Dr Paul Liknaitzky
Paul Liknaitzky is a Research Fellow at Deakin University in addiction science. He has a PhD in Psychology and an Honours in Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne. He has extensive experience working in depression and cognitive flexibility research. His research interests include investigating psychotherapeutic mechanisms of certain non-ordinary states of consciousness – including those occasioned by psychedelics – to inform novel approaches to mental ill-health and the ‘betterment of well people’.
Patrycja Slawuta (USA)
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
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. 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. He is an advocate for psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research in Australia.
Dr Alex Wodak
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).