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

by Numinus

Feb 22, 2022

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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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