About Us

Rick Strassman MD

Newberry_101023_2229Dr. Rick Strassman took his internship and general psychiatry residency at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento, and received the Sandoz Award for outstanding graduating resident in 1981. At UNM, Dr. Strassman performed clinical research investigating the function of the pineal hormone melatonin in which his research group documented the first known role of melatonin in humans. He also began the first new US government approved and funded clinical research with psychedelic drugs in over twenty years. Before leaving the University in 1995, he attained the rank of tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and received the UNM General Clinical Research Center’s Research Scientist Award.


Steve Barker PhD

Vice President

SteveDr. Steven A. Barker, recipient of the Everett D. Besch Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine, researchs the Analytical Toxicology and the Neurochemistry of Hallucinogens at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Research into the absorption, distribution, metabolism and clearance of hallucinogens, their mechanisms of action and their role as naturally occurring neurohormones. Studies are directed at characterization of neural pathways affected by hallucinogens and their related roles in the regulation of perception/cognition in health and disease.



Andrew Stone


andrew2Andrew Stone has been actively researching mystical states and consciousness for over 38 years. He is founder and chief computer scientist at Stone Design, a software firm that develops innovative software such as Videator that can emulate and stimulate altered states of consciousness.