ASHLEIGH MURPHY-BEINER

Ashleigh has been conducting psychopharmacological research with ayahuasca as part of her MSc Psychology degree at the University of East London and is also a member of the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London.

Her dissertation is focussed on investigating psychological mechanisms of change that may be implicated in ayahuasca's psychotherapeutic effects for depression, anxiety and addictions. Her research has found that ayahuasca increases mindfulness and flexible thinking in both psychedelic naïve and experienced ayahuasca drinkers.

Ashleigh is also trained as a mindfulness meditation teacher and has assisted in ceremonies in Peru, leading mindfulness sessions developed to support preparation and integration. Alongside her studies she has also completed further training in embodied therapeutic practices and is interested in the interdisciplinary application of each of these varied approaches to the therapeutic use of psychedelics.