Conference Organizers

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Alan K. Davis, PhD

Alan K. Davis, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of the Center for Psychedelic Drug Research and Education in the College of Social Work at Ohio State University. He is Assistant Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry at OSU and is also on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. Alan has extensive clinical experience working with US Military Veterans and civilians suffering with addiction, PTSD, and depression. His research explores alternative treatments for addiction and mental illness, including psychedelic-assisted therapies, and how to increase access to current treatment systems through reducing provider stigma about substance misuse and alternative treatment approaches. Alan has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapters and presented research at dozens of national and international scientific conferences. Published landmark trial in 2021 on the use of psilocybin therapy for depression in JAMA psychiatry. In 2022, he is launching a pilot study of the first psilocybin trial for Veterans with PTSD.

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Jason C. Slot, PhD, MAT

Jason C. Slot, PhD, MAT is a Fungal Biologist in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University and the Director of Educational Initiatives for the CPDRE. Dr. Slot conducts basic research in fungal evolutionary ecology, including the ecology and evolutionary genomics of psychedelic mushrooms. His lab has been central to early discoveries in the genetics of psilocybin production. Dr. Slot is author on over 60 scientific articles and book chapters in the areas of mycology, genome evolution, and natural product research. As a formally trained science educator, he has developed courses, workshops, and curricula on the secondary, college, and graduate levels, including an interdisciplinary undergraduate Mycology Minor, and he contributes an ecological perspective to our core Psychedelic Studies courses.

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Neşe Devenot, PhD

Neşe Devenot, PhD (she/they) is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS) at the University of Cincinnati and the Medicine, Society & Culture Research Fellow at Psymposia. She previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Bioethics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and she received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship examines bioethical approaches to psychedelic medicine, and she conducts research on the function of metaphor and other literary devices in narrative accounts of psychedelic experiences. They were awarded “Best Humanities Publication in Psychedelic Studies” from Breaking Convention in 2016 and received the Article Prize for best publication in Romanticism Studies from European Romantic Review in 2020. They were a 2015-16 Research Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Timothy Leary Papers and a Research Fellow with the New York University Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study, where they participated in the first qualitative study of patient experiences. They have presented on psychedelics at conferences in the United States, Mexico, Canada, England, France, the Netherlands, and Australia.

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Brian Pace, PhD

Brian Pace, PhD teaches Psychedelic Studies: Neurobiology, Plants, Fungi, and Society in the Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University. He was trained as an evolutionary ecologist: specializing in phytochemistry, ethnobotany, and ecophysiology. He is the Politics and Ecology Editor at Psymposia, a 501c3 watchdog. His research has examined ideology and psychedelic experiences. It has been featured in VICE, translated into French and Italian, and covered internationally. A former US Borlaug Global Food Security Fellow, he has conducted field work in Southern Mexico, the US midwestern prairie, and the Ecuadorian Amazon. For more than a decade, Brian has worked on agroecology and climate change. Along the way, he has taught several university courses on cannabis.

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Rafaelle Lancelotta, MS, LPC

Rafaelle Lancelotta, MS, LPC is a PhD student at The Ohio State University College of Social Work studying the importance of human relationship in psychedelic therapy interventions. They received their Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wyoming and worked for several years as a somatic-focused, trauma-informed counselor who has supported clients use of cannabis and ketamine to enhance the therapeutic process. They are passionate about increasing accessibility and responsible clinical applications of psychedelics/entheogens for under-represented populations. Rafaelle aims to use their clinical skills combined with doctoral level research training to design, carry out, and integrate clinical research as part of diverse teams to influence changes in the mental healthcare system that can serve to improve mental health outcomes for people from all walks of life. Rafaelle also serves as a Board Member for the Source Research Foundation, a non-profit grant organization geared towards supporting students and communities working on psychedelic-related projects.

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Paul Nagib

Paul Nagib is a second-year medical student at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. While obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Florida Atlantic University, his interest in emerging research fields, including that of psychedelics, grew under the mentorship of Daniel Jewelewicz, MD. Prior to medical school, Paul’s extensive time living in a Coptic monastery, teaching English summer courses in Egypt, and working with non-profit organizations internationally furthered his education in indigenous and humanistic anthropologies. During medical school, Paul formally trained in health quality and patient safety research as an intern of the Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. Alongside his behavioral research investigating substance abuse and prescribing habits, his research on the clinical impacts of drug policy was awarded funding by the Moritz College of Law Drug Enforcement and Policy Center. He founded the Consciousness Research Interest Group to network interprofessional students, faculty, and experts in the psychedelic sector. In 2021, their legislation supporting psychedelic research was adopted by the Ohio State Medical Association. His medical education is especially supplemented by the Center for Psychedelic Drug Research and Education as it informs mindfulness-oriented patient encounters, educates on the therapy development process, and offers rigorous experience in clinical research – all elements which he will utilize in his career.

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Grace Adams

After growing up in New York City, Grace attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where she earned her Bachelors in Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind in 2018. Since then, Grace has lived and worked in New York, NY and Baltimore, MD. She now lives in Eugene, OR where she also works for Source Research Foundation as their administrative associate, coordinating their grant programs and working with board members to grow the organization. In her free time, she enjoys bouldering and playing with her two cats. She also engages in community organizing in the Eugene area.