SoundMind BIPOC Psychedelic Leadership Program

Program Facilitators:


Our innovative BIPOC Leadership Program was launched in March 2023.

We have selected a core group of BIPOC fellows and leaders with the mission to conceptualize decolonizing psychedelics from the inside out, network, and teach core leadership skills. Our goal is to have many more cohorts in the future to grow and cultivate this safe space.

  • 10 month leadership program
  • BIPOC Affinity Space
  • Free for all participants
  • 15 outstanding BIPOC Fellows chosen for each cohort
  • Attend monthly meetings and guest speakers
  • Supports and platforms exceptional BIPOC leaders in the psychedelic space
  • Develop a growing network of mentorship and community
  • Learn core leadership skills to increase BIPOC representation in the space

Jonathan (Quest) Brown

Jonathan “Quest” Brown is a conscious alchemist, plant medicine practitioner, and integration coach and is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Following the passing of his mother in 2018, he turned to yoga and psychedelics for healing, becoming a certified yoga teacher and reiki master. Today, Quest acts as a conduit, combining shamanic practices and indigenous technologies with modern tools to share his unique blend of creativity and wellness. He helps others remember that they hold the power to their own healing.

Joseph McCowan, PsyD

Joseph McCowan, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, currently working in Los Angeles as a co-therapist in the MAPS sponsored phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD. He is an alumni of MAPS August 2019 MDMA Therapy Training for Communities of Color. Joseph is deeply passionate about furthering education and awareness of the healing benefits of psychedelics for communities of color and in working to improve mental health outcomes for historically underserved communities.

Johanna Verley

Johanna is a Certified Sound Healing Practitioner, Yoga Nidra Practitioner, Breathwork Facilitator, and Reiki Master. She is first generation Jamaican-American and grew up in Harlem, New York. She uses various healing modalities to create a container for the individual to explore their self-discovery, to encourage their optimal well-being and to empower them with the tools to strengthen their own innate ability to heal. She is excited to help lead the SoundMind BIPOC Psychedelic Leadership Program and has a passion to support other BIPOC individuals through their psychedelic healing journeys. She has a particular interest in using psychedelics to heal from race-based trauma and gun violence, and believes the peer support model is the way to create more cultural sensitivity and support.

Favianna Rodriguez, PhD

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. She is the founder and president of The Center for Cultural Power, a national arts organization that empowers artists to disrupt the status quo and envision a truly just world rooted in justice. She has received the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity and the SOROS Racial Equity Fellowship. She is interested in expanding her learning around indigenous practices and earth-based tools to help hold space for BIPOC social justice leaders to heal from racial trauma. She is also working on a short film about her own healing journey with psychedelics and plant-based food.

Dr. Kwasi Adusei

Dr. Kwasi Adusei is a service-oriented, curious Ghanaian native passionate about the intersections of community, wellbeing, and technology. He is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, co-founder of the Psychedelic Society of Western New York, and led the development of a grassroots psychedelic harm reduction organization called the Sanctuary Project. As an educator and community organizer, he is informed by his experience with the war on drugs and community mental health, both as a patient and a clinician. He serves on the boards of Reconsider, the Source Research Foundation, the Psychedelic Medicine Association, and the Psychedelic Research And Training Institute, and is part of the Diversity Working Group for MAPS and an adjunct at the California Institute of Integral Studies.