October 6th, 2017
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
296 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10001


Day I
October 7th, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
7 E 7th Street
New York, NY 10003


Day II
October 8th, 2017
9:30 am – 5 pm
7 E 7th Street
New York, NY 10003

Friday, October 6th, 2017

7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Church of The Holy Apostles
296 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

The Cooper Union Great Hall
7 E 7th Street, New York, NY 10003

9:00 am

Doors Open

9:45 am

Opening Remarks

10:00 am – 10:45 am

"MAPS Update: Phase 3 Trials of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD, the Therapy Training program, and Expanded Access 2019"

Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A.
MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program Manager and Zendo Project Community Engagement Coordinator

10:50 am – 11:35 am

"The Past, Present, and Future of Ibogaine Treatment – and Why it Matters for the Opioid Crisis"

Thomas Kingsley Brown, Ph.D.
Researcher at Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and Coordinator of McNair Scholars Program at University of California and Coordinator, McNair Scholars Program, University of California San Diego

11:40 am – 12:25 pm

"Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and the Ketamine Opportunity"

Philip E. Wolfson, M.D. 
Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and Principal Investigator, MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Anxiety Associated with Life-Threatening Illness Study

12:25 pm – 1:25 pm


1:30pm – 2:15 pm

"A Double-Blind Trial of Psilocybin-Assisted Treatment of Alcohol Dependence"

Michael P. Bogenschutz, M.D.
Research Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center

Holly Duane
Therapist, NYU School of Medicine Psilocybin-Assisted Treatment of Alcohol Dependence, and Clinical Trial on the Effects of Psilocybin-Generated Mystical Experience in Religious Leaders

2:20pm – 3:05 pm

"What Psychedelic Therapists Don't Talk About and Why: The Case for Research on First-hand Experience with Psychedelics"

Elizabeth M. Nielson,  Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and post-doctoral fellow in the Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research Program at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

3:05 pm – 3:20 pm


3:20 pm – 4:05 pm


4:10 pm – 4:55 pm

"Mystical MRIs: How Modern Neuroscience is Restoring Access to Forbidden States of Consciousness"

Amanda Feilding
Founder and Director of the Beckley Foundation

5:00 pm


Sunday, October 8th, 2017

The Cooper Union Great Hall
7 E 7th Street, New York, NY 10003

9:30 am

Doors Open

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Opening Remarks

10:30 am – 11:15 pm

"Communing with the Gods: Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) in the Lifecycle of Huichol Indians of Mexico"

Stacy B. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology, California State University, Chico (CSUC) and former Co-Director of the Museum of Anthropology (CSUC)

11:20 am – 12:05 pm

"Black Masks, Rainbow Bodies: Race and Psychedelics"

Nicholas Byron Powers, Ph.D.
Poet, journalist, and Associate Professor of English, SUNY Old Westbury

12:10 pm – 12:55 pm

"The Inner Search For A Better World: Psychedelic Plant Practices in Contemporary Society"

Benjamin De Loenen, M.A.
Founder and Executive Director, International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS)

12:55 pm – 1:55 pm


2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

"The Therapeutic Potential of Altered States of Consciousness in Grieving Processes"

Débora González, Ph.D. 
Clinical Psychologist and Pharmacologist with the ICEERS Foundation

2:50 pm – 3:35 pm

"Music in Psychedelic Therapy"

Mendel Kaelen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London

3:35 pm – 3:50 pm


3:50 pm – 4:45 pm

All Speakers Panel Discussion

5:00 pm

Conference Concludes

Line-up and schedule subject to change.