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Amy Emerson

Amy Emerson Executive Director & Head of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs

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Amy Emerson

Amy Emerson

Executive Director & Head of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs

Amy Emerson is the Executive Director and Head of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As the Executive Director, Amy has lead the growth and development of this new subsidiary and is responsible for overall global regulatory strategy and implementation of research programs with a focus on the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy program within MAPS PBC.

Amy started as a pro bono consultant at MAPS in 2003, and since then has built MAPS’ clinical department while managing the MDMA Clinical Development Program with a focus on the PTSD indication. In 2014, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation was incorporated to focus on psychedelic drug development, therapist training programs, and future sales of prescription psychedelics prioritizing public benefit above profit.

Amy brings decades of pharmaceutical development and research experience in Phase 1 through Phase 3 Randomized Controlled Trials including supporting three successful regulatory approvals for new biologics. Her professional experience at Novartis, Chiron and other pharmaceutical companies (1993-2009) spans various fields including immunology, oncology and vaccines. Pursuing her love of science and nature cultivated while growing up in the woods of Alaska she earned her B.S. in genetics and cell biology from Washington State University in 1992 to prepare for a career in research. Amy is passionate about being a mother and the work of bringing the potential of psychedelics for healing further into the consciousness of the world, leaving a better world for the following generations. She has a lifelong love of travel, living abroad with her husband, exploring in nature and cooking with her family.

 

 

 

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D. Director of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs at MAPS

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Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Director of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs at MAPS

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., is the Director of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Dr. Yazar-Klosinski is responsible for development of strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building activities to facilitate research on the risk/benefit profile of psychedelics in compliance with the global regulatory landscape. She has been actively involved in the various stages of nonclinical and clinical development of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, LSD-assisted psychotherapy, cannabis, and ibogaine.

After gaining experience in clinical research laboratories with Geron Corporation and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Yazar-Klosinski joined MAPS in 2009 to work with an organization where profit wouldn't dictate the agenda of scientific research. Over the last 10 years, she has supported MAPS clinical research and regulatory affairs through all stages of growth. Dr. Yazar-Klosinski has developed a strong track record of success with FDA, state regulatory agencies and multiple regulatory agencies outside of the USA.

Dr. Yazar-Klosinski earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Drama from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010. She is a Turkish hunter-gatherer who is supporting the growth of her family and pets in harmony with the natural world as she works tirelessly to transform the future.

Rebecca Matthews

Rebecca Matthews Director of Clinical Operations

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Rebecca Matthews

Rebecca Matthews

Director of Clinical Operations

Rebecca Matthews is the Associate Director of Clinical Operations at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Rebecca is leading the Clinical Operations teams in conducting clinical trials around the globe in all indications and clinical programs supported by MAPS PBC and MAPS.

Rebecca began consulting with MAPS in 2009 and joined MAPS PBC full-time in 2015. Prior to her work at MAPS and MAPS PBC she worked in clinical research and development at Chiron/Novartis starting in 2001 with a focus in the indications of sepsis and vaccines.

Rebecca is drawn to the field of research and drug development to support the advancement of healthcare and to provide novel and improved treatments for the benefit of humankind. She is deeply passionate about this amazing journey and honored to be on the forefront of psychedelic medicine research. Rebecca earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2000.

She resides in Northern California CA alongside her husband, two daughters and the family labradoodle and can be found starting impromptu dance parties, enjoying delicious tacos and playing in nature with family and friends.

Ritika Aggarwal, B.A.

Ritika Aggarwal, B.A. Executive Support and Operations Coordinator

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Ritika Aggarwal, B.A.

Ritika Aggarwal, B.A.

Executive Support and Operations Coordinator

Ritika Aggarwal earned her B.A. in Feminist Studies and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While in Santa Cruz, she founded and co-directed the local chapter of NORML/Students for Sensible Drug Policy and worked with the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana. For the past ten years, she has been as a legal advocate for people incarcerated in California prisons, helping to secure the release of over 100 people with life sentences. She is currently the MAPS PBC Executive Support and Operations Coordinator.

 

Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T.

Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T. Director of Training and Supervision

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Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T.

Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T.

Director of Training and Supervision

Shannon Carlin, M.A., AMFT, is the Associate Director of Training and Supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As the Associate Director of Training and Supervision, Shannon oversees the development and implementation of the programs that provide training and supervision to prepare mental health and medical professionals to deliver MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in approved clinical settings. Shannon started working with MAPS in 2011 before joining MAPS PBC in 2016.

In her dedication to supporting people through growth and healing, Shannon has served as a co-therapist on MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 trials researching MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for severe PTSD. Shannon’s direct clinical work continues to inform the development and implementation of the training programs she oversees.

Shannon’s previous professional experience includes the development of community programs delivering resources, services, training, and support for healthy living, life skills, employment, and positive youth development. Her work has served adults with schizophrenia, bipolar, and substance use disorder, families and youth in a low-income residential setting, and high school students learning about moderation management of drug and alcohol use. In her lifelong commitment to address homelessness, Shannon volunteers with housing projects and shelters and completed a farm internship with the Homeless Garden Project.

Shannon received her master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. An adventurer at heart, Shannon can be found in nature, backpacking, running, and dancing. She celebrates and cultivates relationship and community and is passionate about life, love, and thriving.

 

Heather Clouting, M.Sc.

Heather Clouting, M.Sc. Director of CMC and Project Management

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Heather Clouting, M.Sc.

Heather Clouting, M.Sc.

Director of CMC and Project Management

Heather Clouting MSc. earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in chemistry in 2002 from Kingston University, London, United Kingdom, and master’s degree in clinical trials in 2009 from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Heather has worked in the field of clinical research for nearly 15 years. This included 5 years at the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit in London as a Data Manager and Clinical Trial Manager working mainly on HIV and tuberculosis studies in sub-Saharan Africa and 6+ years in the pharmaceutical industry working for Novartis Vaccines and GSK in a variety of roles including Clinical Research Scientist, Senior Clinical Trial Leader, Clinical Operations Manager and Project Delivery Lead. In the last few years she has worked as an independent consultant for small biotech and nonprofit pharmaceutical organizations including MAPS/MPBC in the capacity of program project management, regulatory strategy and chemistry manufacturing and controls (CMC).

At MPBC, Heather is currently serving as the Director of CMC and Project Management working on clinical and commercial CMC, IMP supplies and logistics, nonclinical toxicology program project management, and other cross functional project management activities to support the MPBC programs and eventual NDA submission of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

Heather is passionate about the potential expansion of the appropriate use of psychedelics and related healthcare modalities to support metal health indications. She believes that a for-profit model of health care provision and drug development, although in some cases needed, in others can have intrinsic conflict of interest and as a result is excited to be part of an organization that
is developing potential new treatments for mental health disorders that utilize a public benefit approach.

 

 

Therapy Training 

Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T.

Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T. Director of Training and Supervision

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Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T.

Shannon Clare Carlin, M.A., A.M.F.T.

Director of Training and Supervision

Shannon Carlin, M.A., AMFT, is the Associate Director of Training and Supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As the Associate Director of Training and Supervision, Shannon oversees the development and implementation of the programs that provide training and supervision to prepare mental health and medical professionals to deliver MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in approved clinical settings. Shannon started working with MAPS in 2011 before joining MAPS PBC in 2016.

In her dedication to supporting people through growth and healing, Shannon has served as a co-therapist on MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 trials researching MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for severe PTSD. Shannon’s direct clinical work continues to inform the development and implementation of the training programs she oversees.

Shannon’s previous professional experience includes the development of community programs delivering resources, services, training, and support for healthy living, life skills, employment, and positive youth development. Her work has served adults with schizophrenia, bipolar, and substance use disorder, families and youth in a low-income residential setting, and high school students learning about moderation management of drug and alcohol use. In her lifelong commitment to address homelessness, Shannon volunteers with housing projects and shelters and completed a farm internship with the Homeless Garden Project.

Shannon received her master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. An adventurer at heart, Shannon can be found in nature, backpacking, running, and dancing. She celebrates and cultivates relationship and community and is passionate about life, love, and thriving.

 

Angelica Garcia, B.S.

Angelica Garcia, B.S. Training Coordinator

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Angelica Garcia, B.S.

Angelica Garcia, B.S.

Training Coordinator

Angelica earned a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and a B.A. in Anthropology in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Angelica worked as a research associate at a clinical biotech company where she assisted in research on gene/protein therapies and provided support to the pharmacology group. She also worked in a CLIA/CAP laboratory at a cancer diagnostics company isolating tumor cells containing specific biomarkers. While living at the Berkeley Student Cooperative, Angelica was the elected health worker for her 60-person co-op where she spoke to students about mental health resources, hosted consent and harm reduction workshops, and organized talks on alternative medicines.

At MAPS PBC, Angelica is currently serving as a Training Coordinator for the MDMA Therapy Training Program, focusing on supporting trainees in their progress through the program. Angelica is interested in the potential benefits of expanded states of consciousness and how transformative experiences can be utilized for therapeutic purposes. She is passionate about making psychedelic medicine inclusive and accessible to all, especially people of color and those who have been historically underrepresented in clinical research. In her free time, Angelica loves dancing, drinking tea, going to the beach, and playing deck-building card games.

Wesley Hale, M.S.

Wesley Hale, M.S. Training Coordinator

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Wesley Hale, M.S.

Wesley Hale, M.S.

Training Coordinator

Wesley Hale graduated with his Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University in 2019. Wesley was Graduate Research Assistant in the Health and Organizational Psychology Lab, Workforce Technology Research Lab, and Employee Selection and Retention Lab. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Wesley was an Assistant Business Psychologist at a game-based assessment company and has gained experience working in the education field. He taught children with autism spectrum disorders and went on to teach a variety of subjects in the Orange County Public School District. Before moving to San Francisco, he spent two summers in China as a guest lecturer at Xi’an Jiaotong University. Wesley enjoys tea, meditation, and music from around the world.

Andrew O’Keefe

Andrew O’Keefe Video Systems Manager

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Andrew O’Keefe

Andrew O’Keefe

Video Systems Manager

Andrew J. O’Keefe II earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Picture Editing and Sound Design in 2009 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Andrew founded a media services company called Amotion, worked as a media producer and archivist at Singularity University, and offered extensive media services to the teams of Android Jones and Tribe 13.

At MAPS PBC, Andrew is currently serving as Video Systems Manager, focusing on facilitating video operations. Andrew has helped create, manage, and distribute large media databases for multiple organizations across various industries. Andrew is passionate about leveraging media in beneficial ways and simultaneously scaling the positive impact worldwide. Andrew strives to help build a better world that works for everyone.

John Poncini

John Poncini Video and Informatics Systems Associate

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John Poncini

John Poncini

Video and Informatics Systems Associate

John earned a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering in 2018 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, John worked as a grader and tutor for the UCSC Biomolecular Engineering Department where he aided students in learning how to use and apply computational biological tools to their research. John also participated in The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, where he and his peers pursued the development of salt tolerant cellulolytic enzymes for second-generation biofuel production.

At MAPS PBC, John is currently serving as a Video and Informatics Systems Associate, focusing on developing software applications and platforms for recording, processing, and delivering video of sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions. He has played a role in maintaining the security and confidentiality of these sensitive data whilst providing access to authorized personnel in the MDMA Therapy Training Program. John is passionate about applying his knowledge in data sciences, technology, and engineering to clinical contexts with the hope of creating a general purpose platform to facilitate diagnostics and the administration of personalized medicines. In his free time, John can be found brewing beer or mead, playing guitar, or out enjoying the natural beauty of this world.

 

Sarah Scheld, M.A.

Sarah Scheld, M.A. MDMA Therapy Training Program Assistant

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Sarah Scheld, M.A.

Sarah Scheld, M.A.

MDMA Therapy Training Program Assistant

Sarah earned her M.A. in East-West Psychology program in 2016 from the California Institute of Integral Studies, focusing on psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration approaches. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, Sarah has worked as a somatic counselor specializing in relational trauma work, a program coordinator for ecopsychology trainings, and as a production designer and filmmaker.

At MAPS PBC, Sarah assists in administration and program coordination for the MDMA Therapy Training Program, which educates health professionals and researchers to provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in approved settings. In addition to her role at MAPS PBC, Sarah’s speaking and writing focus on trauma-informed approaches to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and social justice within the psychedelic movement. Trained in the Hakomi method and Somatic Experiencing, she is dedicated to continuing her own education in somatic psychotherapy, trauma resolution, and working therapeutically with expanded states of consciousness. She is passionate about the role of trauma awareness and the skillful use of psychedelic medicines in helping to heal people, communities, and environments. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

 

Chris Shelley, Ph.D.

Chris Shelley, Ph.D. Training Systems Support Specialist

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Chris Shelley, Ph.D.

Chris Shelley, Ph.D.

Training Systems Support Specialist

Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2005 from the University of Bristol, a master’s degree in mathematics in 2011 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctorate in mathematics in 2013 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Chris worked as an Assistant Professor, teaching mathematics and investigating the connections between arithmetic and geometry.

At MAPS PBC, Chris is currently serving as Training Systems Support Specialist, focusing on the IT component of MAPS PBC’s therapy training and supervision programs. He is passionate about computing and software development, and is excited to draw from his academic background to aid in the development of online training resources for MAPS PBC. Chris hopes the work and research conducted by MAPS PBC will help transform the lives of those suffering from PTSD.

 

Max Tromba, B.A.

Max Tromba, B.A. Video Systems Support Specialist

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Max Tromba, B.A.

Max Tromba, B.A.

Video Systems Support Specialist

Max Tromba earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in Film & Television in 2012 from New York University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Max worked as a media producer on award-winning documentaries including Netflix’s Mission Blue, HBO’s Bright Lights, as well as environmental pieces such as National Geographic’s Before The Flood and Racing Extinction.

 

At MPBC, Max is currently serving as Video Systems Support Specialist, focusing on helping the video team with maintenance and organization. Max has played a role in several issue-driven campaign films that aimed to illuminate topics such as climate change and mental health. He hopes to use video to influence positive change in a new clinical context. Max hopes the work MPBC does can help alleviate the suffering of those with PTSD. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, gardening, and exploring California’s natural beauty.

Aliss Wang

Aliss Wang Adherence & Supervision Coordinator

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Aliss Wang

Aliss Wang

Adherence & Supervision Coordinator

Aliss Wang is the Adherence & Supervision Coordinator for MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) supporting implementation of training and supervision programs. Aliss received a B.A. in English and Business from University of California, Riverside 2003, and is finishing her master’s degree (class of 2020) in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies where she sees psychotherapy clients in practicum. Before joining MAPS PBC, Aliss was a Research Assistant for the Anomalous Cognition with Electromagnetic Shielding Study (ACES), and made a career in high tech Research, Marketing, and Business Development, as well as Media. Aliss has facilitated personal and community development workshops, and both worked and volunteered in festival Emergency Medical Services, harm reduction, the Zendo Project, and Burning Man External Relations. A survivor of traumatic brain injury (TBI), Aliss has lectured at the Association for Transpersonal Psychology Conference, and is passionate about psychedelic research for healing brain trauma and PTSD. A lover of nature,Aliss enjoys hiking, dancing, composing, and writing.

Therapy Training: Video Systems

Andrew O’Keefe

Andrew O’Keefe Video Systems Manager

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Andrew O’Keefe

Andrew O’Keefe

Video Systems Manager

Andrew J. O’Keefe II earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Picture Editing and Sound Design in 2009 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Andrew founded a media services company called Amotion, worked as a media producer and archivist at Singularity University, and offered extensive media services to the teams of Android Jones and Tribe 13.

At MAPS PBC, Andrew is currently serving as Video Systems Manager, focusing on facilitating video operations. Andrew has helped create, manage, and distribute large media databases for multiple organizations across various industries. Andrew is passionate about leveraging media in beneficial ways and simultaneously scaling the positive impact worldwide. Andrew strives to help build a better world that works for everyone.

John Poncini

John Poncini Video and Informatics Systems Associate

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John Poncini

John Poncini

Video and Informatics Systems Associate

John earned a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering in 2018 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, John worked as a grader and tutor for the UCSC Biomolecular Engineering Department where he aided students in learning how to use and apply computational biological tools to their research. John also participated in The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition, where he and his peers pursued the development of salt tolerant cellulolytic enzymes for second-generation biofuel production.

At MAPS PBC, John is currently serving as a Video and Informatics Systems Associate, focusing on developing software applications and platforms for recording, processing, and delivering video of sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions. He has played a role in maintaining the security and confidentiality of these sensitive data whilst providing access to authorized personnel in the MDMA Therapy Training Program. John is passionate about applying his knowledge in data sciences, technology, and engineering to clinical contexts with the hope of creating a general purpose platform to facilitate diagnostics and the administration of personalized medicines. In his free time, John can be found brewing beer or mead, playing guitar, or out enjoying the natural beauty of this world.

 

Max Tromba, B.A.

Max Tromba, B.A. Video Systems Support Specialist

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Max Tromba, B.A.

Max Tromba, B.A.

Video Systems Support Specialist

Max Tromba earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in Film & Television in 2012 from New York University. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Max worked as a media producer on award-winning documentaries including Netflix’s Mission Blue, HBO’s Bright Lights, as well as environmental pieces such as National Geographic’s Before The Flood and Racing Extinction.

 

At MPBC, Max is currently serving as Video Systems Support Specialist, focusing on helping the video team with maintenance and organization. Max has played a role in several issue-driven campaign films that aimed to illuminate topics such as climate change and mental health. He hopes to use video to influence positive change in a new clinical context. Max hopes the work MPBC does can help alleviate the suffering of those with PTSD. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, gardening, and exploring California’s natural beauty.

Clinical Operations

Rebecca Matthews

Rebecca Matthews Director of Clinical Operations

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Rebecca Matthews

Rebecca Matthews

Director of Clinical Operations

Rebecca Matthews is the Associate Director of Clinical Operations at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Rebecca is leading the Clinical Operations teams in conducting clinical trials around the globe in all indications and clinical programs supported by MAPS PBC and MAPS.

Rebecca began consulting with MAPS in 2009 and joined MAPS PBC full-time in 2015. Prior to her work at MAPS and MAPS PBC she worked in clinical research and development at Chiron/Novartis starting in 2001 with a focus in the indications of sepsis and vaccines.

Rebecca is drawn to the field of research and drug development to support the advancement of healthcare and to provide novel and improved treatments for the benefit of humankind. She is deeply passionate about this amazing journey and honored to be on the forefront of psychedelic medicine research. Rebecca earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2000.

She resides in Northern California CA alongside her husband, two daughters and the family labradoodle and can be found starting impromptu dance parties, enjoying delicious tacos and playing in nature with family and friends.

Alexis Archie, B.S.

Alexis Archie, B.S. Clinical Research Associate

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Alexis Archie, B.S.

Alexis Archie, B.S.

Clinical Research Associate

Alexis Archie earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences in 2015 from The Ohio State University. As an undergraduate student, she developed an interest in addictions sciences and in women’s studies. Following graduation, Alexis began working as a Clinical Research Associate for a contract research organization (CRO) where she was primarily responsible for unblinded and musculoskeletal studies. While working as a monitor, Alexis decided to pursue additional training at The Ohio State University through the Master of Applied Clinical and Pre-clinical Research program where she specialized in clinical research management. Alexis is thrilled to apply her experience to psychiatry studies with MPBC as a Clinical Research Associate working on the Phase 3 MDMA study for PTSD patients. Alexis is proud to support MAPS and MPBC and its patients in the mission to ensure access to treatment for an underserved population. In Alexis’ free time, she enjoys yoga, swimming, reading, and playing the viola.

Meghan Brown, B.A.

Meghan Brown, B.A. Clinical Research Associate

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Meghan Brown, B.A.

Meghan Brown, B.A.

Clinical Research Associate

Meghan became a Registered Nurse in 2004 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2010 from Liberty University. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), she worked as a Clinical Research Associate/Monitor at a large CRO where she worked on multiple pain and oncology studies. Meghan also worked at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on protocol development as a Study Coordinator and Project Manager. At MAPS PBC, Meghan is currently serving as Clinical Research Associate, working on Phase 3 MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) studies. It is Meghan’s hope that her contributions to the MAPS PBC team will help facilitate the research and subsequent FDA approval of psychedelics for patients who can truly benefit from them.​

Melissa Field, B.A.

Melissa Field, B.A. Clinical Research Associate

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Melissa Field, B.A.

Melissa Field, B.A.

Clinical Research Associate

Melissa Field earned a bachelor degree in Business Administration in 2010 from Baker University, while working as an In-House Clinical Research Associate for a contract research organization (CRO). After earning her degree and gaining CRO experience, Melissa moved to expand her career in a clinical research site setting. She spent several years working at an NCI-designated cancer center. Under her direction of the center’s regulatory affairs department, she spear-headed successful process efficiencies, cross-department project collaborations, and team development/training initiatives while guiding the expansion of Industry, Investigator-Sponsored, and national consortium research projects.

At MAPS PBC, Melissa is currently serving as Clinical Research Associate, focusing on MDMA research in both MAPS Sponsored and Investigator-Sponsored studies. She contributes a passionate drive in the common goal for the benefit of psychedelics and cannabis in our society. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys cycling, hiking, and playing with her rambunctious home crew of two daughters, a dog, and two cats.

Charlotte Harrison, B.S.

Charlotte Harrison, B.S. Clinical Trial Lead

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Charlotte Harrison, B.S.

Charlotte Harrison, B.S.

Clinical Trial Lead

Charlotte Harrison is an experienced clinical research professional who is thrilled to be contributing to psychedelic research at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation. Prior to joining MAPS PBC, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Greek and Latin in 2012 from Tufts University while pursuing pre-medical studies. After an exciting internship working on oncology trials at Clinical Assistance Programs (CAP), she decided her skills were better suited to clinical research. She monitored and managed clinical trials in supportive cancer care, nephrology, dermatology, and cardiology at CAP, MedTrials, and Harvard Clinical Research Institute.

At MAPS PBC, Charlotte is currently serving as a Clinical Trial Lead, supporting the management of MDMA and marijuana studies. She supports, trains, and monitors multiple sites, ensuring quality research and compliance. She is hopeful that her passion for improving the quality of life for those suffering with mental illness and determination to make scientific research more efficient will be beneficial to MAPS’ important and necessary work. In her free time, Charlotte can be found doing yoga, snuggling her cats, or playing board games late into the night.

 

Libby Heimler

Libby Heimler Clinical Research Associate

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Libby Heimler

Libby Heimler

Clinical Research Associate

Libby is a committed research professional with a background in Adult and Pediatric Oncology. Prior to beginning her career, she studied Psychological Science and Religious Studies at Albion College, where she received a rich and rigorous education in research design and ancient Jewish scripture. Prior positions included work on studies at Karmanos Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital Oakland, and Genentech. After working as the Study Coordinator for a MAPS study, she joined the MAPS staff as a Clinical Research Associate. Libby is passionate about research ethics and innovations in mental health treatment, and is delighted to be a part of this dynamic team working to improve both of those things. In her free time, she can be found sewing her own clothes and quilts, knitting more hats than anyone needs, cooking, hiking, and traveling.

 

Joselyn Lindgren, M.S.

Joselyn Lindgren, M.S. Clinical Research Associate

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Joselyn Lindgren, M.S.

Joselyn Lindgren, M.S.

Clinical Research Associate

Joselyn earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1990 from the University of California Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science in 1997 from San Jose State University. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Joselyn worked as a staff research associate in a neuroimaging lab at San Francisco Veterans Affairs. Here she supported large observational studies on Gulf War Illness, HIV, Alcohol, PTSD and Alzheimer’s. Next Joselyn worked at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institution where she managed all clinical related activities for several Phase II oncology trials. Joselyn most recently worked at Kaiser Permanente, supporting Phase 2-3 trials with expertise in regulatory documents. At MAPS PBC, Joselyn is currently serving as a Clinic Research Associate supporting ongoing clinical trials using MDMA-assisted therapy to treat PTSD.

Joselyn is committed to helping to find long-term permanent solutions for debilitating mental health disorders and is excited to be a part of this transformative movement that MAPS/MAPS PBC has created with psychedelic research.

In Joselyn’s free time, she enjoys cooking, dancing, reading, and power walks.

 

 

Pierre Llorach, B.S.

Pierre Llorach, B.S. Clinical Study Assistant

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Pierre Llorach, B.S.

Pierre Llorach, B.S.

Clinical Study Assistant

Pierre earned his B.S. in Cognitive Science with an emphasis on Neuroscience from the University of California, Davis, in 2018. Before joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Pierre worked in a psycholinguistics lab where he assisted with moving participants through eye tracking research. Pierre also worked in a human memory lab where he assisted with research correlating stress and memory.

At MAPS PBC, Pierre is currently serving as a Clinical Study Assistant focusing on general administrative duties necessary to execute clinical research trials that include document tracking and filing, file migration, document development, and IT support duties. Pierre is passionate about the brain and its workings and is thrilled to be part of the MAPS PBC team. During his free time, Pierre enjoys nature walks and spending time outdoors.

 

Alyssa McNamara, B.S.

Alyssa McNamara, B.S. Clinical Study Assistant

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Alyssa McNamara, B.S.

Alyssa McNamara, B.S.

Clinical Study Assistant

Alyssa earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Bioinformatics in 2017 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Alyssa worked as a Research Associate in the field of immuno-oncology, where she helped to research and develop therapeutics to treat ovarian cancer. Alyssa also worked in the field of Neurodevelopment, where she studied transcription factors and mechanisms of action implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorders. At MPBC, Alyssa is currently serving as a Clinical Study Assistant, supporting the Clinical Operations team.  She is excited to join the dedicated and enthusiastic team at MAPS/MPBC. Alyssa joined MAPS/MPBC to help make an impact in the lives of people suffering around the world. She strives to help improve the standard of care for mental illness and neurological disorders. In Alyssa’s free time, she enjoys running and Geocaching with her family.

Shirley Ndukwe, CRA

Shirley Ndukwe, CRA Clinical Research Associate

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Shirley Ndukwe, CRA

Shirley Ndukwe, CRA

Clinical Research Associate

Shirley earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2009 from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in organic chemistry in 2013 from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining MPBC, Shirley worked as a clinical research associate/monitor at a large-sized CRO where she worked on clinical studies in several areas including oncology and schizophrenia. Shirley also worked as a study coordinator and organic chemist where she focused on the synthesis of small molecule organic compounds with unique valencies. 

At MPBC, Shirley is currently serving as a clinical research associate, on our Phase 3 studies as well as MPVA4, the fear extinction study. Shirley is thrilled to be given the opportunity to contribute to the exciting and world-changing research at MAPS/MPBC. Shirley is excited about the promising research she will be working on as she believes in the potential benefits to patients through the FDA approval of psychedelics. In Shirley’s free time, she enjoys spending time traveling with her family, trying out different food dishes and teaching young students about the applications of chemistry in our everyday lives.

Dorna Pourang

Dorna Pourang Clinical Trial Leader

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Dorna Pourang

Dorna Pourang

Clinical Trial Leader

After earning a B.S. in Biology from the University of Florida, Dorna worked on the clinical development of several experimental biologics that received FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation. Her decade of research experience ranges from the pre-clinical phase, to conducting clinical trials directly with patients, to managing clinical operations and development at biopharmaceutical sponsors. She has worked on studies in a variety of therapeutic areas across all phases including oncology, rheumatology, dermatology, and infectious diseases.

With this background, she is deeply driven to integrate her work in a way that progressively serves humanity. As a Clinical Trial Leader for investigator-initiated studies at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation, Dorna is passionate about contributing to the safe advancement of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to profoundly impact her generation and future generations to come. In her free time, Dorna enjoys yoga, music festivals, and exploring nature in Los Angeles.

Shaw Ramey-Wright, B.A.

Shaw Ramey-Wright, B.A. Clinical Study Assistant

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Shaw Ramey-Wright, B.A.

Shaw Ramey-Wright, B.A.

Clinical Study Assistant

Shaw earned two Bachelor's of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology at the University of California, Davis in 2017. During his undergraduate career, Shaw worked as the Director of Legislative Affairs for student government, where he trained students to lobby the California State Legislature for affordable higher education, mental health funding, and other important issues. He also served as the Social Chair, Vice President, and President of the Swim Club at UC Davis; a community and activity he still holds dear. Over the summers, he researched CBT-I for cannabis cessation with the Department of Veteran's Affairs and wrote part of a research paper now published in Current Addiction Reports. In his last year as an undergraduate, he took the responsibility of Lead Coordinator for a mental health program on the UC Davis campus. Shaw just finished his most recent position as Campaign Manager for Measure G, the Santa Cruz County sales tax to fund public safety, parks, and social services; which was passed by voters this November. In his spare time, Shaw loves dancing, public speaking, going on hikes with friends, and reading.

 

Aspen Schwind

Aspen Schwind Clinical Study Assistant

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Aspen Schwind

Aspen Schwind

Clinical Study Assistant

Aspen earned her B.A in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Human Biology, as well as a minor in Global Public Health, from the University of California Berkeley in 2019. Aspen is currently working on a Clinical Research Conduct and Management Certification program through UC Berkeley Extension, which will culminate in May 2020. She is enrolled in the course to fulfill the requirements of Association of Clinical Research Professional (ACRP) certification. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Aspen worked at the Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab at UC San Francisco where she directed lab sessions examining sleep deprivation in romantic dyads, scored HRV data for a study of oxytocin administration to parents of schizophrenic minors, and constructed a lab protocol for Harvard’s inducing optimism study.

Aspen is currently serving as a Clinical Study Assistant at MAPS PBC with an emphasis on duties necessary to execute clinical research trials that include document tracking and filing, file migration, document development, and overall support of the Clinical Operations team. Aspen has a passion for expanding treatment options to disenfranchised populations around the world and is excited to join MAPS PBC to help that vision become a reality. In her free time, Aspen enjoys hiking around the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, learning to cook, and experiencing new cultures through travel.

Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A.

Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A. Clinical Research Associate

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Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A.

Brieta Ventimiglia, M.A.

Clinical Research Associate

Brieta earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Statistics in 2005 from Winona State University and a master’s degree in Applied Statistics in 2008 from the University of Western Michigan. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Brieta worked as a Clinical Database and Project Manager where she monitored and managed multiple device trials.

At MAPS PBC, Brieta is currently serving as a Clinical Research Associate, supporting ongoing clinical trials. She believes the research conducted by MAPS PBC is essential to provide healing to those who are suffering. Brieta is firmly committed to MAPS/MAPS PBC’s vision and values and is excited to be a part of such a talented team. In her free time, she can be found exploring the outdoors, camping, hiking, or skiing.

 

 

Research Development and Regulatory Affairs

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D. Director of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs at MAPS

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Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D.

Director of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs at MAPS

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, Ph.D., is the Director of Research Development and Regulatory Affairs of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Dr. Yazar-Klosinski is responsible for development of strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building activities to facilitate research on the risk/benefit profile of psychedelics in compliance with the global regulatory landscape. She has been actively involved in the various stages of nonclinical and clinical development of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, LSD-assisted psychotherapy, cannabis, and ibogaine.

After gaining experience in clinical research laboratories with Geron Corporation and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Yazar-Klosinski joined MAPS in 2009 to work with an organization where profit wouldn't dictate the agenda of scientific research. Over the last 10 years, she has supported MAPS clinical research and regulatory affairs through all stages of growth. Dr. Yazar-Klosinski has developed a strong track record of success with FDA, state regulatory agencies and multiple regulatory agencies outside of the USA.

Dr. Yazar-Klosinski earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Drama from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010. She is a Turkish hunter-gatherer who is supporting the growth of her family and pets in harmony with the natural world as she works tirelessly to transform the future.

Maryann Böger

Maryann Böger Clinical Systems and Quality Manager

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Maryann Böger

Maryann Böger

Clinical Systems and Quality Manager

Maryann brings 15 years of clinical research management experience in conducting international trials to MAPS PBC. She is skilled in strategy development and execution of U.S. and E.U.-regulated trials, both pre- and post-market. Maryann gained strong background in requirements for analyses and reporting of safety and compliance worldwide through her work at Stanford University Hospital, Guidant, and Abbott Labs. In her spare time, Maryann is an avid cyclist and foodie.

Alli Feduccia, Ph.D.

Alli Feduccia, Ph.D. Senior Clinical Data Scientist

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Alli Feduccia, Ph.D.

Alli Feduccia, Ph.D.

Senior Clinical Data Scientist

Alli Feduccia, Ph.D., received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Psychology in 2009 from Louisiana State University. After earning a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from the University of Texas at Austin by utilizing rodent models to study the effects of MDMA on behavior and neurochemical release, she held a postdoctoral research position in the Preclinical Development Group at Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California San Francisco where her experiments aimed to discover novel treatment strategies for alcohol dependence by elucidating the mechanisms of action of medications used to treat substance use disorders. In 2012, she received a Postdoctoral Research Training Award from the National Institutes of Health that enabled her to work on clinical trials at NIAAA/NIDA investigating novel therapeutics for alcoholism, as well as, human fMRI studies oriented to understanding the neural underpinnings of addiction. At MAPS PBC, Alli is currently serving as the Senior Clinical Data Scientist, performing various tasks to ensure clinical data is analyzed and communicated in the highest quality for regulatory documents, scientific publications, and public presentations. She also makes online e-learning modules and creates content for a web-based learning management system to host training and educational material for site and therapy teams, Zendo Project, and other public educational outreach. Recognizing this as a monumental time in history, Alli highly regards the opportunity to participate in efforts to generate scientifically based evidence on the therapeutic and spiritual potential of psychedelics.

 

Zac Goldberg, B.S.

Zac Goldberg, B.S. Clinical Systems and Data Specialist

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Zac Goldberg, B.S.

Zac Goldberg, B.S.

Clinical Systems and Data Specialist

Zac earned a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science with a Specialization in Neuroscience in 2017 from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Zac worked as a Research Assistant at the Perception and Cognition Lab where he recruited participants for visual and auditory perception and memory experiments, in addition to cleaning and analyzing data from the studies.

At MAPS PBC, Zac is currently serving as a Clinical Systems and Data Specialist, focusing on file management, system administration, regulatory document creation, and general organizational work. Zac oversees the electronic trial master file system and assists the Clinical Research Associates with their work. He is passionate about helping make MDMA and other psychedelics a viable option to treat mental illness. In Zac’s free time, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and playing ultimate frisbee and disc golf.

 

Colin Hennigan, M.A.

Colin Hennigan, M.A. Clinical Data Manager

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Colin Hennigan, M.A.

Colin Hennigan, M.A.

Clinical Data Manager

Colin brings a background in research design methodology and database management to MAPS. He earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of Chicago, with an emphasis in social theory and philosophy of science, and his M.A. in Political Science at University of California, Davis, where his graduate work focused on state sovereignty and international systems theory. Prior to joining MAPS, he worked as a Research Analyst with the Genetic Disease Screening Program at the California Department of Public Health, as a freelance technical writer, and as a private mathematics instructor. He is currently working with the MAPS Clinical Team on the creation of an online clinical database and the implementation of the Therapist Adherence Program.

 

L. (Ilsa) Jerome, Ph.D.

L. (Ilsa) Jerome, Ph.D. Medical Coder and Data Analyst

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L. (Ilsa) Jerome, Ph.D.

L. (Ilsa) Jerome, Ph.D.

Medical Coder and Data Analyst

L. (Ilsa) Jerome earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Maryland in 1999, with an interest in social cognition. Inside and beyond formal education, Jerome immersed herself in literature on psychopharmacology and what would soon become affective and social neuroscience. Ilsa was a member of the team that developed the initial 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) Investigator’s Brochure. Jerome was the Clinical Research and Information Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). At MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Jerome has retained the title, focusing on archiving, communicating and sharing information about studies into the effects, risks and benefits of MAPS’ primary study drugs, particularly MDMA and classic psychedelics. Seeking, understanding and communicating scientific information has been at the core of this role, while the details have changed. As clinical research and information specialist, Jerome has collected and summarized research as part of designing and developing the Investigator’s Brochure and Phase 2 studies. She has assisted in the revision and management of Psychedelic Bibliography scope and content, supported and communicated with medical monitors, and communicated with researchers within and outside of MAPS and sending findings into the world as published reports. She believes in the necessity of interpreting and sharing research knowledge that will best help MAPS PBC produce transparent, thorough and honest documents and reports, and that spotting good questions is as important as knowing good answers. Ilsa is fascinated by sound and music, and fragrance and olfaction. She spent a couple of years as a DJ at a university radio station, but remains emphatically unhip.

 

Alia Lilienstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Alia Lilienstein, M.D., M.P.H. Associate Medical Monitor at MAPS

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Alia Lilienstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Alia Lilienstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Medical Monitor at MAPS

Alia is a board-certified Family Medicine physician. She earned her B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University in 2002, where she studied social and cultural influences on health care. Prior to medical school, she earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2004 from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked in clinical research and development at Chiron (later Novartis). She received her M.D. in 2011 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed residency training in Family Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Tufts- and Harvard-affiliated Accountable Care Organization. Before joining MAPS, Alia worked as a primary care doctor in Berkeley. Alia holds a certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research from CIIS in San Francisco. As a family physician, Alia has borne witness to her patients’ struggles with the human condition and the effects these struggles have on their loved ones. She is passionate about helping develop better tools for psychological healing so that everyone may have the opportunity to approach themselves and others with empathy and love.

CMC and Project Management 

Heather Clouting, M.Sc.

Heather Clouting, M.Sc. Director of CMC and Project Management

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Heather Clouting, M.Sc.

Heather Clouting, M.Sc.

Director of CMC and Project Management

Heather Clouting MSc. earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in chemistry in 2002 from Kingston University, London, United Kingdom, and master’s degree in clinical trials in 2009 from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London. Prior to joining the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Heather has worked in the field of clinical research for nearly 15 years. This included 5 years at the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit in London as a Data Manager and Clinical Trial Manager working mainly on HIV and tuberculosis studies in sub-Saharan Africa and 6+ years in the pharmaceutical industry working for Novartis Vaccines and GSK in a variety of roles including Clinical Research Scientist, Senior Clinical Trial Leader, Clinical Operations Manager and Project Delivery Lead. In the last few years she has worked as an independent consultant for small biotech and nonprofit pharmaceutical organizations including MAPS/MPBC in the capacity of program project management, regulatory strategy and chemistry manufacturing and controls (CMC).

At MPBC, Heather is currently serving as the Director of CMC and Project Management working on clinical and commercial CMC, IMP supplies and logistics, nonclinical toxicology program project management, and other cross functional project management activities to support the MPBC programs and eventual NDA submission of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD.

Heather is passionate about the potential expansion of the appropriate use of psychedelics and related healthcare modalities to support metal health indications. She believes that a for-profit model of health care provision and drug development, although in some cases needed, in others can have intrinsic conflict of interest and as a result is excited to be part of an organization that
is developing potential new treatments for mental health disorders that utilize a public benefit approach.

 

 

Krystel Cohn

Krystel Cohn IMP Supply Manager

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Krystel Cohn

Krystel Cohn

IMP Supply Manager

Krystel is a dedicated clinical research professional with over ten years of academic and pharmaceutical research experience. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Krystel has held many research-supporting roles including Clinical Research Assistant, Clinical Research Associate, and Associate Project Manager. She also worked as a Clinical Project Manager leading both pharmaceutical and investigator-initiated oncology, oncology supportive care and cardiac clinical trials at Clinical Assistance Programs and Harvard Clinical Research Institute. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator managing gastroenterology trials at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

At MPBC, Krystel is currently serving as IMP Supply Manager supporting the forecasting, manufacturing, and shipping of clinical and commercial drug supplies.

Krystel is passionate about bringing increased awareness to mental health disorders, specifically anxiety, depression, and addiction. She joined MPBC because she strongly believes expanding treatment options for patients suffering with these and other mental health disorders is vital and can only be done through ethical and innovative research. She is excited to be contributing to the ongoing research lead by MPBC.

In her free time, Krystel enjoys reading fantasy and science-fiction novels, trying new restaurants, and taking hikes with her husband and dog. She is also an avid music fan and loves curating playlists and attending live concerts and music festivals.

Gabrielle Fortier, M.P.H.

Gabrielle Fortier, M.P.H. Clinical Program Project Manager

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Gabrielle Fortier, M.P.H.

Gabrielle Fortier, M.P.H.

Clinical Program Project Manager

Gabby is a Clinical Research Associate who joins the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) research team at an exciting time as their clinical trials program continues to grow. Gabby earned her B.A. in International Relations from Boston University in 2013. While an undergraduate at BU Gabby worked part-time as a research assistant at the Slone Epidemiology Center where she supported numerous birth-defect and post-market vaccine surveillance studies. After graduating, Gabby decided she wanted to continue her research career and became a full-time employee at Slone while pursuing her master’s in Public Health in the evening hours. Gabby earned her M.P.H. from BU in 2015 after completing her research practicum evaluating the community health system in Kenya. More recently, Gabby worked at a major Contract Research Organization where she supported a number of high-profile Phase 1, 2, and 3 pharmaceutical trials. Gabby is excited to bring her experience and passion for clinical research and public health to MAPS PBC!

 

Operations

Amy Emerson

Amy Emerson Executive Director & Head of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs

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Amy Emerson

Amy Emerson

Executive Director & Head of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs

Amy Emerson is the Executive Director and Head of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As the Executive Director, Amy has lead the growth and development of this new subsidiary and is responsible for overall global regulatory strategy and implementation of research programs with a focus on the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy program within MAPS PBC.

Amy started as a pro bono consultant at MAPS in 2003, and since then has built MAPS’ clinical department while managing the MDMA Clinical Development Program with a focus on the PTSD indication. In 2014, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation was incorporated to focus on psychedelic drug development, therapist training programs, and future sales of prescription psychedelics prioritizing public benefit above profit.

Amy brings decades of pharmaceutical development and research experience in Phase 1 through Phase 3 Randomized Controlled Trials including supporting three successful regulatory approvals for new biologics. Her professional experience at Novartis, Chiron and other pharmaceutical companies (1993-2009) spans various fields including immunology, oncology and vaccines. Pursuing her love of science and nature cultivated while growing up in the woods of Alaska she earned her B.S. in genetics and cell biology from Washington State University in 1992 to prepare for a career in research. Amy is passionate about being a mother and the work of bringing the potential of psychedelics for healing further into the consciousness of the world, leaving a better world for the following generations. She has a lifelong love of travel, living abroad with her husband, exploring in nature and cooking with her family.

 

 

 

Ritika Aggarwal, B.A.

Ritika Aggarwal, B.A. Executive Support and Operations Coordinator

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Ritika Aggarwal, B.A.

Ritika Aggarwal, B.A.

Executive Support and Operations Coordinator

Ritika Aggarwal earned her B.A. in Feminist Studies and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While in Santa Cruz, she founded and co-directed the local chapter of NORML/Students for Sensible Drug Policy and worked with the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana. For the past ten years, she has been as a legal advocate for people incarcerated in California prisons, helping to secure the release of over 100 people with life sentences. She is currently the MAPS PBC Executive Support and Operations Coordinator.

 

Larry Narachi

Larry Narachi IT Program Manager

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Larry Narachi

Larry Narachi

IT Program Manager

Larry brings over 20 years of IT leadership to MAPS PBC. He is skilled in strategic planning and execution of IT specific regulatory compliance. Larry has a strong technical background with his work at medical device manufacturers General Surgical Innovations and Kyphon, as well as experience with Software-as-a-Service organizations. Larry is passionate about the mission at MAPS PBC and in his spare time Larry plays drums, rides his road and mountain bicycles and enjoys the outdoors.

 

Jason Vetrano, SPHR

Jason Vetrano, SPHR Finance & Human Resources Specialist

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Jason Vetrano, SPHR

Jason Vetrano, SPHR

Finance & Human Resources Specialist

Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wayne State University, and a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Naropa University. He also recently obtained a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential from the HR Certification Institute. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Jason worked as the Business Officer in the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University, where he managed the budget, as well as the human resources functions for the department. At MPBC, Jason is currently serving as Finance and Human Resources Specialist, focusing on contracts, payments and invoicing, and all things related to human resources. Jason was introduced to MAPS by his wife Laura, who is a therapist training in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. He is thrilled to be doing meaningful work at MAPS, and filled with gratitude that there is a part for him to play in helping to advance the mission. Jason lives in Fort Collins, CO, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, running, reading, making music, and cooking.

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