Featured in the film (in the order of appearance). Click thumbnails to play the clips:
David E. Nichols, Ph.D., is an pharmacologist and medicinal chemist. Previously the Robert C. and Charlotte P. Anderson Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology at Purdue University, Nichols has worked in the field of psychoactive drugs since 1969. He is the founding president of the Heffter Research Institute and is recognized as one of the foremost experts on the medicinal chemistry of hallucinogens. Nichols is widely published in the scientific literature and internationally recognized for his research on centrally active drugs.
Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., is a psychologist, educator and author of books, chapters and articles on psychology and spirituality. As a pioneer in transpersonal psychology, Dr. Vaughan was a founding faculty member of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and served as President of both the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the Association for Humanistic Psychology. Later she joined the clinical faculty at the University of California Medical School at Irvine. At present she is a founding faculty member of the Metta Institute and a trustee of the Fetzer Institute.
Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D., is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His principal research focus in both clinical and preclinical laboratories has been on the behavioral and subjective effects of mood-altering drugs. He is the author of over 300 journal articles and book chapters. He has an interest in meditation and is the lead investigator of the psilocybin research initiative at Johns Hopkins, which includes studies of psilocybin occasioned mystical experience in healthy volunteers and cancer patients.
James Fadiman, PhD, (Stanford) taught in psychology departments, design engineering, and at Sofia University. While running his own consulting firm, he has published textbooks, professional books, a self-help book, a novel, and videos (for PBS). His book, The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys, includes his past and current research.
Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. DHL. graduated from Australia’s Queensland University with degrees in psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and medicine, and then came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. He is now at the University of California at Irvine where he is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, as well as a professor in the religious studies program. Roger’s research and writings include the nature of psychological health and wellbeing, meditation and contemplative practices, religion and spirituality, wisdom and other virtues, and integral studies.
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. who has a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University, has been involved in the study of transformations of consciousness ever since, as a graduate student, he worked with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later Ram Dass) on the Harvard Psilocybin Projects. He co-wrote The Psychedelic Experience, and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. He is Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Founder of the Green Earth Foundation.
Alicia Danforth, Ph.D. candidate, is a clinical psychedelic researcher and writer. Since 2006, she has coordinated and co- facilitated treatment sessions for Dr. Charles Grob’s Harbor-UCLA cancer anxiety trial with psilocybin. She also oversees a nationwide web-based recruitment effort for a similar trial currently underway at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her doctoral research in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) is on the potential of psychedelics and MDMA as supplements to treatment for autism spectrum conditions.
Angeles Arrien, Ph.D. was a cultural anthropologist, award-winning author, educator, and consultant to many organizations and businesses. She researched, created, and synthesized the Four-Fold Way Program, which is currently used in medical, academic and corporate environments; and her Four-Fold Way book has been translated into over ten languages around the world. Read a tribute to Angeles Arrien.