Lecture focuses on the therapeutic possibilities of psychedelics


Renewed interest in the therapeutic uses of psychedelics such as MDMA and psilocybin has provided new hope for people with difficult-to-treat mental health conditions.

Lawrence Leeman
Lawrence Leeman

Physician and researcher Lawrence Leeman will speak in Sacramento about the potential for using psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to treat PTSD, opioid use disorder and depression. His address is sponsored by the George Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine.

“Healing Trauma and Addiction with Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD, Opioid Use Disorder and Treatment Resistant Depression” takes place Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Goodnight Auditorium of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, 4501 X Street in Sacramento. A speaker reception is at 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public, with reservations requested via Eventbrite. More information is available by emailing hs-snively@ucdavis.edu.

Leeman is a family medicine physician, obstetrician and addiction specialist at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He also is medical director of the Milagro Program that provides prenatal and maternity care services to women with substance misuse problems. His research focuses on systemic prevention and treatment strategies for opioid dependency and PTSD, along with their links to overdose, suicide and violence.

Currently, Leeman is on sabbatical and conducting research at the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

"Dr. Leeman is a force in the field of a mother-child health health and is exploring new treatment options for the challenging areas of addiction, depression and trauma," said Elizabeth Magnan, assistant professor of family and community medicine at UC Davis Health and chair of the Snively lecturer selection committee. "I look forward to learning more about the latest evidence behind the novel treatment approach of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for these difficult-to-manage conditions."

About the George Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine
George Snively was chair of the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine during the formative years of the family medicine discipline. The visiting lectureship was established after his death to honor his outstanding leadership, passion for training the next generation of primary care clinicians, and dedication to providing UC Davis and the community with opportunities to hear from thought leaders in health care.

More information about UC Davis Health and its Department of Family and Community Medicine is at  health.ucdavis.edu.