Miss ROSALIND MCALPINE
Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
Faculty of Brain Sciences
- Joined UCL
- 28th Sep 2020
Rosalind is conducting psychedelic research with the Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit (CPU) and working on The Understanding Neuroplasticity Induced by Tryptamines (UNITy) Project. She also works with a number of collaborating retreat centres in Europe and South America to investigate the use of plant medicines in more naturalistic, traditional, ceremonial settings.
Rosalind completed her BA in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, where she specialised in neuroscience, social psychology, and developmental questions in science and religion. She then completed her MRes in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at UCL, followed by a year working as a Post-Graduate Research Fellow at Yale University.
She is interested in research focusing on psychedelic mechanisms of action, as well as comparisons between the use of psychedelic substances in traditional/ceremonial retreat settings and their place in Western psychiatric models. She is also interested in the extra-pharmacological processes which shape the response to these substances, and the development of effective preparation/integration practices. She considers the development of effective prevention and treatment strategies - with emphasis on the requirement of increased cultural competency - incredibly important if we are to progress within mental health science.