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ALEXANDER BELSER, Fellow, New York University, Department of Applied Psychology
“The Rule of Three from NYU: (1) A patient speaks, (2) A proposed narrative study of patient experiences, and (3) Recent findings from the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study”
Human stories are powerful. Patient-driven stories have the ability to convey complex psychospiritual experiences in a way that raw data may not. First, a participant who has received psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in the NYU study will share her experiences as a patient. Secondly, I will introduce a new study exploring the inner experiences of patients who have received psilocybin and conceptual challenges. Finally, I will share recent findings from the study, and speak about my experience as a “young investigator” in the field of psychedelic research.
Alexander Belser, M.Phil. is a Fellow in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University (NYU). He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He was awarded a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree from Cambridge University, and studied clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Alexander serves as the Administrative Director of the New York University Psilocybin Cancer Project, a Phase II randomized double blind placebo-controlled crossover study investigating the effect of psilocybin on end-of-life anxiety in patients with advanced cancer. Alexander has also authored or co-authored peer-reviewed articles appearing in publications such as the APA Journal of Family Psychology and the Oxford Handbook of Prosocial Behavior. His research interests at NYU include counseling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults and youth, identifying risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviors among LGBT youth. Broader research interests include the study of ecstatic human experiences, in the psychological tradition of William James and Abraham Maslow.