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PODCAST #005 Interview with APA exec, Jasper Simons: psychology & psychedelics

We talk with Jasper Simons, Chief Publishing Officer at the American Psychological Association (APA), about how trends shift in the psychology industry, and what psychedelic medicine needs for adoption.




— The Nugget: psychedelic federal legislation proposal (0:44)

— The Noodle: is it time to stop using the words "trip" & "psychedelics" (1:25)

— What's needed to shift the paradigm of psychedelics within psychology (2:40)

— Biggest roadblock to innovation in psychology (7:11)

— The need for legality and reimbursement (7:50)

— Psychology as a science with humans as the observer and the observed (10:40)

— Challenge of having conversations all go back to COVID (12:15)

— Engaging with undergrads and reimagining education (14:45)

— Personal career strategy as an executive (17:45)

— Advice to a 25-year old aspiring executive for the quarter life crisis (21:45)

— How Jasper deals with adversity and change (26:55)

— How therapists view psychedelics (28:55)

— A Soul Search with Jasper (31:25)

— The one musical band he'd bring with him to a desert island

— Clap and a Slap {Double Blind and Compass Pathways} (34:25)

Jasper Simons

Jasper Simons is an information industry executive with more than 20 years of experience in building and growing products, platforms, and content portfolios for leading knowledge businesses.

Simons is the Chief Publishing Officer at the APA, overseeing the world’s premier portfolio of journals, books and digital solutions for behavioral scientists, health practitioners, educators and the public.

Prior to joining the APA, Simons was a Vice President of Product and Market Strategy at Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate). There he managed software solutions for publishers and associations, including ScholarOne Manuscripts, the leading content management platform for the industry.

Simons currently serves on the Board of Directors of Crossref, a not-for-profit membership organization that exists to make scholarly communications better. He also serves on the board of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which represents the leading book, journal, and education publishers in the United States on matters of law and policy.

Simons earned an MA in Political Science & Sociology from the University of Amsterdam and a BSc in Management & Organization from Van Hall Larenstein College.

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See the inspiration behind the Psychedelic Diaries here.


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