MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy Q+A with researchers Ingmar Gorman and Oriana Mayoga, moderated by Drug Policy Alliance representative Stefanie Jones

Ingmar Gorman

Ingmar Gorman, M.A. will be presenting a talk Psychotherapy Research in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This talk seeks to address questions concerning the role of the therapist in drug-assisted psychotherapy. What is our understanding of the psychotherapeutic mechanism of action? And how do we train new therapists to facilitate this therapeutic process?

Ingmar Gorman, MA, is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research. His research interests focus on psychotherapeutic mechanisms of action in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Ingmar also supervises psychotherapy adherence for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Over his career, Ingmar has worked at the Prague Psychiatric Center, the Sloan-Kettering Institute, and he is currently an extern at Bellevue Hospital. He has been invited to speak about his research at conferences worldwide such as the World Psychedelic Forum, Psychedelic Science, and the Drug Policy Reform Conference.

Oriana Mayorga

Oriana Mayorga will discuss the latest achievements and obstacles faced by the nightlife community. Her presentation will include the future directions of the Drug Policy Alliance’s Nightlife Community Engagement program. And how the community more broadly can address challenges through collaboration with organizations such as DanceSafe. 
Oriana Mayorga is an advocate for drug policy reform and supporter of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. She has presented research on The Perceptions of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy in the College Student Population at the
Association for Psychological Science Conference. She has worked with the Drug Policy Alliance and DanceSafe. Oriana seeks to become an above ground psychedelic psychotherapist, as well as continue to participate in harm reduction and drug policy initiatives.

Stefanie Jones

Stefanie Jones is nightlife community engagement manager at the Drug Policy Alliance, based in New York. In this role she introduces harm reduction principles and drug policy alternatives to partygoers, public health officials and city nightlife regulators across the U.S.  In her prior role within the organization as event manager she produced four progressively larger editions of the biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference, as well as numerous local policy conferences, fundraisers and coalition-building meetings.