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A Gathering of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Twin Spirit, Queer, & Questioning People & Allies
Hosted by Alexander Belser, Ph.D. Candidate, M.Phil., and Clancy Cavnar, Psy. D.
Friday, April 21, 2017 • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM • Oakland Room

Bring your own dinner

LGBTQ+ people and allies are welcome. This is an opportunity to meet with other LGBTQ attendees at the Psychedelic Science Conference. This is an informal get together, and a place of welcome. We will invite everyone to meet in a circle and introduce themselves, speak about what brought them to the conference, and reflect on their experiences as LGBTQ people in relation to their psychedelic interests or work. We can discuss social and political issues that came up, and then talk and have a lovely time together. Please feel free to contact Alex Belser (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Clancy Cavnar with questions.


alexander belser

Alexander Belser, Ph.D. Candidate, M.Phil., is a Fellow and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University (NYU). He co-founded the psychedelic research team at NYU in 2006. Alex is the lead investigator of a qualitative study at NYU exploring how patients with cancer experience psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy. Alex serves as a scientific collaborator for the NYU Psilocybin Alcohol Dependence Qualitative Study, a study investigating psilocybin treatment for alcohol addiction. He is also helping to conduct a qualitative study of religious leaders who are administered psilocybin. Alex graduated from Georgetown University, and pursued graduate studies at Cambridge University, NYU, and Columbia University. He is a member of the Research Advisory Board of Compass Pathways, a medical research foundation that supports innovation in mental health through translational research. Alex currently works at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


clancy cavnar

Clancy Cavnar, Psy.D., has a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from John F. Kennedy University. She currently works at a dual-diagnosis residential drug treatment center in San Francisco and is a research associate of the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP). She combines an eclectic array of interests and activities as clinical psychologist, artist, and researcher. She has a master of fine arts in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and a master’s in counseling from San Francisco State University. She is author and co-author of articles in several peer-reviewed journals and co-editor, with Beatriz Caiuby Labate, of six books, among them, Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2014). For more information see:

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