- Larry Norris, PhD candidateExecutive Director & Co-FounderBerkeley, CALarry Norris, PhD candidateExecutive Director & Co-Founder
Larry Norris, MA, PhD Candidate is the co-founder and executive director of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education) 501(c)(3), a group dedicated to the development of entheogenic research and integration models. Beginning his studies in cognitive science as an undergrad at the University of Michigan, he is now a PhD student in the East-West Psychology department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. His dissertation will review archived ayahuasca experiences to identify transformational archetypes that induce insights hidden within the experiences. As adjunct faculty at CIIS, Larry taught a graduate course called Entheogenic Education: Contemporary Perspectives on Ancient Plant Wisdom in order to discuss the concept of entheogens as educational teachers and cognitive tools. He is currently an adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University teaching a class titled Paradigms of Consciousness. A dedicated activist and proponent of cognitive liberty, Larry’s efforts are a contribution to not only change the Western legal status of these powerful plants, fungus, and compounds, but also to emphasize the potential sacred nature of entheogens given the right set and setting.
- Adrian Auler, PhD candidateAssociate Director & TreasurerSan Francisco, CAAdrian Auler, PhD candidateAssociate Director & Treasurer
I’m a Ph.D. candidate in transpersonal psychology. This is more than a profession to me; it is a spiritual path, a way of being in the world. The aspect of psychology in which I’m most interested is consciousness studies. Two subsets of that focus that are central to my dissertation are entheogens (psychedelics) and addiction. Integration is important too because it is necessary in order to benefit fully from transpersonal experiences. I strongly feel that integral philosophy is the core principle defining the new paradigm. I pay attention to the philosophical implications of my psychological stance so it reflects what I have learned about the cosmos and our position in it. My focus on addiction and its treatment with entheogens is a portal through which I support the revolution of paradigm that is already underway.
Board of Directors
- Julie Megler MSN, NP-BCSecretary of the BoardSan Francisco & East Bay, CAJulie Megler MSN, NP-BCSecretary of the Board*Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner * Trained in Somatic Experiencing * Shipibo/Vegetalista Dieta Experience*
Julie Megler, N.P., is a board certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, Florida and post master’s certificate in psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco. Julie maintains licenses in family medicine and psychiatry in an effort to close the gap between medical and psychiatric care, incorporating the mind/body connection for most effective treatment. She currently is in private practice in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Her practice focuses on integrative mental health services for emotional and physical well being, as well as integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. In addition to her clinical work, Julie is on the board of directors of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education). She has presented on the topics of psychedelic risk reduction, integration, and therapeutic applications of ayahuasca at the Psychedelic Science Conference 2013 & 2017, The Women’s Visionary Congress, Detroit’s First Entheogenic Conference, and the Visionary Convergence 2015. She has also co-authored chapters in the books Manifesting Minds and The Therapeutic Uses of Ayahuasca. As an experienced clinician, and activist for the psychedelic movement, Julie is dedicated to educating the community about safety and the therapeutic benefits of entheogens. Her particular emphasis on integration assists individuals to develop practices that bring insights from entheogenic work to daily life. You can learn more about Julie’s work at erievision.org & mindfulnp.
- Emily McKee, MABoard ChairSan Francisco, CAEmily McKee, MABoard Chair
Doula, Counselor, Lactation Educator, CPR Instructor, Guided Imagery Practitioner
Passionate about the phenomena of healing, sexuality and intimacy, and non-licensed and alternative modalities, Emily works independently as an integrative health practitioner and intimacy coach. She also works as Program Coordinator for the new PhD Program in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Certified in peace and conflict resolution, suicide intervention, wellness management, and trained as a sexual educator and birth doula, she is continuously inspired working with people at all stages in life. Emily is deeply honored to be a founding board member of ERIE. She is excited to work with others to collaboratively build stronger resources to support people with the integration process and help to gather research in this dynamic field.
- Rebecca Shephard CD (DONA)Board MemberBerkeley, CARebecca Shephard CD (DONA)Board Member
Rebecca has been a birth doula for nearly a decade. She served on the Board of Directors at PALS Doulas in Seattle, WA, the first doula certifying organization in the nation. She currently attends the Integral Counseling Psychology master’s program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she plans to earn additional certification in Psychedelic Therapies and Research.
- Kris Peterson, MABoard MemberSausalito, CAKris Peterson, MABoard Member
Kris Peterson holds a B.A. in Social Welfare with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in psychedelic-assisted therapy and research. Kris works in community mental health as a clinical social worker serving individuals living with addiction and is also a staff member of Women’s Visionary Congress. A long time activist and proponent of the radical mental health movement, Kris is passionate about re-visioning the current paradigm for healing people who live with psychological dis-ease, and helping to make entheogenic medicines a legal option for treatment. She is an advocate for harm reduction initiatives, drug policy reform, and cognitive liberty.
- Howard Whitehouse, PhDBoard MemberSan Francisco, CAHoward Whitehouse, PhDBoard Member
I received a PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in 2005. My dissertation research entitled, The Challenges of the Return from a Shamanic Odyssey: A Heuristic Exploration, involved a ten-year apprenticeship with Pablo Sanchez MSW, a Native American curandero, who’s approach derives from the lineage of Maria Sabina. I am Co-founder of the Human Science Research Institute at UWG. I’ve worked as a Research Associate at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF, MacArthur Foundation Research Program on Conscious & Unconscious Mental Processes; Staff Counselor, Rhythm Society, Council on Spiritual Practices; Extended Faculty at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS); Recipient of a Circle of Bridge-Makers Award in 2004; Member, Board of Directors, Entheogen Research Integration & Education (E.R.I.E.); Peer-Counselor, M.A.P.S. 2017 Psychedelic Science Conference Workshop, Integrating Psychedelic Experiences. Recent Presentations: Psychedelic Society, ERIE & Spiritual Emergence Group at CIIS. Current research interests include: shamanism, sacred initiation process for post-modern culture, Integral Psychology of Sri Aurobindo, Jung’s Teleological Finalism, & The Process Lucid Awakening.
- Veronica HernandezBoard MemberVeronica HernandezBoard Member
Veronica Hernandez, is a clinical psychologist and shamanic practitioner from Peru. Since 2006 she has been trained on shamanic facilitation. She received her clinical training at the Institute of Rational-Emotive Therapy, New York, under the supervision of Dr. Albert Ellis. She was assistant professor at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and research assistant at the Hospital Psiquiátrico Noguchi de Lima (Peru). In the United States, she worked as a Social Services Clinician at John Muir Health Hospital’s Inpatient Psychiatric Adolescent Unit, California. Currently she is completing her doctoral degree at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco, where she is carrying out research on the healing and transformative benefits of entheogens, especially Ayahuasca.