Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance Episode 7 – Dr. Erika Dyck

Dr. Erika Dyck is a professor at the University of Saskatchewan and an authority on the history of psychiatry and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. In the next episode of Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance, Dr. Dyck will discuss the third wave’s relationship with the civil rights movements of the 21st century. This includes the gender history of psychedelic psychiatry and psychedelic privilege today.

Date: Tuesday, July 7th

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM PST (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST)

About Dr. Erika Dyck

Dr. Erika Dyck completed her History of Medicine master’s degree at McMaster University, where she completed her dissertation on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. The thesis gained widespread acclaim and was subsequently published as the book ‘Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus’.

Dr. Dyck has studied and written about the treatment of mental illness for the past fifteen years, speaking on the topic for a number of high-profile media outlets. She achieved notoriety for her extensive authorship on the subject, which includes Managing Madness: the Weyburn Mental Hospital and the Transformation of Psychiatric Care in Canada – winner of the Canadian Historical Association Prize for best book in Prairie History.

An advocate for the regulation of psychedelics, Dr. Dyck believes their benefits could transcend mental health into wider social contexts – a concept put forward by prominent psychiatrist Dr. Humphrey Osmand, who coined the term ‘psychedelic’. Dr. Dyck co-edited Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond, on the correspondence between the two notable figures and many of her theories were inspired by these discussions.

A professor and historian of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Dyck believes critical thinking is crucial to review the historical role of psychedelics in our understanding of mental health. Through her considerable research in the field, Dr. Dyck has unearthed a wealth of material on the unsung influence of women in the history of psychiatry – which she will draw upon in the webinar.

The juncture between the psychedelic renaissance and a number of civil rights causes, including the me-too movement, has compelled an examination of diversity in scientific research. Having studied gender inequality in history, Dr. Dyck is determined to facilitate a more inclusive future. In the next episode of Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance, Dr. Dyck will explore the crucial, yet neglected, participation of women in psychedelic discovery. A particularly pertinent time to explore gender disparity in science, we will consider how this has influenced the perception of women in the field – from practitioners to patients.

You can learn more about Dr. Dyck here.


MAPS Canada has priced the Examining the Psychedelic Renaissance webinar series at an affordable $111 for the full 14 episodes. Single episodes are available for $22 each, with discounted rates for students, seniors and those affected by COVID-19. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mapscanada.org/webinar

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