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David E. Smith, MD, DFASAM, FAACT

Dr. David E. Smith is recognized as a national leader in the treatment of addictive disease, the psychopharmacology of drugs, new research strategies in the management of drug abuse problems, and appropriate prescribing practices for physicians. He teaches that addiction is a primary medical illness which is best treated in a multidisciplinary fashion, utilizing the group process and the 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous. Dr. Smith lectures on the management of psychoactive drug dependence, including cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs. He also speaks on the subjects of impaired and recovering clinicians, substance abuse in the workplace, dual diagnosis disorders, and substance abuse and the criminal justice system, among many other topics. He provides medical review of DOT and private industry drug testing and prescription drug plans, and legal consultation. Dr. Smith founded the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics in 1967, inaugurating the principle of “Health Care is a Right, not a Privilege.” He has served on federal, state and local bodies addressing substance use, abuse and treatment, and has received numerous awards. He lectures extensively and is the author/co-author of over 360 professional articles and books, including Unchain Your Brain: 10 Steps to Breaking the Addictions that Steal Your Life, with Dr. Daniel Amen.

Steve Heilig, MPH

Trained at five University of California campuses in public health, medical ethics, addiction medicine, economics, environmental sciences, and other disciplines, Heilig's work includes positions at the San Francisco Marin Medical Society, California Pacific Medical Center, University of California, and as co-editor of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. He has long served on the editorial board and as guest editor of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in Drug Policy, co-chair of the San Francisco anti-tobacco coalition, a board member of Alcohol Justice, member of California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom's Commission on Marijuana Policy, a drug educator at public and private schools, and has co-chaired a national conferences on drug education and MDMA. He has served on many nonprofit boards and appointed commissions, and is a trained hospice worker. Steve has worked with Dr. David Smith for decades on many issues, starting with getting Addiction Medicine officially recognized as a subspecialty by the California and American Medical Associations, and has co-authored many articles with Dr. Smith. He and Dr. Smith have both received the California Medical Association’s highest award for service to public health and medicine.

Rick Doblin, PhD

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary's Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife, two dogs, and empty rooms from three children, one of whom is in college and two have graduated.

Rick Doblin, PhD

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary's Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife, two dogs, and empty rooms from three children, one of whom is in college and two have graduated.

Allyson Mayo, DBH

Dr. Allyson Mayo is currently the Executive Director of Providing Easier Access to Care Everywhere (PEACE) Project, founder of Behavioral Fitness, and serves on the Contra Costa County board representing mental health. She has over twenty years of experience developing new business strategies in cross sectional industries including Fortune 50 technology, healthcare, higher education, and local government programs. Dr. Mayo embodies an approach to work that includes diversity with a shared vision as a competitive advantage. Additionally, she prioritizes operationalization in work processes and compassion for all stakeholders. She is a professor at the University of San Francisco’s, School of Nursing and Health Professions. As a Doctor of Behavioral Health, she is currently addressing the biggest drug epidemic in history through initiatives on root causes of systemic public health problems and prioritizing workforce development. Her practice of Steward Leadership propels her to disrupt the healthcare industry through a cross cultural lens and with measurable returns on investment.

Allyson Mayo, DBH

Dr. Allyson Mayo is currently the Executive Director of Providing Easier Access to Care Everywhere (PEACE) Project, founder of Behavioral Fitness, and serves on the Contra Costa County board representing mental health. She has over twenty years of experience developing new business strategies in cross sectional industries including Fortune 50 technology, healthcare, higher education, and local government programs. Dr. Mayo embodies an approach to work that includes diversity with a shared vision as a competitive advantage. Additionally, she prioritizes operationalization in work processes and compassion for all stakeholders. She is a professor at the University of San Francisco’s, School of Nursing and Health Professions. As a Doctor of Behavioral Health, she is currently addressing the biggest drug epidemic in history through initiatives on root causes of systemic public health problems and prioritizing workforce development. Her practice of Steward Leadership propels her to disrupt the healthcare industry through a cross cultural lens and with measurable returns on investment.

Tomás J. Aragón, MD, DrPH

Tomás J. Aragón, MD, DrPH is the health officer of the City & County of San Francisco, and director of the Population Health Division (PHD) at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. As health officer, he exercises leadership and legal authority to protect and promote health. As PHD director, he directs public health services. His focus areas include health equity, lean enterprise transformation, data science, collective impact, and leadership development to tackle complex organizational and community challenges. He teaches epidemiologic R programming/data science at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and maintains two blogs Population Health Data Science (www.phds.io) and Population Health Lean (www.phlean.org).

Tomás J. Aragón, MD, DrPH

Tomás J. Aragón, MD, DrPH is the health officer of the City & County of San Francisco, and director of the Population Health Division (PHD) at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. As health officer, he exercises leadership and legal authority to protect and promote health. As PHD director, he directs public health services. His focus areas include health equity, lean enterprise transformation, data science, collective impact, and leadership development to tackle complex organizational and community challenges. He teaches epidemiologic R programming/data science at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, and maintains two blogs Population Health Data Science (www.phds.io) and Population Health Lean (www.phlean.org).

Jennifer Dore, MD

Jennifer Dore, MD is a member of the adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford and is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and addiction.  Dr. Dore earned her MD from New York Medical College in 2007, with the highest academic distinction, Alpha Omega Alpha and holds a B.A. from Amherst College where she majored in English Literature. Upon graduating, Dr. Dore trained for three years as a surgical resident at Weill Cornell/NY Presbyterian Hospital.  It was while training as a surgeon, specifically time covering the Intensive Care Unit, that Dr. Dore discovered a deep concern and interest in the complexity of human suffering and how difficult it is for patients and their families to make life critical medical decisions. ​

Dr. Dore's training subsequently took her to Northern California where she joined the Stanford Department of Psychiatry as a resident physician.  While at Stanford, Dr. Dore's focus included the treatment of bipolar disorder, intensive individual psychotherapy, family and couples therapy, the treatment of addiction and medical decision making.   Dr. Dore's research in the area of bipolar disorder earned her recognition from the American Psychiatric Association during their 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Dore was also elected Chief Resident for her contributions as a leader and innovator.  

Jennifer Dore, MD

Jennifer Dore, MD is a member of the adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford and is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and addiction.  Dr. Dore earned her MD from New York Medical College in 2007, with the highest academic distinction, Alpha Omega Alpha and holds a B.A. from Amherst College where she majored in English Literature. Upon graduating, Dr. Dore trained for three years as a surgical resident at Weill Cornell/NY Presbyterian Hospital.  It was while training as a surgeon, specifically time covering the Intensive Care Unit, that Dr. Dore discovered a deep concern and interest in the complexity of human suffering and how difficult it is for patients and their families to make life critical medical decisions. ​

Dr. Dore's training subsequently took her to Northern California where she joined the Stanford Department of Psychiatry as a resident physician.  While at Stanford, Dr. Dore's focus included the treatment of bipolar disorder, intensive individual psychotherapy, family and couples therapy, the treatment of addiction and medical decision making.   Dr. Dore's research in the area of bipolar disorder earned her recognition from the American Psychiatric Association during their 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Dore was also elected Chief Resident for her contributions as a leader and innovator.  

James Fadiman, PhD

James Fadiman, PhD, with degrees from Harvard and Stanford, has been involved with psychedelic research for much of his career. Aspects of his work on microdosing psychedelics, which he has been researching since 2010, have been recently published in the Journal of Performance Enhancement and Health, the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, the book Advances in Psychedelic Medicine and most recently parodied on Saturday Night Live. As well as holding consulting, training, counseling and editorial jobs, he has taught in psychology and design engineering at San Francisco State, Brandeis, and Stanford. For three decades, he has taught Sufism, Fiction, and other classes at Sophia University, of which he is a co-founder. He has published textbooks, professional books, a self-help book, a novel, a produced play and a video series: Drugs: The Children Are Choosing, for National Public Television. He was featured in a National Geographic documentary and has had three solo shows of his nature photography. His most recent books are The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys and Healthy Selves: Who We Are and Why You Don’t Know It (with co-author Jordan Gruber).

James Fadiman, PhD

James Fadiman, PhD, with degrees from Harvard and Stanford, has been involved with psychedelic research for much of his career. Aspects of his work on microdosing psychedelics, which he has been researching since 2010, have been recently published in the Journal of Performance Enhancement and Health, the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, the book Advances in Psychedelic Medicine and most recently parodied on Saturday Night Live. As well as holding consulting, training, counseling and editorial jobs, he has taught in psychology and design engineering at San Francisco State, Brandeis, and Stanford. For three decades, he has taught Sufism, Fiction, and other classes at Sophia University, of which he is a co-founder. He has published textbooks, professional books, a self-help book, a novel, a produced play and a video series: Drugs: The Children Are Choosing, for National Public Television. He was featured in a National Geographic documentary and has had three solo shows of his nature photography. His most recent books are The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys and Healthy Selves: Who We Are and Why You Don’t Know It (with co-author Jordan Gruber).

Wesley Geer

Wesley Geer has been a professional musician for over 20 years. He first gained success as the founding member of Jive Records artists, Hed PE, and later as a touring guitarist with the legendary band Korn. After completing his career as a touring musician, Wes founded Rock to Recovery, an innovative music program that harnesses the healing energy of music through songwriting, playing as a band, and recording. Rock to Recovery provides more than 400 sessions each month in 100+ facilities in California, Oregon, and Tennessee, as well as nationally through a contract with the Department of Defense working with the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program. The Rock to Recovery program administrators are rockstars who use the Rock to Recovery program to help non-musicians enjoy and benefit from the healing power of playing music and singing.

Kathryn Howe

Kathryn Howe is a Senior Advisor to Retail Industry clients in Cisco’s Customer Value Acceleration/Business Transformation organization. In this role, she works closely with retailers to help them understand how advanced technologies enable them to meet their business priorities. Her special expertise in utilizing shopper behavior analytics is helping these companies create differentiation through brand engagement and experience.

Kathryn has 20+ years’ experience bringing advanced technology solutions to the retail industry.  Prior to joining Cisco, she served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a Silicon Valley-based retail analytics technology company, where she worked with retailers and CPG companies on in-store analytics to create better shopper experiences, improve conversion, and measure shopper marketing effectiveness through each step of the shopper journey.

Serving in senior positions with top technology companies including IBM and NEC, Kathryn has spent her career helping retailers utilize technology to improve performance in store operations, merchandising, supply chain, category and customer experience. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) and holds certificates from the Harvard Executive Development program and the Santa Clara Retail Masters Institute.

Kathryn Howe

Kathryn Howe is a Senior Advisor to Retail Industry clients in Cisco’s Customer Value Acceleration/Business Transformation organization. In this role, she works closely with retailers to help them understand how advanced technologies enable them to meet their business priorities. Her special expertise in utilizing shopper behavior analytics is helping these companies create differentiation through brand engagement and experience.

Kathryn has 20+ years’ experience bringing advanced technology solutions to the retail industry.  Prior to joining Cisco, she served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a Silicon Valley-based retail analytics technology company, where she worked with retailers and CPG companies on in-store analytics to create better shopper experiences, improve conversion, and measure shopper marketing effectiveness through each step of the shopper journey.

Serving in senior positions with top technology companies including IBM and NEC, Kathryn has spent her career helping retailers utilize technology to improve performance in store operations, merchandising, supply chain, category and customer experience. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!) and holds certificates from the Harvard Executive Development program and the Santa Clara Retail Masters Institute.

Catherine Lucey, MD

Dr. Catherine R. Lucey is Vice Dean for Education and Executive Vice Dean for the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She directs the undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education programs of the School of Medicine and the Office of Medical Education. Dr. Lucey is on the executive management team for the School of Medicine’s Differences Matters Initiative and oversees other strategic initiatives for the medical school and the campus. Dr. Lucey’s national portfolio of work has included membership on the National Academy of Medicine, the Board of Directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Board of Medical Specialties. Additionally, she served as Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In these roles, she has worked to influence the direction of academic medicine and the continuum of medical education in ways aligned with UCSF’s approach to education, culture and community. Dr. Lucey joined UCSF from Ohio State University, where she was Vice Dean for Education for the College of Medicine and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Education for the Office of Health Sciences. She completed her residency in internal medicine at UCSF, including service as Chief Resident at the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital. She earned her medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine.

Catherine Lucey, MD

Dr. Jessica Rodriguez, PhD

Dr. Jessica Rodriguez, PhD, LAADC-S, ICADC, MAC, CTRTC, CIP, GIP, CTP, CCS, CTS, FSS is a Clinical Director, and Consultant, and is currently the Educator and Lead Trainer for OnSite Strategies, located in Sacramento, California. Dr. Rodriguez, who is fondly called Dr. J., is an expert in the field of Addiction Medicine and a leader in the healing industry. She integrated her organizational, clinical and culturally competent expertise and began developing organizational, behavioral and clinical systems. Some of these systems address organizational challenges in leadership, and a lack of relationship and resiliency within board of directors, the executive team, supervisors, front line and administrative staff. Her clients have experienced favorable results through expert assessment, technical assistance methods, including but not limited to: Intervention, Training, Coaching, Facilitation, Technical Writing, and Document or Literature Review.

 

Dr. J. is very committed to decreasing health disparity and access barriers for marginalized populations, through customized trainings, educational materials, organizational development, and needs assessments. She was a proud member of the clinical team to start up the Path 2 Health Program for Well Point, Inc., as well as the Clinical Supervisor of Family First’s Therapeutic Foster Care program. She was a Shelter Supervisor and Lead Case Manager for The Cold Weather Shelter, providing co-occurring and support services to homeless families. In addition, she founded the Prison to Purpose program at the California Institute for Women. She believes in the public health model when working with clients; as a trained and certified Choice Theorist and Reality Therapist, she believes that attunement with her clients is critical to the overall success of the work. Dr. Rodriguez is a University of California Sacramento Mc Nair Scholar, a U.S. Scholar, earned her PhD in Psychology, with a Christian Perspective in 2004, and a second Ph.D., in 2008 in Pastoral Care and Counseling. She also received three honorary doctorates in 2004. 

Adriana Popescu, PhD

Adriana Popescu, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and empowerment coach with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She is also a certified hypnotherapist, Access Consciousness® Facilitator, and Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) Practitioner, having discovered that Energy Psychology provides incredibly powerful tools to identify and eliminate the deep-rooted causes of suffering and distress. She specializes in treating addiction, co-occurring disorders, and trauma, and has directed a number of treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently the Clinical Director at Avery Lane, an innovative new treatment program for women with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. Adriana has contributed to a number of books and book chapters, including TJ Woodward’s Conscious Being Workbook and The Conscious Recovery Method™ Workbook, both of which she co-authored with him. Adriana also has a private practice in San Francisco and travels around the world coaching and facilitating transformational and empowering workshops. She loves to assist people in overcoming their limitations and creating a life of infinite possibilities. www.adrianapopescu.org

Adriana Popescu, PhD

Adriana Popescu, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and empowerment coach with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She is also a certified hypnotherapist, Access Consciousness® Facilitator, and Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) Practitioner, having discovered that Energy Psychology provides incredibly powerful tools to identify and eliminate the deep-rooted causes of suffering and distress. She specializes in treating addiction, co-occurring disorders, and trauma, and has directed a number of treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently the Clinical Director at Avery Lane, an innovative new treatment program for women with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. Adriana has contributed to a number of books and book chapters, including TJ Woodward’s Conscious Being Workbook and The Conscious Recovery Method™ Workbook, both of which she co-authored with him. Adriana also has a private practice in San Francisco and travels around the world coaching and facilitating transformational and empowering workshops. She loves to assist people in overcoming their limitations and creating a life of infinite possibilities. www.adrianapopescu.org

Constance Scharff, PhD

Constance Scharff, also known by the name Ahuva Batya, has a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies, specializing in radically transformative personal experience. She is the Science and Research Chair on the board at Rock to Recovery, an evidence-based music therapy program in California and Tennessee. She and Rock to Recovery founder Wesley Geer are currently working on a book about the program. Dr. Scharff is an award-winning author. She has written two books, the Amazon best-selling Ending Addiction for Good and an award-winning poetry book, Meeting God at Midnight. Dr. Scharff writes regularly for several blogs and websites, including Psychology Today. She is also a novelist. Her most recent fictional work is at the intersection of mental health and environmental awareness. Her book reviews can be found at the New York Journal of Books.

 

In her role as an addiction researcher, Dr. Scharff brings the latest in evidence-based addiction treatment information to those who suffer from addiction worldwide. She has spoken at conferences and shared information with researchers and mental health professionals in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Her goal is to eliminate the stigma that is too often associated with addiction and other mental health disorders so that individuals in need of care will be able to receive that support and lead productive, fulfilling lives. Understanding that not all people have access to mental healthcare, Dr. Scharff uses her resources in storytelling and outdoor education to help individuals in areas of the world with limited mental health services. By re-telling stories in new ways, with emphasis on different parts of the story, individuals can overcome many mental health problems that would otherwise become intractable. Spending time in the outdoors can help individuals realign their life purpose and find meaningful ways to come to terms with traumatic experience and focus on new ways of being.

Personally and academically, Dr. Scharff has an interest in mystical and spiritual experience, the kind of experience that literally changes a person’s life in a moment. She has traveled the world visiting practitioners of various religious traditions in order to help her understand how it is that individuals comprehend God. She focuses specifically on the ways in which these experiences can radically transform those who have them and uses that understanding to help those undergoing deep-seated change to incorporate that change in ways that are healthy and productive. Dr. Scharff is a board member with the Society for Consciousness Studies and a member of the American Psychological Association and World Federation for Mental Health. She is also a life-long Girl Scout. In her spare time, Dr. Scharff rides a half-Arabian gelding named Cody in Western pleasure events in the Pacific Northwest.

Jason Schiffman, MD, MA, MBD

Jason Eric Schiffman, MD, MA, MBA is the Director of the UCLA Dual Diagnosis Program. He is also a primary investigator at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human behavior where he is engaged in translational research investigating new compounds for the treatment of schizophrenia, mood disorders, and addiction. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at UCLA and is a graduate of the MD/MBA program at the University of Southern California where he focused on health systems management and web-based healthcare delivery. He has extensive research experience in molecular biology and is the author of numerous scientific publications in this field. Dr. Schiffman also received a Masters of Arts degree in Linguistics from UCLA where he specialized in syntax and semantics.

 

One of Dr. Schiffman's primary interests has been the development of novel psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions to treat co-occuring addictive and anxiety disorders. As Director of the UCLA Dual Diagnosis Program, he has developed a treatment approach that addresses both the addictive process as well as associated anxiety or mood disorders, promoting recovery from both simultaneously.

Thomas Simpatico, MD

Dr. Thomas Simpatico is Founder & CEO of MhISSION Translational Systems (MTS), LLC, a spinoff enterprise from The Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. He is a psychiatrist trained at the University of Chicago and is recognized as a national leader in behavioral health, human service delivery systems and public psychiatry. Dr. Simpatico and his team at MTS have created a uniquely innovative suite of tools and technologies which connect persons with treatment and service options producing dramatically improved outcomes. The MhISSION System© creates new paths for information exchange and interoperability among treatment and service providers, outreach agencies, law enforcement, corrections, veterans’ groups, and other entities that typically operate in isolation. The MhISSION System© is currently being used in several New England states to support veteran services, jail & court diversion & re-entry and other health and human services. It is being used nationally to quantify health care and societal loses for governmental, healthcare systems and Indian Tribe plaintiffs in the current opioid mass tort litigation.

 

From 1988-2003 as part of the Northwestern University Medical School faculty, he served in a series of administrative positions for the Illinois Mental Health Authority including five years as Metro Chicago Bureau Chief for the Illinois Department of Mental Health. In that role, he created and directed a number of programs that have significantly helped to integrate community mental health services with the Cook County Department of Corrections/Cook County Jail including the Cook County Jail DataLink System. He maintains an academic appointment as Professor and Director of Public Psychiatry at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.

 

Dr. Simpatico has received numerous awards and is an active researcher, teacher and speaker. He was the recipient of the 2010 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Featherfist Humanitarian Service Award. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past president of the Vermont Psychiatric Association and was a panelist on the Fred Friendly Seminars production MINDS ON THE EDGE-Facing Mental Illness that has aired nationally on PBS.

T.J. Woodward

TJ Woodward is a revolutionary recovery specialist, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and awakening coach who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. He is the author of the books Conscious Being: Awakening to your True Nature and Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction. TJ is also the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method™, which is a ground breaking spiritual and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction. He was given the honor of being ordained as an Agape minister by Dr. Michael Beckwith and is also the founder and senior minister of The Agape Bay Spiritual Center in Oakland, which is the first satellite community of The Agape International Spiritual Center in LA. He is also the host of the Awakened Living Radio and Awakened Living TV shows. Visit his website: www.tjwoodward.com

Alex Trope, MD, MSC

Dr. Alex Trope (formerly Schrobenhauser-Clonan) is a current resident in psychiatry at UCSF. He studied International Development with a focus on global health at Brown University, and continued to work in the field of global health at Partners in Health, the Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health before heading to medical school at the UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program (JMP). At the JMP, he completed a Master of Science and undertook a group-randomized controlled trial of a classroom-based yoga and mindfulness curriculum for inner-city youth, in collaboration with the Niroga Institute, with whom he later trained to become a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200).

 

During medical school, he took a year off to pursue his interests in writing, climate change and alternative models of development and was picked to be a UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellow (2015-2016). He sits on the Steering Committee of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance. His current research continues his interest in group functions, focusing on quantifying and describing various facets group process and social connectedness in a psilocybin-assisted group therapy trial through the UCSF Bonding and Attunement in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (BAND) Lab, where he is mentored by Josh Woolley, MD, PhD; Brian Anderson, MD, MSc; and Christopher Stauffe, MD. You can reach him at Alex.Schrobenhauser-clonan@ucsf.edu.

Jerome Beck, PhD

Jerome Beck, PhD is a drug researcher with extensive experience in many facets of the substance (ab)use field. As a drug information specialist at the University of Oregon Drug Information Center in the 1970’s, and an instructor at the University of Oregon Health Education Program in the early 1980’s, he gained considerable experience in tracking drug trends and providing educational services to diverse populations of both licit and illicit substance users.

 

After moving to the San Francisco Bay area, he became involved in a number of federally-funded sociological studies of illicit drug users while pursuing his graduate education at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. In particular, he closely followed and published on the emergence and popularization of MDMA, eventually serving as Project Director for the NIDA-funded “Exploring Ecstasy” study, whose findings informed his dissertation “The MDMA controversy: Contexts of use and social control” (1990). He later co-authored with Dr. Marsha Rosenbaum a book for SUNY Press on that subject The Pursuit of Ecstasy. Dr. Beck has also served as a Co-Principal Investigator on a three site, NIDA-funded sociological exploration of “Ice and Other Methamphetamine Use.”

 

Dr. Beck served as Principal Investigator and Investigator, respectively, on two additional federally funded studies: “LSD, MDMA and Other Psychedelics” and “Epidemiological Study of Marijuana and Health.” Dr. Beck has taught a course on “Cultural and Sociohistorical Foundations of Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Problems,” in the UC Berkeley Extension Program, and served as a Public Health, Policy and Epidemiology Research Administrator for the Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Program (TRDRP) in the University of California Office of the President.

Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD

Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD received her doctorate in (medical) sociology from the University of California at San Francisco in 1979, and subsequently served as principal investigator on National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded studies of heroin addiction, methadone maintenance treatment, MDMA (Ecstasy), cocaine, and drug use during pregnancy. She is the author of three books: Women on Heroin, Pursuit of Ecstasy: The MDMA Experience (with Jerome E. Beck), and Pregnant Women on Drugs: Combatting Stereotypes and Stigma (with Sheigla Murphy); as well as numerous scholarly articles and opinion pieces about drug use, addiction, women, treatment, and drug policy. Dr. Rosenbaum served as director of the San Francisco office of the Drug Policy Alliance beginning in 1996, where she spearheaded DPA’s work on youth and drugs, and wrote Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teen and Drugs (now in its 7th printing). Preceding the passage of Prop. 64 in California, Dr. Rosenbaum served as co-chair of the Youth Committee for then-Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Commission to study the impact of cannabis legalization. Most recently, Dr. Rosenbaum served as a consultant for DPA’s new drug education curriculum for high schools, Safety First: Real Drug Education for Teens. In this capacity, as has been the case for two decades, she regularly speaks with parent groups, including the 700,000-member California State PTA. Dr. Rosenbaum lives in San Francisco and is the proud mother of two adult children and two little granddaughters.