Our Team

Jessica Nielson, PhD - Founder


Jessica is a neurobiologist, data scientist, and psychedelic researcher, and an advocate for drug policy, social justice and cognitive liberty. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, jointly appointed in the department of Psychiatry and the Institute for Health Informatics. Her lab focuses on researching the neurobiology of trauma, combining novel machine learning methods with existing data repositories to identify more precise “bio-types” of trauma-related disorders and their appropriate treatments. Her lab also focuses on researching the effectiveness of various psychedelic therapies, including ayahuasca and psilocybin, to treat trauma-related disorders. She relocated from San Francisco to Minneapolis in 2017, and founded the Psychedelic Society of Minneapolis in February of 2018.

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Christopher Gunlock, Web Design, Blogger

Christopher is a student of integrative medicine at The George Washington University. Previously working as a math tutor and hobbying as a music producer, he joined the Psychedelic Society of Minneapolis in hopes of engaging social change and education for psychedelics. As a long time advocate for responsible psychedelic use, he plans to incorporate the old and new knowledge of their benefits into a career in health coaching/consulting.

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…And the dozens of active organizers and members that contribute to this beautiful community.