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Open Psychedelic

Evaluation Nexus


Jason Luoma, Ph.D.

Dr. Luoma is the CEO and co-founder of Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center, a unique social enterprise where profits fund scientific research and low fee services for the community. He is also affiliate faculty at the Oregon Health Sciences University and Associate Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute. He has conducted research on shame, self-criticism, stigma, compassion, and the interpersonal functions of emotion, and interventions related to these topics including previous clinical trials. More recently he has begun studying psychedelics, publishing 8 papers on the topic thus far, and plans to run one of the first randomized-controlled trials of psychedelics in the Pacific Northwest. He has been a co-investigator, consultant, therapist, and trainer on grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, has submitted several NIH grants, and is currently receiving grant funding as part of trial hosted by Boston University Medical Center. He is internationally known as a trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, having provided hundreds of workshops at national and international venues. He is past chair of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) training committee and a past President of the ACBS. As part of addressing the barriers to practice-based research, he helped co-found a nonprofit which hosts a federally funded IRB, called the Behavioral Health Research Collective. He also hosts a podcast called The Research Matters Podcast, where he interviews leading researchers to understand how they are so effective at what they do. He publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored two books: Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Values in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life.

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