Dr. Erica Baiden on the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion in psychedelic medicine



In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison are joined by Dr. Erica Baiden, MD. Erica is a family medicine physician who is passionate about providing evidence-based care using an integrative, patient-centered approach. They explore issues related to diversity, equity, representation, and inclusion in mental healthcare broadly and in psychedelic medicine specifically. They discuss the following topics:

(2:36) Erica introduces herself
(4:32) Serving underserved populations and the need for diverse representation among medical/mental healthcare professionals
(5:30) How Erica developed her passion for safe, compassionate, humane, and destigmatizing healthcare
(10:25) How do we decide what to pathologize and being sensitive to neurodiversity
(13:13) Educating clinicians in cultural competence
(15:34) Generational differences in cultural sensitivity and mental health stigma
(18:16) Erica's medical practice philosophy
(19:39) Your Symphony of Selves, by James Fadiman
(20:49) BIPOC history of medicinal, spiritual, and ceremonial use of psychedelics
(24:00) Should we change the name "psychedelic" to something that better represents what these substances do?
(25:25) Dr. Carl Hart and the war on drugs
(26:37) The importance of representation among psychedelic therapy facilitators
(30:17) Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, by Angel Kyodo Williams
(33:06) The People of Color Psychedelic Collective (POCPC)
(33:09) Psychedelic Liberation Collective
(33:25) Maria Sabina
(34:18) Fireside Project
(34:23) The Ancestor Project
(34:26) Women on Psychedelics
(37:00) The potential professional risks of working in the psychedelic medicine space
(39:01) Claudio Naranjo
(42:50) Diversity and representation in clinical trials

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