Joseph Barsuglia is a research psychologist, advisor in psychedelic medicine and alternative healthcare, international facilitator, and former Christian pastor.
His mission is to create safe and sacred settings for working with psychedelic/sacred earth medicines, and natural therapies for the purposes of healing and spiritual awakening.
His expertise is in working with iboga/ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT, which are two of the most potent, therapeutic and sacred psychoactive medicines. He recently served as the Director of Research and interim CEO at Crossroads Treatment Center in Mexico, which was the first of its kind, a psychedelic treatment center, which utilized the compounds ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT in the treatment of addiction and for psychospiritual development. In this role, Joseph presented some the first observational data on the effects of 5-MeO-DMT in humans, neuroimaging data on ibogaine, outcomes of ibogaine treatment in substance addiction, and he helped to develop guidelines for the proper administration of 5-MeO-DMT. Additionally, Joseph is an initiate and practitioner of the African spiritual tradition called ‘Bwiti’ which utilizes the iboga plant as its sacrament for spiritual healing. He co-facilitates international retreats with iboga and supports individuals through preparation and integration of this experience.
Joseph serves as an active board member and scientific advisor with three non-profit psychedelic research groups, the Source Research Foundation (SRF), Terra Incognita Project, and The Mission Within. The Mission Within utilizes the psychedelic therapies, ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT to treat special forces veterans with traumatic brain injury and PTSD. Joseph also recently worked as a co-investigator/ research psychotherapist in the phase 2 trials of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in Los Angeles.
He earned a Master’s degree and PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Spiritual Theology from the Fuller Theological Seminary. He received advanced clinical training in neuropsychology at the University of Southern California (USC), UCLA, and the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital in aging and behavioral neuroscience and his research is published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.