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Jennifer Mitchell

Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

Jennifer Mitchell is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Acting Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Dr. Mitchell's current work is focused on identifying and developing novel therapeutics for drug and alcohol abuse, PTSD, stress, anxiety, impulsivity, and depression and on understanding the neural mechanisms responsible for these disorders. She conducts translational neuroscience research that rests at the intersection of psychology, behavioral pharmacology, and neuroanatomy.

Over the past few years, Dr. Mitchell has worked on the development of psychedelic therapeutics for a range of psychiatric conditions including MDMA for PTSD and psilocybin for demoralization and depression. She is a member of the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics and the UCSF Neuroscape Psychedelics Division and has extensive and diverse experience with human and animal pharmacology, hypothesis-driven neuroscience, human proof-of-concept studies, translational models, and clinical trials.


  • –present
    Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco