The Future of MDMA-Assisted Therapy: Research on Trauma, Epigenetics, and Cortisol


Episode 155

Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.

Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D., is an Endowed Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience of Trauma and Director of Mental Health at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic stress studies who revolutionized our understanding of the neurobiology and treatment of PTSD. Most recently, Dr. Yehuda established and now directs the Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research, and was named one of the most influential women in the psychedelic field. In this episode of the Third Wave podcast, Rachel talks with Paul F. Austin about her research, including a forthcoming study on MDMA-assisted therapy for trauma survivors.


Podcast Highlights

  • Rachel’s entry into psychedelic research.
  • Researching epigenetics, cortisol, and trauma survivors.
  • Nature vs nurture when it comes to epigenetic trauma healing.
  • How MDMA supports epigenetic healing.
  • Expanding MDMA research to vulnerable communities.
  • A vision for the future of MDMA-assisted therapy.
  • Balancing standardization and personalization of treatment.
  • Maintenance versus catharsis of symptoms.
  • Creating new systems for mental healthcare.


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