About

APPA is a community, and we are incredibly grateful for and proud of all of the time, talent, and dedication of the many hands, hearts, and minds that have made us what we are.

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NiCole T. Buchanan, PhD

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Cochair and Member of the Board of Directors

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Karen Dunn

(she/her)

Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors

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Jordan Sloshower, MD, MSc

(he/him)

Member of the Board of Directors

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Solana Booth, BASc, Traditional Medicine Practitioner

(she/her)

Cochair and Member of the Board of Directors

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Patricia James, Medicine Woman

(she/her)

Member of the Board of Directors

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Alex Cardenas, MD, MA

(he/him)

Co-Executive Director and Member of the Board of Directors

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Hadas Alterman, JD

(she/her)

Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors

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Darron Smith, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA

(he/him)

Member of the Board of Directors

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Emma Knighton, MA, LMHC

(she/they)

Co-Executive Director and Member of the Board of Directors

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Why do we exist?

The American Psychedelic Practitioners Association was born out of the need to establish, legitimize, and self-govern the reemerging field of psychedelics. In addition to creating a national home for the diverse community of psychedelic practitioners, a professional association is necessary to advocate for the adoption of psychedelic treatments into the healthcare system and to ensure access for all who could benefit. 

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How did we get here?

The Medicine Midwives came together in 2020 with this vision in mind, and with the recognition that such a representative body requires open and broad participation from its inception. Through a series of national summits, they set out to bring together a group more broadly representative of a mosaic of identities, expertise, and practices. 

The Medicine Midwives included: Bob Jesse, Jeffrey Guss, Sylver Quevedo, Veronika Gold, Lia Mix, Robert Krause, Jeremy Dalnes, Madrone Love, and Alex Cardenas.


Out of this effort, a steering committee was formed with the task of designing an election for the founding board and creating an interim board focused on building APPA’s organizational capacity and starting relevant working groups.

A national search and a series of national summits generated nominations and an election was held in December 2021. This included an evidenced-based intervention meant to reduce bias among electors. 


The Steering Committee and Interim Board included: Solana Booth (Interim Board), Monnica Williams (Interim Board), Emma Knighton (Interim Board), Alex Cardenas (Interim Board), Sonya Faber, Dan Gross, Hannah McLane, James Lawer, Rob Colbert, and Courtney Watson (former member).
 

APPA was brought into this world on January 28th, 2022 when our founding board first convened, beautifully facilitated by Hanifa Nayo Washington. And the rest is psychedelic history.

WE APPRECIATE YOU!

Hanifa Nayo Washington

Candace Ogelsby

Victor Cabral

Jenn Nguyen-So

Clare McBee

Aaron Orsini

Terence Ching

Jae Sevellius

Tim Michaels

Rajan Grewal

Megan Frost

Alix Andreaco

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Brenna Gebauer

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Kylea Taylor

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Eilish Nagle

Keeno Ahmed-Jones

Rebecca Martinez

Ivy Alvarez

Jennifer Tippett

TaLisa Ramos-Watts

Myriah MacIntyre

Dawn Davis

Marcy Shaarda

Katja Ehrmann

Zach Skiles

Amy Coleman

Meaghan Ross

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Joseph Holcomb Adams

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Bill Brennan

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Florie St. Aime

Rick Barnett

Keith McCoy

Ross Sullivan

Dana Tsyconyea StarByrd

Micah Haskell-Hoehl

Jojo Maislin

Jen Phelps

Janis Phelps

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Diana Quinn

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TaLisa Ramos Watts

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Myriah MacIntyre

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Jennifer Tippett

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Jay Louie