Katherine MacLean is an academically trained research scientist and meditation practitioner with a long-standing interest in the brain, consciousness and the science of well-being. As a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, Katherine was supported by a prestigious National Science Foundation research fellowship to study the effects of intensive meditation training on concentration, emotional well-being and brain function.
As a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she was one of the only scientists in the world studying psilocybin — a psychedelic chemical found naturally in certain types of mushrooms. Her groundbreaking research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines may be the key to enhancing mental health and promoting openness and creativity throughout the lifespan.
Psymposia Magic Mushrooms & The Final Meltdown: The Psychedelic Art Of Dying
Psychedelic Science 2013 What Can Buddhist Meditation Teach Us About Psychedelic Science?
Horizon's 2014 Psilocybin & Personality Change
‘Magic Mushrooms’ Trigger Lasting Personality ChangeMystical Experiences Occasioned by the Hallucinogen Psilocybin Lead to Increases in the Personality Domain of Openness
Factor Analysis of the Mystical Experience Questionnaire: A Study of Experiences Occasioned by the Hallucinogen Psilocybin.
Dose-related effects of salvinorin A in humans: dissociative, hallucinogenic, and memory effects.