Alan Kooi Davis is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University.
Alan K. Davis’ clinical experience includes working with people diagnosed with trauma-based psychological problems such as addiction, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. His clinical expertise includes providing evidenced-based treatments such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy.
Consistent with his clinical interests, his research interests, and expertise focus on contributing to the knowledge of and ability to help those suffering with substance use and mental health problems, understanding how to improve clinical outcomes through examining new treatments, and developing ways to conceptualize substance use and mental health problems through a strengths-based approach.
His psychedelic research focuses on clinical trials with psilocybin for people with depression, exploring psychological mechanisms by which psilocybin improves mental health and functioning, and examining the therapeutic potential of psychedelics among people of color, Spanish-speaking people, and LGBTQ+ populations.
He is also the founder of Source Research Foundation, a non-profit that aims to support researchers in psychedelics science.
Notable Research Papers
- Effects of Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy on Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial (Davis et al., 2020)
- Psychological flexibility mediates the relations between acute psychedelic effects and subjective decreases in depression and anxiety (Davis, Barrett & Griffiths, 2020)
- A Meta-Analysis of Placebo-Controlled Trials of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (Davis et al., 2020)
In our database you will also find him as an author on more papers.
- Psilocybin for Depression Talk at OSU 11.6.2020: Alan K Davis PhD (YouTube, November 2020)