Center for the Science of Psychedelics

Combining scientific research, training, and public education, the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics (BCSP) is a new interdisciplinary initiative to explore the psychological and biological effects of psychedelic compounds as well as their spiritual and cultural roles.


  1. Investigates short- and long-term effects of psychedelics on human cognition, perception, and emotion;
  2. Assists in the training of practitioners to support the use of these medicines in culturally appropriate, spiritually significant, and medically safe ways; and
  3. Offers authoritative, evidence-based, and culturally inclusive journalism about the field through a public education initiative housed at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

We are committed to the principle of open science in our work with psychedelics.

Michael Silver
Staff contact
Patty Debenham