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Research Scientist, Queen's Health Sciences and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Queen's University, Ontario

B.A in Philosophy, M.P.A. with a concentration in health policy, PhD on the therapeutic application of psilocybin completed in 2023.

23 years in front line harm reduction, community health, mental health and addictions. I started as a prison outreach worker at the height of the AIDS epidemic, helped start a needle exchange program, then founded Street Health Centre, a multi-disciplinary community health centre for people facing multiple barriers to health, including homelessness and addiction. I have taught for 16 years at Canadian university, including Queen's (Introduction to the Study of Alcohol and Drug Problems) and University of Ottawa (Psychedelics, Politics and Harm Reduction). I am also Faculty in the Michener Institute Foundations of Psychedelic Psychotherapy Program.

I am now the Research Scientist for the Queen's Psychedelics Collaborative and the Lead Clinical Trial Therapist in our clinical trial of psilocybin for alcohol use disorder, Department of Psychiatry, Queen's University.


  • 2023–present
    Adjunct assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, Queen's Health Sciences
  • 2020–present
    Associate research scientist, Queen's Health Sciences
  • 2021–2022
    Postdoctoral fellow, Public Health Sciences, Queen's University
  • 2006–2021
    Adjunct assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University
  • 2020–2021
    Adjunct assistant professor, Department of Classical and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa


  • 2023 
    Queen's University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2002 
    Queen's University, Master's of Public Administration