Researching Psychedelics for Addiction: the Why, the What and the How 

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Thursday, January 26, 2023
4:00-5:00 p.m. PT

In-person at Western
Academic Instructional Center West, Room 210

Or Online on Zoom



Check out this video to watch the Researching Psychedelics for Addiction: the Why, the What and the How.

Brought to you by WWU's Behavioral Neuroscience Program and Psychology Department in partnership with WWU's Alumni Association

This talk will introduce the theoretical background on the use of psychedelic compounds to target addiction. We will discuss some of the history and evidence for this work to help understand why this work is important. Additionally, we will discuss the development of a research center to further this work, discussing some of the challenges and opportunities involved with trying to develop a research center in an academic institution as a new faculty member.

This talk is free and open to the public. Join us in-person at WWU or online on Zoom!

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Portrait of Nathan Sackett

Nathan Sackett, MD, MS, RN


Nathan Sackett, MD, MS, RN is trained as an addiction psychiatrist, focusing on the intersection between substance use and psychiatric disorders. He attended medical school and nursing school at UCSF, graduate school at UC Berkeley and completed his adult psychiatry residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Washington.

He is now a junior faculty at the University of Washington in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where he splits his time between seeing patients and research. Clinically, he works primarily outpatient seeing a range of patients with primary psychiatric issues and substance use disorders. His research focuses on the use of psychedelics to treat substance use disorders with a particular interest in how psychedelics can augment the psychotherapeutic process and facilitate behavioral change.

When he is not working, he is spending time with his family and playing in the ocean.

Questions, Accommodations, and Parking

Contact the Behavioral Neuroscience Department for this event. Feel free to call (360) 650-2148 or email if you have any questions or comments.

Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form.

There will be auto-captions available for the Zoom webinar.

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