaga is president of the Nierika Institute in Mexico. His work focuses on advancing multidisciplinary clinical research protocols to evaluate therapeutic potential of psychedelic plants used in ritual contexts, preservation of indigenous psychedelic culture and drug policy reform.
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Dr. Adele Lafrance is an Associate Professor at Laurentian University and Clinical Psychologist. She conducts research on the therapeutic value of psychedelics and supports clinicians in the provision of psychedelic-integration support.
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- How the Amazonian Tea Ayahuasca Affects Mental Health - July 12, 2017
- Taking Charge of Your Ayahuasca Integration - June 19, 2017
- Ayahuasca and the Power of Forgiveness - December 14, 2016
Anja Loizaga-Velder, PhD is clinical psychologist who has been investigating the therapeutic potential of the ritual use of psychedelic plants for twenty years. She is Director of Research and Psychotherapy at the Nierika Institute in Mexico.
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- Is Ayahuasca an Effective Therapeutic Tool for Addiction Treatment? - April 19, 2017
Larry Norris, MA, PhD Candidate is the co-founder and executive director of ERIE 501(c)(3), a group dedicated to the development of entheogenic education and integration models.
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- Why a Culture of Integration is Critical For the Modern Psychedelic Movement - September 27, 2017
Leopardo Yawa Bane was born in the indigenous land Kaxinawá of Rio Jordão, in the state of the Acre, Brazil. He left the Amazon to better learn how to lead his people through our modern times and has been traveling the world leading healing ceremonies for the last 10 years
Martin Fortier is a doctoral student at Institut Jean Nicod (Paris) and a visiting student researcher at Stanford University. His research investigates the interplay between neurobiological and cultural processes in hallucinogenic experiences.
Latest posts by Martin Fortier, Ph.D. (C) (see all)
- Are Psychedelic Hallucinations Actually Metaphorical Perceptions? - April 19, 2017
Miroslav Horák, Ph.D. is research assistant at the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Mendel University in Brno. He focuses on ethnobotanicals, medical anthropology, and drug addiction treatment.
Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a social psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, and author specializing in psychospiritual development, with particular expertise in psychedelic psychotherapy. He is author of the book Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritua Development.
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- How I Completed My Childhood at Burning Man with Psychedelic Mushrooms - August 18, 2017
Patrick is a Ph.D student in regenerative medicine at the University of Manchester, UK. He writes on thepsychedelicscientist.com and thethirdwave.co about psychedelic research and culture.
Dr. Paul Glue is a clinical psychiatrist and psychopharmacology researcher at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
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Pedro Musalem is a chilean medical doctor and doctor in social anthropology, currently working on the fields of public health and medical psychedelia. He has worked as a researcher in Takiwasi, in 2005, and lived with the Siona people in 2013/2014.
Rachel Harris, PhD is the author of Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety. She was in private psychotherapy practice for thirty-five years. Visit her online at www.ListeningToAyahuasca.com.
Rob Heffernan is an independent researcher and activist who has been involved in the vegetalismo and Santo Daime ayahuasca traditions for 17 years. He was a member and chairman of the Santo Daime US legal committee for a number of years, and has recently begun collaborating with the Ayahuasca Defense Fund.
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- 7 Best Practices for Ayahuasca Legal Harm Reduction - July 31, 2017
Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Brain Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Researches memory, sleep & dreams, neural plasticity, psychedelics, and drug policy.
Latest posts by Sidarta Ribeiro, Ph.D. (see all)
- Why Doctors Give You Pills and Not Ancient Plant Remedies - April 21, 2017
Dr. Stacy B. Schaefer is Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology, California State University, Chico. She has researched and published on peyote among the Huichol Indians and the Native American Church for more than three decades.
Latest posts by Stacy B. Schaefer, Ph.D. (see all)
- Peyote: Plant Medicine for the Body, Mind and Soul - April 18, 2017
is full professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and and research director at the D'Or Institute for Research and Education. Professor Rehen is focused on neurological diseases and drug discovery by using induced pluripotent stem cells.
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Vanja Dakic finished PhD at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, supervised by Professor Steven Rehen. She investigated biological effects of the psychoactive components of plant tea Ayahuasca using in vitro models of human nervous system.
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- What Happens to Your Brain Cells After They Meet Ayahuasca? - May 23, 2017
Alexander Dawson, Ph.D., teaches history at the University at Albany. He is the author of three books and numerous articles, and will publish The Peyote Effect: From the Inquisition to the War on Drugs, with the University of California Press in 2018.
Alicia Danforth Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher. She is the co-investigator for the first pilot study of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of social anxiety in autistic adults.
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- Like it or Not, the Psychedelic Renaissance Will be Televised - August 4, 2017
Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D., is a renowned speaker and bestselling author. His work focus on a range of topics including addiction, stress, childhood development, and the psychedelic medicine ayahuasca.
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- Deep Ayahuasca Healing and the Truth of Who You Are - March 18, 2017
- The Medicinal and Spiritual Powers of an Amazonian Brew - December 26, 2016
Dr. Claudio Naranjo is a Chilean psychiatrist who was part of the early Esalen Staff, created the International SAT program for personal transformation and has lately been mostly interested in changing Education as a response to the world problematique.
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Jeremy Narby has a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University. He has published 3 books about ayahuasca, shamanism and ecological knowledge, including the book "Psychotropic Mind: The World According to Ayahuasca, Iboga, and Shamanism"
Diana Negrín is a geographer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Guadalajara. She currently serves on the board of the Wixárika Research Center, lectures at the University of San Francisco and is an associate scholar at the Center for the Investigation and Study in Social Anthropology (Mexico).
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Amanda Reiman received her PhD from UC Berkeley and is the Community Manager for Flow Kana and the Secretary of the International Cannabis Farmer’s Association.
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- How Cannabis and Other “Drugs” Can be Gateways to a Better Life - March 28, 2017
Bruno Rasmussen Chaves is a physician who has been researching and working with ibogaine in Brazil for more than 20 years. He is the former director of the Global Ibogaine Therapists Alliance (GITA). He is also interested in MDMA and other psychedelics.
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Isabel Santana de Rose has a Ph.D in anthropology. She is co-author of the book "Ayahuasca Religions: a bibliography & critical essays" (2009), and several research articles. She examines the emergence of contemporary shamanic networks in Brazil, and is a researcher at the Institute Brazil Plural (IBP).
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- When I First Drank Ayahuasca with the Guarani Indians of Brazil - March 14, 2017
Glenn Shepard Jr., is an ethnobotanist, medical anthropologist and film maker now working at the Goeldi Museum in Brazil. He has written on topics ranging from shamanism to human ecology to indigenous modernity. See his blog: ethnoground.blogspot.com
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Dena Sharrock is a PhD candidate in Anthropology from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her ethnographic research was carried out at the Temple of the Way of Light, Iquitos, Peru.
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- Ayahuasca Propaganda and Society’s Addiction to Moral Panic - June 27, 2017
Jordan Sloshower, MD, MSc, is a resident psychiatrist at Yale University and co-founder of the Yale Psychedelic Science Group. His research focuses on therapeutic applications of psilocybin and ayahuasca.
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- Is Psychiatry Ready for the Psychedelic Healing Paradigm? - March 17, 2017
Dr. Joseph Tafur is a Colombian-American family physician. After post-doctoral research in psychoneuroimmunology, Dr. Tafur trained in ayahuasca shamanism under Shipibo healer Ricardo Amaringo at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual.
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- A Story of Visionary Ayahuasca Healing, DNA and Epigenetics - March 17, 2017
Christopher Timmermann obtained a BSc in Psychology in Santiago, Chile and a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Bologna in Italy. He is currently completing a PhD in Imperial College London, leading a project focusing on the effects of DMT in the brain and human consciousness.
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Robin Wright has researched and published widely on indigenous Amazonian shamanism for 30 years. His recent book is entitled "Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans of the Northwest Amazon". He is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida.
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- Ayahuasca and the Gift of Seeing Through Serpent Eyes - December 17, 2016
Bruno Ramos Gomes, M.A., is a psychologist with a master’s degree in public health from São Paulo University, Brazil. Since 2004, he has been working on reducing drug related harms in Cracolandia, São Paulo; a region with hundreds of crack users. He has been conducting Ibogaine treatment since 2010. He is a collaborator on ICARO-UNICAMP’s ayahuasca research to treat alcohol dependence program.
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- What I Learned Treating 400+ Patients with Ibogaine and Ayahuasca - March 13, 2017
Camila de Pieri Benedito is a PhD candidate in sociology at UFSCar doing research on gender and religion in the Santo Daime religion. She is part of NEREP and NEIP.
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- My Experience as a Brazilian at a Santo Daime Retreat in the United States - October 16, 2017
Carlos Suárez Álvarez has a Masters in Amazonian Studies from the Universidad Nacional Colombia and is the author of the multimedia book, Ayahuasca, Iquitos and Monster Vorax. He has lived in an indigenous community in the Colombian Amazon since 2008.
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- Why You Will Never Get a Traditional Ayahuasca Treatment - August 10, 2017
Edward MacRae is associate professor of anthropology at the Federal University of Bahia, researcher at CETAD/UFBA and NEIP. He has written extensively on LGBT rights, AIDS, harm reduction and ayahuasca.
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Ignacio Carrera works as an Assistant Professor in the Universidad de la República, Uruguay. His research interest lies in the preparation of novel small molecules for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders and the development of biocatalytic methods for organic synthesis. He obtained his PhD in organic chemistry in Universidad de la República and coursed his postdoctoral studies at Columbia University in the city of New York.
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- How the Psychedelic Ibogaine May Heal, Repair & Protect the Brain - April 13, 2017
Jae Sevelius, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and holds a Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
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Jean-Francois Sobiecki is an ethnobotanist and herbalist healer from South Africa whose passion and work is to teach people how to use medicinal plants for healing and self development. E-mail: [email protected], Practice: www.phytoalchemy.co.za, Research: www.khanyisagarden.co.za.
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- Ubulawu: There is More to Shamanic Healing Than Psychedelic Visions - August 14, 2017
Rev. Dr. Jessica Rochester is the Madrinha and President of Céu do Montréal, a Santo Daime Church she founded in 1997 in Montréal, Canada. She is an ordained Inter-Faith Minister with a Doctorate in Divinity. A Transpersonal counsellor, she trained in the work of Dr. Roberto Assagioli and trained with Dr. Stanislav Grof.
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Julie D. Megler, NP is a nurse practitioner with a practice focusing on integrative mental health and integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. She is also on the board of directors of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education) a 501c3 non-profit in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Kathleen Harrison, M.A., is an ethnobotanist who teaches about plants and fungi, especially ritual and mythical relationships with nature. She co-founded Botanical Dimensions in 1985, with Terence McKenna. www.botanicaldimensions.org
Kerry Moran, M.A., LPC is a depth-oriented psychotherapist and writer working with the integration of ayahuasca. She lives in Pisac, Peru. Her website is www.ayahuascawisdom.com.
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- The World’s Best Practices for Integrating Ayahuasca - October 23, 2017
- Is Ayahuasca Really Disappearing? - October 2, 2017
Kevin Feeney has a law degree and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology. He is currently a lecturer at Central Washington University, and has published a number of articles examining legal and regulatory issues surrounding the religious and cultural use of psychoactive plants.
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Wendy Chapkis, Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern Maine, is co-author of Dying to Get High (New York University Press, 2008) and numerous drug policy reform articles.
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