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Paul Liknaitzky is Head of the Clinical Psychedelic Lab at Monash University, and Chief Principal Investigator on a program of psychedelic trials. He is a Senior Research Fellow within the Dept of Psychiatry at Monash University, and has an Honours degree in Neuroscience and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. In Australia, he is an Investigator on many of the country’s initial psychedelic trials across multiple institutions, has coordinated several psychedelic therapist training and supervision programs, and leads the first clinical psychedelic lab. His work is focused on a rigorous program of research in clinical psychedelics that seeks to innovate on treatment design, evaluate therapeutic effects, mitigate known risks, explore potential drawbacks, and understand therapeutic mechanisms.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Neuroscience, BSc (Hons), In pursuit of the engram: methodology optimization and brain analysis using fear conditioning in FTL mice, University of Melbourne

Psychological Sciences, PhD, The Hyper-ordinary Depression Hypothesis and mechanisms of cognitive rigidity in depression, University of Melbourne

Neuroscience, BSc, Majors in Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Western Australia

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • Psychedelic medicine
  • Mood Disorders
  • Addiction
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Depressive cognition
  • Transdiagnostic mechanisms of psychopathology

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