Psychedelic Clinical Science

Life, death and psychedelic drugs on CNN with Dr. Monnica Williams

Life, Death, and Psychedelic Drugs: Psychedelics are increasingly being used to treat difficult mental health issues like PTSD and for end-of-life care. Here's what the potential of these drugs in controlled treatment settings looks like, featuring Dr. Monnica Williams. Source: BEME/CNN

Igniting an International Conversation: People of Color & Psychedelics

Oppression, poverty, and discrimination can all contribute to trauma at both individual and collective levels. There is a vast potential for psychedelics to help heal these traumas and move people toward wholeness.

Recently, there has been much excitement about the potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to address a multitude of mental health conditions, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, end-of-life anxiety, and other conditions. However, people of color have not been meaningfully included as research participants or researchers. With studies underway across the globe and expanding access to the benefits of these substances, space must be made for diverse voices and communities of color.

Oppression, poverty, and discrimination can all contribute to traumatic experiences at both individual and collective levels. These ongoing traumatic experiences — enhanced and compounded for people who exist at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities — are often under-recognized and thus under-treated. There is a vast potential for psychedelics to help heal trauma and move people toward wholeness.

Dr. Williams is working to make psychedelic medicine accessable for everyone. In addition to board certification, an inter-jurisdictional practice certificate, and licensure in two countries, Dr. Monnica Williams is a certified psychedelic therapist through the MAPS MDMA Training Program (part A-D). She also offers psychedelic-assisted therapy at her clinic in Tolland, Connecticut.

Upcoming Psychedelic Presentations & Conferences

Word cloud from Monnica Williams lecture at Penn

It's about PEOPLE. The word cloud generated from Dr. Williams' lecture at the Penn Society for Psychedelic Science in November 2019.


Online Articles

Online Training

  • Williams, M. T. (recorded). Culturally-Informed Outreach & Clinical Research: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD. TZK Seminars. (3 CEs)

Related Academic Publications

Monnica Williams, Bia Labate, and Clancy Cavnar in San Francisco

Monnica Williams in San Francisco with Drs. Bia Labate (director) and Clancy Cavnar of Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines. Dr. Williams serves on the Committee for Racial Equity & Access.

Special Issue

Jenny Purdon (modeartor), Dr. Nick Powers, and Dr. Monnica Williams (left to right) at Yale University to discuss people of color and their lack of representation in the psychedelic medicine movement.

Prior Lectures & Presentations

MDMA Therapy Training Event for Communities of Color

Dr. Monnica Williams co-organized a workshop and training for therapists of color in August 2019 for MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD, sponsored by MAPS and grant funded by the Open Society Foundations.

Student Poster Presentations

  • Michaels, T. I., Lester, L. F., Purdon, J., & Williams, M. (2018, November). Inclusion of People of Color in Ketamine Randomized Clinical Trials for the Treatment of Depression. Poster session at the 52nd Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.

  • Ching, T. H. W., Williams, M. T., Kisicki, M., Reed, S. J., & George, J. (2017, November). MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment-Resistant PTSD: MAPS-Sponsored Phase 2 Findings & Cultural Considerations for Phase 3 Trials. Poster session at the 51st Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

Selected Media Appearances

Monnica Williams and Jade in Connecticut

Monnica Williams and Jade Ullmann in the MAPS Study Treatment room research space at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Grants & Awards

  • 2020 - MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Expanded Access Pilot Project for Racial Trauma in People of Color, Psychedelic Research Funders Collective

  • 2019 - MDMA Therapy Training for Communities of Color, Open Society Foundations for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

  • 2018 - Cosmic Sisters Women of The Psychedelic Renaissance Grant

  • 2018 - Ullmann Family Foundation

  • 2017 - An Open-Label, Multi-Site Phase 2 Study of the Safety and Effect of Manualized MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Severe Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (MP-16), MAPS

Conference Planning

  • Conference Planning Team, Global Summit on Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Medicines: From Research to Reality, Scheduled for 2021, Toronto, ON

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