David B. Yaden, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine working in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His research focus is on the psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and psychopharmacology of positively transformative experiences triggered with psychedelic substances and through other means. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how certain altered states of consciousness result in long-term changes to well-being as well as evaluating their therapeutic potential. He is the editor of Rituals and Practices in World Religions: Cross-Cultural Scholarship to Inform Research and Clinical Contexts and Being Called. He authored a book called The Varieties of Spiritual Experiences: A Twenty-First Century Update that is currently in press at Oxford University Press. His scientific and scholarly work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and NPR.
Talk Title: Psychedelics in Psychiatry
a. Learn about historical and contemporary psychedelic research
b. Learn about pre-clinical and neuroimaging research on psychedelics
c. Learn about the subjective effects of psychedelics and how they relate to similar mental states triggered through other means
d. Learn about the clinical efficacy of psychedelics for mood and substance use disorders