Advisory Panel

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Greg Barns

Barrister, Author & Company Director

Greg Barns is a barrister, author and company director.  Greg worked as a senior adviser to a number of federal and state ministers and leaders and ran the 1999 Republic Referendum campaign with Malcolm Turnbull.  He is former National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and is a regular commentator on human rights issues.  Greg has been a leading advocate of drug law reform in Australia and has written extensively on the subject.  He has also written and spoken publicly about his own experience living with depression and anxiety.  Greg is the author of four books on Australian politics. He practices from Hobart and Melbourne and has acted in a number of medical cannabis cases.

Dr David Caldicott

B.Sc. (Hons), MBBS, FRCEM, DipMedTox

Emergency Medicine Consultant

David Caldicott is an Irish Emergency Consultant, living and working in Canberra – he holds conjoint academic positions with the University of Canberra, and the Australian National University.
David is the co-recipient of an NH&MRC Partnership grant as part of the ‘Driving Change project’. He is currently the Clinical Lead at the Australian Drug Observatory of The ANU.
David has always been ‘disruptive’. He wrote and delivered Australia’s first medicinal cannabis course, conceived to teach clinicians the science behind the headlines. He also designed & negotiated Australia’s first sanctioned ‘pill testing’ trial in the ACT in 2018.
David has an Irishman’s interest in influencing politics to effect evidence based policy, and is an expert on illicit drugs for the Australian Science Media Centre.

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Dr Robin Carhart-Harris (UK)

BSc, Ph.D

Psychedelics Researcher

Robin Carhart-Harris moved to Imperial College London in 2008 after obtaining a PhD in Psychopharmacology from the University of Bristol and an MA in Psychoanalysis from Brunel University. At Imperial, he has run and overseen brain imaging studies involving LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and DMT, plus a clinical trial of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression, and a current study comparing psilocybin with escitalopram for major depressive disorder. In 2019, he set-up the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial and he also an honorary position with the University of Oxford. Two of his most influential works include the ‘Entropic Brain Hypothesis’ and ‘REBUS and the anarchic brain’.

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Professor David Forbes

BA(Hons), MA (Clin Psych), PhD


David Forbes is the Director of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne.

He has over twenty five years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in trauma survivors, with a speciality in military, veteran and emergency services mental health.

He led the development of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council and is Vice Chair of the International (ISTSS) PTSD Guidelines.

He has a strong track record in the conduct of research across the lifespan the provision of policy and service development advice to government and agencies responsible for the care of those occupationally exposed to trauma and the provision of training in evidence based treatments for PTSD and related disorders.

He has published over 160 scientific papers in the international literature and sits on many Commonwealth government policy and scientific advisory panels and academic journal editorial boardsPsychiatrist

Dr Wade Davis CM



Wade Davis is a writer and photographer whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. 

Wade has authored 22 books, including One RiverThe Wayfinders and Into the Silence, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2018 he became an Honorary Citizen of Colombia.

A/Prof Matthew W. Johnson (USA)

BSc, Ph.D

Associate Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research

Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins, is an expert on psychedelics, other drugs, and addiction. Working with psychedelics for >15 years, he has published >100 papers with 43 on psychedelics. Matt published psychedelic safety guidelines in 2008, helping to resurrect psychedelic research. He published the first research on psychedelic treatment of tobacco addiction in 2014, and the largest study of psilocybin in treating cancer distress in 2016. His recent psilocybin review recommended placement in Schedule-IV upon medical approval. He has personally guided >100 psychedelic sessions. Matt also conducts behavioral economic research on both addiction and sexual risk. He has published studies on nearly all psychoactive drugs classes, and is President of the Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse Division of the American Psychological Association. Matt has been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, Fox Business News, NPR, CBS News, and NBC News.

Prof Jayashri Kulkarni


Psychiatrist, Academic

Jayashri Kulkarni commenced her appointment as Professor of Psychiatry, The Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), with approximately 150 staff and students. The Centre is dedicated to discovering new treatments, new understanding and new services for people with a range of mental illnesses.

Jayashri Kulkarni completed her MBBS degree in 1981 at Monash University and worked mainly in Emergency Medicine before deciding to specialise in Psychiatry. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1989 and was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 1997 for her thesis “Women and Psychosis”. Jayashri has pioneered the novel use of estrogen as a treatment for schizophrenia and is internationally acknowledged as a leader in the field of reproductive hormones and their impact on mental health. Jayashri is the President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health, a role she commenced in 2017.

Dr Paul Liknaitzky

BSc (Hons), Ph. D

Research Psychologist

Paul Liknaitzky holds Research Fellow appointments at Deakin University and Odyssey House Victoria. Paul has an Honours in Neuroscience and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. He has worked on mechanisms of mental illness and intervention development within depression and addiction research. Paul has extensive knowledge and experience in the development of psychedelic-assisted treatments for mental ill-health, and advocates a nuanced discourse and research towards understanding what works, for whom, and why, and mitigating the potential drawbacks of psychedelic therapies. Paul is interested in feasible methods that improve the clinical outcomes and safety of this treatment approach, and developing non-pharmacological methods to sustain the change.

Graham Long AM

Pastor Emeritus

The Wayside Chapel

At the time that Wayside called him into Ministry, Graham was a postie. He’d almost perfected riding a little motor bike when Wayside called him to be their next Minister. In his first life, Graham was a social worker in South Australia, specialising in the field of child protection. Graham trained for ministry from 1979 to 1982. After a few years in church ministry, Graham became a chaplain to Parramatta Prison and he ran a church welfare agency. Academically, after ordination, Graham pursued studies in philosophy achieving degrees from Catholic Theological Union and from the Catholic Institute of Sydney. A Masters honours in philosophy was halted when a near fatal motorcycle accident changed all of life’s priorities in 2001. Graham has been married to Robyn for 49 years and together they have two children and five grandchildren. Graham is the author of three books. Graham was named NSW Local Hero in the Australia Day awards of 2014 made a Member of the Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday 2015.

Dr David E. Nichols (USA)

BSc, Ph.D

Psychedelic Chemist

David E. Nichols, PhD is an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Previously he held the Robert C. and Charlotte P. Anderson Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology and was a Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy.  He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1969, and the PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1973, following which he did postdoctoral work in pharmacology at the University of Iowa, College of Medicine.  In 2004 he was named the Irwin H. Page Lecturer by the International Society for Serotonin Research and in 2006 he received the first Provost’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor award from Purdue University.  He has published more than 300 scientific articles, most of which deal with the relationship between molecular structure and biological action.

Sean O’Carroll

BA (Hons), AdvDip GradCert AdvCert (counselling), MA

Psychotherapist, Lecturer

Sean O’Carroll is a psychotherapist in private practice in Melbourne, Australia. He has a background in philosophy, transpersonal psychology, and a number of psychotherapeutic modalities including relational gestalt therapy and creative arts therapy. He has been teaching and training psychotherapists since 2011, and is the director of Wild Mind. His MA research thesis (2014 – 2017) involved a phenomenological exploration into the experience of being alone with nature, and in 2018 he developed and delivered Australia’s first tertiary level course in eco-psychotherapy to training therapists. Sean’s work under the banner of Wild Mind employs non-ordinary states of consciousness to support health and wholeness. This work is grounded in various state-change technologies including dance/movement, nature-based practices and a variety of other psychotherapeutic processes. Sean does not facilitate psychedelic journeys for legal reasons, but works closely with members of the Melbourne medicine community in a psychotherapeutic capacity, supporting the exploration and integration of psychedelic experiences.

Dennis McKenna

Ph. D

Ethnopharmacologist, Author, Founding board member at the Heffter Research Institute

Dennis McKenna’s research has focused on the interdisciplinary study of Amazonian ethnopharmacology. He has conducted extensive ethnobotanical fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon.
His doctoral research (University of British Columbia,1984) focused on the ethnopharmacology of ayahuasca and oo-koo-he, two tryptamine-based hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. He is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, and was a key organizer and participant in the Hoasca Project, the first biomedical investigation of ayahuasca. He is the younger brother of Terence McKenna. From 2000 to 2017, he taught courses on Ethnopharmacology and Plants in Human affairs in the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. In 2019, in collaboration with colleagues, he incorporated a new non-profit, the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy. He emigrated to Canada in the spring of 2019 together with his wife Sheila, and now resides in Abbotsford, B.C.

Prof Greg Murray

Ph. D, FAPS, BA(Hons), BSc, MPsych

Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society

Professor Greg Murray, PhD is an Australian academic clinical psychologist. He is Director of Swinburne University’s Centre for Mental Health, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and patron of Bipolar Life. He has a national and international reputation for mental health research, being ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide in the fields of bipolar disorders, circadian rhythms, personality and affect.  Greg has won multiple individual awards for research and teaching, and delivered professional development workshops for hundreds of psychologists and psychiatrists across Australia and overseas.

Nigel Pollard

BSc (hons), DipM, GAICD, FIML, MIoD

Medicine Business Specialist

Nigel Pollard has a health industry background with 14 years in “big pharma” and 18 years in natural medicines. In the 90’s he worked in the HQ of a German pharmaceutical company and gave marketing guidance to the development of Humira®, now the no.1 selling medicine globally (US$20bn annually).

In 2001 Pollard established Flordis Natural Medicines to market natural health products with specific clinical evidence. Now called Soho Flordis International it is the only global Australian natural health company, with sales in 55+ countries and an unrivalled record of investing in 12 clinical trials.

Having stepped aside as global CEO in 2019, Pollard is a passionate advocate of informed choice based on the best scientific evidence. He Chairs a New York NFP, the Natural Health Science Foundation, and has a strong conviction that the best evidence options should be available to help address the mental health crisis.

Prof Janis Phelps (USA)


Psychedelic Therapist Trainer

Janis Phelps, PhD, is a full professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, CA.  A licensed clinical psychologist, she has held faculty positions there in the East-West Psychology graduate program (founded by Alan Watts) and in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She served as the Dean of Faculty at CIIS for the graduate departments in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is currently the founder and director of the CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research. As the Center’s founder, Dr. Phelps developed and launched the first academically accredited, professional certificate training program for legal psychedelic-assisted therapy and research www.ciis.edu/psychedeliccenter. Her recent publications focus on the competencies, knowledge base, and training of therapists and facilitators in psychedelic-assisted therapies. Dr. Phelps is contributing to the development of a national accreditation board for facilitators/therapists and to methods of scaling effective and efficient training programs to meet the burgeoning need for well-trained mental health and medical professionals in the field of psychedelic medicine.

Dr Thomas Pogge

Ph. D


Having received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard, Thomas Pogge is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and founding Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. Pogge is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science as well as co-founder of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an international network aiming to enhance the impact of scholars, teachers and students on global poverty, and of Incentives for Global Health, a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines for the poor worldwide.

His publications include Designing in Ethics, co-edited, Cambridge 2017; Global Tax Fairness, co-edited, Oxford 2016; Politics as Usual, Polity 2010; World Poverty and Human Rights, 2nd edition, Polity 2008; Global Justice and Global Ethics, co-edited, Paragon House 2008; John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice, Oxford 2007; and Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right, edited, Oxford & UNESCO 2007. 

Dr James Rucker

Dr James Rucker (UK)

BSc, MBBS(MD), MRCPsych, PhD

Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Clinical Lecturer

James Rucker is a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in mood disorders and psychopharmacology at the Centre for Affective Disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London (UK). James completed his medical degree at University College London (UK) in 2003 before training in psychiatry at the Maudsley, Bethlem and Springfield Hospitals in South London. He completed his PhD in the molecular biology of mood disorders at King’s College London in 2012. He currently holds a 5 year Clinician Scientist Fellowship awarded by the National Institute for Health Research to investigate psilocybin as a treatment for major depressive disorder resistant to standard treatments. He leads the Psychedelic Trials Group, which is currently delivering three gold standard clinical trials using psilocybin in healthy volunteers and patients with resistant depression.

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Prof Avni Sali AM


Founding Director of NIIM, and Member of the Scientific Board of The European Congress for Integrative Medicine. He is former Head of Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Swinburne University and the University of Melbourne Dept of Surgery, Heidelberg Hospital. Often referred to as the ‘Founding Father’ of Integrative Medicine, Prof Sali has pioneered leading research and education in the field of Integrative Medicine, as well as being a specialist in the clinical treatment of cancer and chronic disease. His integrative medicine books include: Co-authored, 2011 – ‘A guide to Evidence-Based Integrative and Complementary Medicine’ – Elsevier Australia, and 2017 ‘A Clinician’s Guide to Integrative Oncology’, Springer USA. In 2016 a book about his life was published entitled ‘Visionary Man, Visionary Medicine’. In 2016 he received an Order of Australia for “significant service to integrative medicine as an educator, clinician and researcher, and to professional education.”
Patrycja Slawuta (USA)

Dr Patrycja Slawuta (USA)

MA, Ph.D

Behavioural Scientist

Patrycja Slawuta is a New York City based behavioral scientist. She completed her Masters Degree at the University of Warsaw where here research centered around moral emotions of guilt and shame. Her academic work has been presented at various scientific conferences and published in articles and books on social psychology. After a successful academic career, Patrycja founded SelfHackathon, a boutique consultancy that uses cutting edge scientific research for business innovation. With a network of 50+ scientists and domain experts, SelfHackathon helps high performing individuals, teams and companies hack, rewire and upgrade themselves. Her latest initiative is called PsychTech, the seamless fusion of psychology and technology to enhance and accelerate performance and results. As an expert on the complexity, nonlinearity and the messiness of the human nature, Patrycja lectures globally and works with some of the most exciting and disruptive businesses in the world.

Dr Nigel Strauss

Dr Nigel Strauss



Nigel Strauss has been a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 40 years and is the Medical Director of the Millswyn Clinic in South Yarra, a private outpatient psychiatric facility. Dr Strauss is an Honorary Research Fellow within Psychiatry, University of Melbourne and a Member of Scientific Advisory Board, European Foundation for Psychedelic Science. Dr Strauss is also a Member of Scientific and Medical Advisory Board, Australian Institute for Medicinal Cannabis. He has a special interest in medico-legal psychiatry and is employed as a lecturer by AMA Victoria. He has been a Consultant to Worksafe and TAC. Dr Strauss has a special interest in psychedelic medicines and has trained in the UK to work as a psychedelic therapist and is also a MAPS accredited psychedelic therapist. He is an advocate for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research in Australia.

Dr Alex Wodak

Dr Alex Wodak AM​



Alex Wodak, a physician, is a Director of Australia 21 and is the President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. He was Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, from 1982 until he retired in 2012. Dr Wodak was the Foundation President of the International Harm Reduction Association (1996-2004) and helped to establish the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (1987), the NSW Users AIDS Association (1989), and the Australian Society of HIV Medicine (1989).

John Tiller


Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

John W.G. Tiller, MD, is Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne. He is based at Albert Road Clinic which is part of the Ramsay Health Care group.

Dr Tiller qualified in medicine and science in New Zealand, holds a Doctorate of Medicine with his thesis on anxiety disorders from The University of Melbourne, is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and is trained in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

His primary research interests have been in the assessment and treatment of depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders including PTSD and psychoses. He is a recognized expert in ECT and psychopharmacology and has more than 300 scientific publications. He has an interest in governance, especially of not for profits – helping them being more effective in post graduate education and clinical services.

Dr Alex Wodak

Dr Alex Wodak AM​



Alex Wodak, a physician, is a Director of Australia 21 and is the President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. He was Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, from 1982 until he retired in 2012. Dr Wodak was the Foundation President of the International Harm Reduction Association (1996-2004) and helped to establish the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (1987), the NSW Users AIDS Association (1989), and the Australian Society of HIV Medicine (1989).

Dr. Prash P


Masters in Psychological Medicine

Dr. Prash Puspanathan (also known as Dr. Prash P) is a medical doctor and has been a Neuropsychiatry Fellow at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne since 2013.
Prash entered the field of Psychiatry so as to further his interest in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. He has been an advocate on the importance of these medicine-assisted psychotherapies to the medical community, both in Australia and at conferences globally. He started and ran Psychonauts Onymous, Australia’s first monthly gathering of multidisciplinary professionals discussing current research into the psychedelic space.

Outside of medicine, Prash is also the CEO of Caleb & Brown, Australia’s first dedicated Cryptocurrency brokerage. He was voted Young Executive of the Year by the Australia-wide Indian Executive Council in 2018.

Dr Rosalind Watts (UK)

Psychedelic Therapist & Researcher

Dr Rosalind Watts is the clinical lead of the Imperial College London Psilocybin for Depression study. She trained as a clinical psychologist and practised psychotherapy for 6 years before joining the Imperial Psychedelic Research Centre (run by Dr Robin Carhart Harris and Professor David Nutt) as a therapist ‘trip sitter’. She has developed a psychedelic therapy model ‘Accept, Connect, Embody’, and a psychometric measure of ‘connectedness’ – which her qualitative research identified as a potential mechanism of therapeutic change in psychedelic approaches. Rosalind co-founded a monthly integration group for people who are attending psychedelic ceremonies for therapeutic purposes.

Scott Leckie

Human Rights Lawyer

Scott A. Leckie is an international Human Rights lawyer, Law Professor and Director and Founder of Displacement Solutions (www.displacementsolutions.org), an NGO dedicated to resolving cases of forced displacement throughout the world, in particular displacement caused by climate change. He also founded and directs Oneness World Foundation (www.onenessworld.org), a think tank exploring questions of world-centric political evolution and new forms of global governance. He hosts Jointly Venturing, a podcast dedicated to the question of world citizenship, and manages the One House, One Family initiative, an ongoing project in Bangladesh building homes for climate displaced families. He regularly advises a number of United Nations agencies and conceived of and was the driving force behind more than 100 international human rights legal and other normative standards, including UN resolutions – most recently the Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement Within States. He has written 22 books and over 250 major articles and reports.

Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf

Renowned mystic, author and speaker

Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf is Dean and Founder of the Spiritgrow Wellness Centre, Melbourne, Australia. A graduate of Law and Psychology, he is a best-selling author and international acclaimed lecturer drawing on positive psychology side by side with ancient spiritual wisdoms.
An unusual blend of Hassidic Rabbi, therapist and teacher, he has presented at forums such as the Fortune 500 Convention, the International Psychology Conference, and the Gawler International Wellness Conventions. He was senior lecturer in Jewish spirituality at University of Melbourne and was personally consulted by the Dalai Lama. He lists Lord Rabbi Dr. Sir Jonathan Sacks as a good friend and colleague. His mentor was the revered Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (the Lubavitcher Rebbe obm).
Author of the best-selling, Practical Kabbalah (Random House), he has lectured in over 500 cities across the globe over 30 years on meditation, mindfulness and personal growth. The son of Polish holocaust survivors, he received his rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Israel.

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