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Alicia Danforth
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Alicia Danforth
Alicia Danforth, Ph.D. has worked in clinical research with psychedelic medicines since 2006 at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She was a study coordinator and co-facilitator for Dr. Charles Grob's pilot study of psilocybin-assisted therapy for existential anxiety reactive to late-stage cancer. She presently is a co-investigator with Dr. Grob for a pilot study of MDMA-assisted therapy for social anxiety in autistic adults.

In 2015, Danforth became a licensed psychologist in California. In 2013, Danforth graduated from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with a specialization in Transpersonal Research and Education. Her dissertation was on the MDMA (Ecstasy) experiences of adults on the autism spectrum. At ITP, she co-taught a class with James Fadiman and David Lukoff for clinicians in-training entitled "Psychedelics: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications". Danforth is a Black Rock City Ranger, harm reduction advocate, former broadcast journalist, and avid poi spinner.

In 2009, Danforth appeared in National Geographic's production Inside LSD, and she has spoken about her psychedelic work at numerous events, including the World Psychedelic Forum, Horizons, Symbiosis, the Women's Visionary Congress; Burning Man (at Palenque Norte, Entheon Village, and the Saraswati Speaker Series), the Students for Sensible Drug Policy's International Conference, Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, the Boom Festival, Catalysts: The Impact of Psychedelics from Culture to Creativity, The American Psychological Association Convention, Bioneers, The Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference, and Psychedelic Science 2013.

Author of (Book Chapters)
  • "Logistics" chapter in the Manual of Psychedelic Support (2015)
  • Psychedelic Psychotherapy Near the End of Life [with C.S. Grob]. In: T.B. Roberts (Ed). The Psychedelic Future of the Mind: How Entheogens Are Enhancing Cognition, Boosting Intelligence, and Raising Values. Inner Traditions (2013)
  • Ecstasy [with C.S. Grob]. In: G.L. Fisher and N.A. Roget (Eds). Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. Sage Publishers, pages 352-354 (2009)
  • Author of (Articles)
  • Dissertation: Courage, connection, and clarity: A mixed-methods collective-case study of MDMA (ecstasy) experiences of autistic adults - 2013
  • Findings from a Collective Case Study of the MDMA/Ecstasy Experiences of Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Transcript from Psychedelic Science 2013 (MAPS Website)
  • Pilot Study of Psilocybin Treatment for Anxiety in Advanced-stage Cancer Patients [with C.S. Grob, G.S. Chopra, M.C. Hagerty, C.R. McKay, A.L. Halberstadt, and G.R. Greer]. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 68(1):71-78 (2010)
  • Focusing-oriented Psychotherapy as a Supplement to Preparation for Psychedelic Therapy. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology 41(2):151-162 (2010)
  • Envisioning the Psychedelic Community: Notes from the Symbiosis Gathering (September 2009)
  • Interviews with
  • An Interview with Alicia Danforth, by David Jay Brown, MAPS Bulletin (2010)
  • Interview & Discussions with Alicia Danforth, three different installments of the Vibrational Voyage Radio Program (May 18, 2010; Jun 29, 2010; Feb 8, 2011)
  • Videos
  • Science & Sacraments: Psychedelic Research and Mystical Experiences (2013)
  • MDMA/Ecstasy Experiences of Adults on the Autism Spectrum, Psychedelic Science 2013 (April 2013)
  • The Use of Hallucinogens in Psychiatry and Medicine, [with C.S. Grob]. Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century (April 2010)
  • Psychedelic Psychotherapy for Life-Threatening Illness Anxiety Panel, [with C.S. Grob, R. Griffiths, S. Ross, J. Guss, A. Bossis, P. Gasser, W.A. Richards, and M. Cosimano]. Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century (April 2010)
  • Inside LSD, National Geographic (October 2009)
  • Little Pieces of a Big Dream, Horizons (September 2009)
  • Audio
  • LINK 8. MAPS Psychedelic Spotlight #4, hosted by Ken Allen (2009)
  • Entheon Village Lecture Series, with Sameet Kumar and Matt Johnson (2008)
  • Building a Model for Sustainable Psychedelic Therapy (2007)