Olivia Marcus completed an MPH sociomedical sciences at Columbia University and a PhD in medical anthropology at University of Connecticut. Before beginning her doctoral research, she focused on sexual health, HIV/AIDS prevention, mental health and juvenile justice, and health behavior among people who use traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM). Her interest in TCAM brought her attention to the Peruvian Amazon to investigate therapeutic pluralism in the treatment of mental health conditions. Her current research examines the use of traditional Amazonian healing techniques for mental health care with a focus on the dialogue among shamans, mental health practitioners, and their clients. She currently teaches anthropology at the University of Connecticut and collaborates on the Ayahuasca Treatment Outcome Project (ATOP, PI: Brian Rush), which examines long-term outcomes of ayahuasca-assisted psychotherapy for addiction rehabilitation.
How can we approach the study of ayahuasca critically? In this RSP episode, join and hear Sidney Castillo talk with Bernd Brabec de Mori and Olivia Marcus on their research about indigenous and mestizo use of ayahuasca in the Peruvian rainforest.