Translational Psychedelic Research Program

The Translational Psychedelic Research (TrPR) Program brings together scientists and care providers across disciplines to understand how psilocybin, LSD, ketamine, MDMA, and related compounds impact the brain and other organ systems.

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Who we are

Psychedelics, which have been part of Indigenous/traditional healing practices for centuries, have enormous potential to address medical needs in the community and improve health outcomes.

We combine innovative basic and clinical research approaches to answer key questions about the mechanisms, safety, and efficacy of psychedelics for specific health conditions. Our goal is to accelerate progress towards impactful and accessible psychedelic treatments.

We’re committed to building a collaborative culture and applying open science principles to maximize the integrity and transparency of our work.

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Studies

Psilocybin Therapy for Depression and Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study
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Not Open to Recruitment
Comparing the Effects of Psilocin and Psilocybin in Healthy Adults
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Recruiting Now
Safety and Efficacy of Psilocybin Treatment for Depression in Bipolar 2 Disorder
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Recruiting Now
Randomized Clinical Trial of Psilocybin for Depression (Usona Institute)
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Recruitment Closed
Randomized Clinical Trial of Psilocybin for Chronic Low Back Pain
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Recruiting Now
Effects of Psilocybin Therapy on Sleep and Thermoregulation
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A Mixed-Methods Study of Psilocybin Use Among Adults with Bipolar Affective Disorder
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Our Team

We’re a network of researchers with expertise spanning neuroscience, multiple medical specialties, nursing, and psychology.

Faculty

Joshua Woolley, MD, PhD
Director
Ellen Bradley, MD
Associate Director
Connie Ludwig, PhD
Director of Asessments
Aoife O’Donovan, PhD
Holly Hamilton, PhD
Ray Rosen, PhD
Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP
Joe Zamaria, PsyD

Facilitators

Gisele Fernandes, MFT
Director of Facilitation
Anna Fiskin, MD, MS
Andrew Penn, NP
Joe Zamaria, PsyD

Core Collaborators

Dan Mathalon, PhD/MD
David Gard, PhD
Boris Heifets, MD/PhD
Erin Michalak, PhD
Sheri Mizumori, PhD
Ashley Mason, PhD
Andrew Krystal, MD
Jill Ostrem, MD
Andrea Gomez, PhD

Postdocs

Steve Pratscher, PhD
Madeline Pantoni, PhD
Leehe Peled-Avron, PhD
Emma Morton, PhD
Jacob Aday, PhD
Michael Brito, PhD
Parker Kelley, PhD

Graduate Students

Valeria Martini
Kamini Kannan
Sophia Norman
Shaune Wang
Lauren Riley
Matt Gallenstein

Staff & Research Assistants

Kim Sakai
Program Manager
Lisa Fredenburg
Sr. Study Coordinator
Zachary Busby
Sr. Study Coordinator
Jake Gibson
Study Coordinator
Amber McKernan
Study Coordinator

Work with us

Developing psychedelic treatments is an interdisciplinary challenge. We welcome a wide range of people with expertise in science and health care, knowing that different perspectives create a stronger and more creative team. We aim to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in line with this statement.

Thinking about participating in a study or want to learn more?

Contact us at psilocybinstudies@ucsf.edu

Interested in working with us as a volunteer research assistant / intern?

Please complete our TrPR Volunteer Application

Seeking paid work at TrPR?

See our current job listings for research staff

Post-doc applicants - please forward your resume/CV and cover letter to psilocybinstudies@ucsf.edu