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PATRICIA HENRIE-BARRUS, Ph.D, CMHC

FOUNDER | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR | CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Patricia Henrie-Barrus is a clinical psychologist, highly sought after expert and practitioner of ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), and Founding Director of the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational & Research Program. She is also the Principal of Riverwoods Behavioral Health, Partner and Clinical Director at Ampelis Recovery, and Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah, where she co-developed the nationally recognized Applied Positive Psychology Certificate Program. Dr. Henrie-Barrus additionally authored the 10 Principles of Recovery manual and patient workbook as well as the evidence-based HIPAA- and HITECH-compliant Opioid Abuse Risk Screener (OARS™).

Having been in private practice for over 20 years, Dr. Henrie-Barrus retains extensive experience in clinical assessment and psychotherapy, specifically for opioid and chemical addiction, pornography, eating disorders, trauma, depression, and anxiety. She has also served as PI for several clinical studies, specializing in measurement and behavioral intervention development. 

 
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LYNNETTE A. AVERILL, Ph.D

CO-FOUNDER | CO-INVESTIGATOR | CLINICAL RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGIST 

Dr. Lynnette Averill is a clinical translational neuroscientist, clinical research psychologist at the Micheal E. DeBaker VA Medical Center, and Co-Founder of the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational & Research Program. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine as well as the Co-Director of their Emerge Research Program, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, Founding Board Member and ARC Chair of the Source Research Foundation, Associate Editor of the Chronic Stress Sage Journal, and a former Fullbright Scholar at the Australian Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health.

Dr. Averill is an expert in translational clinical neuroscience with an emphasis on pharmacoimaging trials of glutamate-based drugs (namely ketamine), evaluating behavioral and neural alterations in suicidality, trauma, and stress-related psychiatric disorders. She is also interested in the role of disrupted sleep in suicidality and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); opioid misuse as it relates to suicidality and self-medicating psychiatric symptoms; and the need for effective risk screening and stratification.

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ANYA MARIT RAGNHILDSTVEIT

CO-FOUNDER | PROGRAM DIRECTOR | YOUNG INVESTIGATOR 

Anya Ragnhildstveit is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Utah, working towards a Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree in psychology; and a transfer student from George Washington University, where she studied cognitive and behavioral neuroscience funded by a merit-based presidential academic scholarship. Currently, she is the Program Director of the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational & Research Program, managing all research-related activities as well as advising/mentoring all students.

Anya previously worked in the Drakos Lab at the University of Utah School of Medicine, spending two years studying clinical, metabolic, and molecular profiles of congestive heart failure. She then completed a cardiothoracic surgical skills internship at Stanford University School of Medicine as well as a clinical neuropsychiatry internship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. Now, Anya is actively participating in research at Harvard University/Harvard Business School (cognitive science and marketing), Yale University School of Medicine (clinical machine learning and measurement), and Duke University University (psychology and neuroscience).

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MIRIAM BARTH, M.S, B.S

GRADUATE STUDENT - DOCTORAL | VISITING RESEARCHER

Miriam Barth is a first-year doctoral student in the Human Development and Social Policy Graduate Program through the department of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah, where she also obtained her Masters in Science (M.S) degree. As an undergraduate, Miriam majored in International Relations, graduating with distinction as a Service Learning Scholar with over 400 hours of community service.  

Currently, Miriam is (1) being trained as a psychedelic somatic therapist through the Psychedelic Somatic Institute, where she is learning about individual therapy models designed to address mental health conditions via psychedelic medicine; (2) a graduate instructor at the University of Utah, teaching courses from Modern Family to Love & Intimacy and Positive Psychology alongside Dr. Patricia Henrie-Barrus; and (3) a visiting researcher at the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational & Research Program, where she hopes to contribute to the growing field of psychedelics (e.g., ketamine, psilocybin, cannabis, etc.) in effort to make interventions more reliable, effective, and safer for patients. Miriam additionally working to enhance her research methods. 

 
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QUINN KAYLEY TANNER, B.A

GRADUATE STUDENT - MASTER'S | VISITING RESEARCHER

Quinn Tanner is a second-year master's student in the Public Health Program at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she is studying epidemiology and biostatistics. She plans on translating/utilizing her skillset and quantitative research acumen (statistical modeling) to both track and prevent diseases in the future. As an undergraduate, Quinn minored in philosophy and maintained a strong interest in biomedical ethics as well as promoting healthcare equity. Hence, she is excited to gain first-hand clinical experience into research design, management, and execution that will provide her new insights and tools to better combat public health hurdles at the population level, including opioid addiction, major depression, and suicide.

Currently, Quinn is a visiting researcher at the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational & Research Program, who is interested in individual and public health attitudes toward previously stigmatized drugs (i.e., ketamine).

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MATTHEW ROUGHAN, B.S

GRADUATE STUDENT - MASTER'S | RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Matthew Roughan is a second-year master’s student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Capella University. As an undergraduate, he majored in psychology and minored in Spanish, graduating from Utah Valley University. Matthew plans on continuing his education by pursuing a doctoral program in counseling psychology this coming fall. He is additionally working on becoming a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) to practice sports psychology, which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and is provided to few individuals who have met the highest standards of professional practice. Apart from school, Matthew is helping people with mental and physical disabilities find and keep jobs long term -- a process that has been extremely challenging yet rewarding. 

Currently, Matthew is a research assistant at Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational & Research Program. He is excited to continue learning about the science and practice of clinical psychology, develop new research acumen, and become a more well-rounded individual in the process. Matthew ultimately hopes to run his own private practice/family therapy office one day, making a positive difference in many people's lives. 

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LINDA SUE GOOD, B.S, A.S

POST-BACCALAUREATE STUDENT | RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Linda Good is a post-baccalaureate student who recently graduated in Fall of 2021 from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree in psychology. She also received an Associates degree in psychology from Eastern Arizona College in 2019; and is now applying to a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Utah Valley University in pursuit of becoming a clinical psychologist.

 

Currently, Linda is a research assistant at the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational and Research Program (KAPER), where she is helping test theoretical models in clinical settings as well as develop new mental health programs following the NIH Stage Model for behavioral intervention development. She is very passionate about the social sciences and has untaken multiple courses in statistics to compliment her research acumen. In addition, Linda has previously conducted research as part of her Associate's degree, evaluating how generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) affects romantic relationships as well as how academic stress influences job performance. 

 
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SARAH CUNNINGHAM, A.S

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT | CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR

Sarah Cunningham is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Utah, working towards a Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree in psychology with a minor in cognitive science. She also received an Associates degree in behavioral science from the College of Marin in California; and is a clinical research coordinator in the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational & Research Program. Here, Sarah coordinates all research-related activities across site locations, develops standard operating procedures for studies, and manages the participant recruitment and enrollment lifecycle. 

 

Previously, Sarah worked as a clinical operations manager for Salt City Psychedelic Therapy and Research, also known as the Summit Ketamine Therapy Clinic, where she completed an extensive theoretical and clinical psychedelic therapy training program. This ultimately sparked her passion for understanding the human mind through experiential interventions and psychopharmacology. Upon graduating, Sarah hopes to pursue a doctoral program in clinical psychology, focusing on adjunctive psychedelic modalities for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and end-of-life anxiety. 

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LAURA KATE JACKSON

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT | RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Laura Jackson is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Utah, working towards a Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree in psychology with a minor in sociology and philosophy. Currently, she is a research assistant in the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational & Research Program, exploring both holistic and multidisciplinary approaches to KAP.

Laura previously worked as a research assistant in Dr. David Strayer’s Applied Cognition Laboratory at the University of Utah, primarily working in (1) the “Nature Lab”, researching the impact of exposure to nature on the prefrontal cortex and cognitive capacity; and (2) the “Glucose Lab”, examining the relationship between glucose and working memory. After graduating, Laura plans on pursuing a doctoral program in clinical psychology with an emphasis on psychedelic-based interventions and alternative therapies for treating mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. 

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JOSHUA COOKE, CMHC

KETAMINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTITIONER

Joshua Cooke graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University; and is a graduate of the Applied Positive Psychology Certificate Program at the University of Utah, which was co-developed by Dr. Patricia Henrie-Barrus. Joshua then went on to develop and implement a successful co-occurring intensive outpatient treatment program in southern Idaho, where he served as Clinical Director, before receiving didactic and experiential training in both trance and transformative methods of ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) at Riverwoods Behavioral Health, where he currently practices. He is also a  KAP practitioner in the Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Educational & Research Program.

Joshua specializes in substance abuse, anxiety, and depression with a focus on grief and loss, trauma, self-esteem, spirituality, co-dependency, relationships, coping skills, and co-morbidity. In his free time, Joshua spends time with his wife and five daughters, and enjoys writing, reading, cooking, and being in the outdoors with his family. 

 
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