The Light Within

112. Death, Motherhood & the Psychedelic Experience with Dr. Katherine MacLean, PHD

August 21, 2023 Leslie Draffin Season 3
The Light Within
112. Death, Motherhood & the Psychedelic Experience with Dr. Katherine MacLean, PHD
Show Notes

In this episode, Dr. Katherine MacLean shares all about her experience as a psychedelic researcher & how her personal journey with plant medicines helped her work through grief & traumatic life situations as well as become a better parent.

In our chat we discuss:
- her experience working at Johns Hopkins
- how grief & loss propelled her spiritual journey
- ways psychedelics have benefitted her life

Get her book: Midnight Water HERE
More about Dr. MacLean:
Katherine MacLean, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist with expertise in studying the effects of mindfulness meditation and psychedelics on cognitive performance, emotional well-being, spirituality, and brain function. As a postdoctoral research fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she conducted clinical trials of psilocybin, the primary chemical found in “magic mushrooms,” and other psychedelic compounds. Her groundbreaking research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines can enhance openness to new experiences and promote mental health and emotional well-being throughout the lifespan. Dr. MacLean co-founded and directed the first center for psychedelic education and training in New York, was featured in the New Yorker article entitled “The Trip Treatment" by Michael Pollan, and her TED Talk has been viewed nearly 50K times. Midnight Water is her first book. Find her online at and on Facebook (katherinemacleanphd), Instagram (, and Twitter (@thekmacdose).

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