Executive Director and Head of Clinical Development & Regulatory Affairs
Julie is dedicated to pioneering novel, multi-disciplinary approaches to disease management through the intersection of public policy, personalized medicine, engineering, data science, and biology. Julie holds a M.A in Behavioral Research Methodology, a B.A. in Psychology, and a certificate in Data Science.
At MPBC, Zac is currently serving as a Clinical Study Assistant, focusing on file management, system administration, regulatory document creation, and general organizational work. Zac oversees the electronic trial master file system and assists the Clinical Research Associates with their work. He is passionate about helping make MDMA and other psychedelics a viable option to treat mental illness. In Zac’s free time, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and playing ultimate frisbee and disc golf.
Connor Harada earned a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science in 2017 from the University of California Santa Cruz. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Connor worked in an artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction lab where he assisted researching emotion and stress monitoring. He has also worked at MPBC as the Clinical Study Assistant and Clinical Intern in the past.
At MPBC, Connor is currently serving as a Regulatory Data Specialist, focusing on regulatory affairs and data sciences. He is involved in regulatory writing, submission processes, and data analysis and quality assurance. In Connor’s free time, he enjoys caring for his Australian Shepherd, Troy, and is interested in sound wave and music production.
Charlotte Harrison is an experienced clinical research professional who is thrilled to be contributing to psychedelic research at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation. Prior to joining MPBC, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Greek and Latin in 2012 from Tufts University while pursuing pre-medical studies. After an exciting internship working on oncology trials at Clinical Assistance Programs (CAP), she decided her skills were better suited to clinical research. She monitored and managed clinical trials in supportive cancer care, nephrology, dermatology, and cardiology at CAP, MedTrials, and Harvard Clinical Research Institute.
At MPBC, Charlotte is currently serving as a Senior Clinical Research Associate, supporting the management of MDMA and marijuana studies. She supports, trains, and monitors multiple sites, ensuring quality research and compliance. She is hopeful that her passion for improving the quality of life for those suffering with mental illness and determination to make scientific research more efficient will be beneficial to MAPS’ important and necessary work. In her free time, Charlotte can be found doing yoga, snuggling her cats, or playing board games late into the night.
Libby is a committed research professional with a background in Adult and Pediatric Oncology. Prior to beginning her career, she studied Psychological Science and Religious Studies at Albion College, where she received a rich and rigorous education in research design and ancient Jewish scripture. Prior positions included work on studies at Karmanos Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital Oakland, and Genentech. After working as the Study Coordinator for a MAPS study, she joined the MAPS staff as a Clinical Research Associate. Libby is passionate about research ethics and innovations in mental health treatment, and is delighted to be a part of this dynamic team working to improve both of those things. In her free time, she can be found sewing her own clothes and quilts, knitting more hats than anyone needs, cooking, hiking, and traveling.
Research and Information Specialist
Clinical Research Associate
Joselyn is committed to helping find long-term permanent solutions for debilitating mental health disorders and is excited to be a part of this transformative movement that MAPS/MPBC has created with psychedelic research.
In Joselyn’s free time, she enjoys cooking, dancing, reading, and power walks.
At MPBC, Pierre is currently serving as a Clinical Intern focusing on general administrative duties necessary to execute clinical research trials that include document tracking and filing, file migration, document development, and IT support duties. Pierre is passionate about the brain and its workings and is thrilled to be part of the MPBC team. During his free time, Pierre enjoys nature walks and spending time outdoors.
At MPBC, John is currently serving as a Video and Informatics Systems Associate, focusing on developing software applications and platforms for recording, processing, and delivering video of sponsored MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions. He has played a role in maintaining the security and confidentiality of these sensitive data whilst providing access to authorized personnel in the MDMA Therapy Training Program. John is passionate about applying his knowledge in data sciences, technology, and engineering to clinical contexts with the hope of creating a general purpose platform to facilitate diagnostics and the administration of personalized medicines. In his free time, John can be found brewing beer or mead, playing guitar, or out enjoying the natural beauty of this world.
Clinical Data Manager
Medical Monitor and Clinical Investigator
Annie is a Registered Nurse living in Charleston, SC, where she divides her time between clinical research and outpatient clinical practice specializing in treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with an emphasis on experiential methods of psychotherapy. She is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner and is trained in Hakomi Therapy. Recently she and her husband, Michael Mithoefer, M.D., completed a MAPS-sponsored Phase II clinical trial testing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. A paper about their study was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. They are currently conducting a second trial with veterans who have PTSD resulting from service in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as psychotherapy training programs for MAPS researchers.
Associate Director, Training and Supervision
MDMA Therapy Training Program Assistant
Sarah earned her M.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies in their East-West Psychology program, focusing on psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration approaches. At MPBC Sarah assists in administration and program coordination for the MDMA Therapy Training Program, which educates health professionals and researchers to provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD in approved settings. In addition to her role at MPBC, Sarah is dedicated to continuing her own education in somatic psychotherapy, trauma resolution, and working with expanded states of consciousness. She is trained in the Hakomi method and Somatic Experiencing and enjoys weaving ecotherapy into her counseling practice. She also brings a background in program coordination, developing ecopsychology trainings with Holos Institute and collaborating with Commonweal Institute to bring community-based healing circles to hospital settings.
Sarah is grateful to be immersed in permaculture and land-based healing at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, where her study and love of ecological systems and wild animal behavior continue to nourish her spirit and inform her belief in human resilience. She is passionate about the role of trauma awareness and the skillful use of psychedelic medicines in helping to heal people, communities, and environments. She is thrilled to join the MPBC team to support this movement.
Training Systems Support Specialist
Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2005 from the University of Bristol, a master’s degree in mathematics in 2011 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctorate in mathematics in 2013 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC), Chris worked as an Assistant Professor, teaching mathematics and investigating the connections between arithmetic and geometry.
At MPBC, Chris is currently serving as Training Systems Support Specialist, focusing on the IT component of MPBC’s therapy training and supervision programs. He is passionate about computing and software development, and is excited to draw from his academic background to aid in the development of online training resources for MPBC. Chris hopes the work and research conducted by MPBC will help transform the lives of those suffering from PTSD.