Staff

Hannah McLane MD, MA, MPH

Hannah McLane MD, MA, MPH

Dr. Hannah McLane is a physician, psychoanalyst, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder of SoundMind, a Philadelphia and Oregon-based psychedelic facilitator training and research initiative aimed at bringing ethics, equity, and innovation to the psychedelic ecosystem. Dr. McLane identifies as queer, white, able-bodied, and neurodiverse. She grew up in rural New Hampshire and spent several years in South America and East Asia.

Dr. McLane conducts research on cognitive diversity, psychedelic science, ethics, PTSD, and emerging alternative therapies for mental health issues. She is the clinical director of the SoundMind Center, the first psychedelic therapy center in the Philadelphia region, and training director for retreat offerings in Philadelphia, Oregon, and Costa Rica.

She attended McGill University and holds graduate degrees from Temple University (MA, Communication Sciences, Spanish Language), Brown University (MD, Doctor of Medicine, Contemplative Studies Concentration), and Harvard School of Public Health (MPH, Global health and Bioethics). She attended residencies in neurology and Occupational and Environmental medicine (University of Pennsylvania) and completed a fellowship in Patient Safety at the VA Hospital in Philadelphia. She also completed a 5-year psychoanalytic training program and considers herself a relational psychoanalyst.

Courtney Hutchison, LSW, MPH

Courtney Hutchison, LSW, MPH

Courtney is a licensed social worker and psychotherapist, and PhD candidate in Social Work. Courtney has been with SoundMind since 2019 and works across the organization’s key areas of work—managing clinical care, facilitator training, and research. She also co-leads ketamine-assisted psychotherapy training retreats at SoundMind’s West Philadelphia center. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Service from Bryn Mawr College, a Master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University. She completed her clinical training at University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling and Psychological Services. She specializes in the treatment and research of trauma-related disorders and relationship violence. Earlier in her career, she was a medical journalist and a racial equity policy advocate. A deep appreciation of the systemic forces that shape opportunities for health continue to drive her clinical and research endeavors today.

Belinda Eriacho

Belinda Eriacho

Belinda is a healer and leader from the Dine’ (Navajo) and Zuni lineage. She is certified in Integrated Energy Therapy and has advanced degrees in Health Sciences, Public & Occupational Health, and Technology. Through her personal practice and her leadership as a public speaker, Belinda supports the healing of Native Peoples and is helping to guide the Psychedelic Renaissance towards a more holistic perspective.

Maya Fern

Maya Fern

Maya Fern is a queer, trans woman and board-certified hypnotherapist living in Eugene, Oregon. Throughout her life, psychedelics have played a profound role in deepening her understanding of her own identity, inspiring her to empower others in discovering how greatly the subconscious mind shapes our inner and outer worlds. She has a passion for understanding and working with marginalized communities in the psychedelic space and is dedicated to supporting their unique journey in a purposeful, intentional way. Maya is devoted to cultivating a safe and nurturing atmosphere for exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness while fostering acceptance, awareness, and compassion for those seeking to tap into their innate wisdom and connect with their most authentic selves.

Oriana Filiaci, MA

Oriana Filiaci, MA

Oriana is a cultural practitioner and student of integrative medicine. She works in communications for the SoundMind Psychedelic Facilitator Training Program and develops SoundMind Project’s nonprofit initiatives.

Oriana has worked for over a decade as a performing artist and ethnomusicologist in Hawaiʻi and Asia. Her publications examine mystical practice, musicianship, dance, and gender in Southeast Asian indigenous traditions. She has expanded her career into integrative medicine by studying conventional allopathy for an MD and traditional herbal medicine. She is trained in psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Richard Watson

Richard Watson

Entrepreneur and laboratory professional with 20 years experience. Born in Saint Catharine, Jamaica, Richard immigrated with his family to West Philadelphia, PA in 1986, where his curiosity for science and business blossomed. He attended Masterman High school and then Temple University, where he graduated with a degree in Biology.

As an entrepreneur, He co-founded an at-home genetic testing company for HIV disease progression and Alzheimer's disease risk.

As a laboratory professional at Upenn and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, he managed laboratories conducting research in coronavirus, cell therapy, and gene therapy in pre-clinical and clinical trial settings.

Advisors

Daniel Wikler, PhD

Daniel Wikler, PhD

Professor Dan Wikler is the Director of the Harvard Program in Ethics and Health (PEH). His current research interests are ethical issues in population and international health, including the allocation of health resources. Prior to his time at Harvard, he served as the first Staff Ethicist for the World Health Organization. He also served on the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine in Washington, D.C., as Staff Philosopher for Biomedical and Behavioral Research. He has a particular interest in using simplified dilemmas to highlight the ethical issues involved in global health decision-making.

Rick Doblin, PhD

Rick Doblin, PhD

Rick is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary's Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife, dog, and empty rooms from three children, one of whom is in college and two have graduated.

Yakub Grant

Yakub Grant

Yakub is one of the original founders of the SoundMind Project, and functions as Director of Operations in Jamaica. He began his studies in design in England and spent almost a decade as a professor of Digital Media Editing at University of the West Indies and Edna Manley College (Kingston, Jamaica). He is firmly rooted in musical creation with a conscious message.