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Joel Lopez, B.A.

Joel Lopez, Zoe Jahn, and Rick Doblin in Louisville, KY

Clinical Research Assistant

Behavioral Health Specialist

Joel Lopez (he/him/his) is a Research Assistant at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where he assists with the MAPS-sponsored MDMA-PTSD expanded access study. His work includes scheduling, managing data, and supporting clients as a night attendant. Joel also works as a therapist assistant for ketamine-assisted psychotherapy clients.

Joel graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Psychological Science, Magna Cum Laude, where he was designated a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Prior to attending the University of Connecticut, he received formal training and supervised clinical practicum at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, for his Behavioral Health Specialist (68X) position in the Army Reserves. Joel's research experiences as a McNair Scholar and Research Assistant have been integral to his development as a research professional. His research interests broadly surround substance use disorders and PTSD, which have arisen in part from his involvement with the U.S. military. These interests have primarily come from his upbringing as a Mexican American in an impoverished community in rural Illinois, where problematic substance use and violence were characteristic of the environment.

Joel has experience in producing psychedelic conferences with organizations such as Horizons and MAPS. He is the Chief Financial Officer for the Intercollegiate Psychedelics Network, which is a student-led, umbrella organization currently providing resources and legitimacy to psychedelic student organizations at 10 chapters around the world, servicing over 1,000 students. For Summer '21, he is excited to analyze data and identify interpersonal and social risk factors for problematic substance use in Reservists and their spouses while participating in a NIDA Summer Research Internship program at the University at Buffalo.

Joel will soon be applying to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs and intends on beginning his career as an active-duty Army Clinical Psychologist working to develop Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy protocols suitable for treating active-duty service members and veterans who suffer from either substance use disorders or PTSD. He hopes to eventually return to his community in Illinois and provide affordable psychological care while serving as a role model for young people in his community.

Presentations

Joel Lopez, Zoe Jahn, and Rick Doblin in Louisville, KY

Lopez, J., Finstein, T., Marino, D., Lopez, A., & Wolfgang, A. (2021, April 4). Psychedelics and Substance Use Disorder: Past, present and future of addiction treatment. Presented at 8th Annual UConn Spring Frontiers in Undergraduate Research, Storrs, CT.

Lopez, J. (2020, November 22). Racial Trauma and Substance Misuse: Recreational psychedelic use as a mediating factor for substance misuse. Poster presented at the Graduate Students Association for Psychedelic Studies 2nd Annual Convergence, Los Angeles, CA.

Richer, J. M., Williams, M. T., de la Salle, S., Sharif, N., & Lopez, J. (2020, November 23). Assessing the Toll of Racism in Francophone Communities: Development of the French Version of the University of Connecticut Racial/Ethnic Stress & Trauma Scale (UnRESTS). Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Lopez, J. (2020, November 22). Racial Trauma and Substance Misuse: Recreational psychedelic use as a mediating factor for substance misuse. Poster presented at the Graduate Students Association for Psychedelic Studies 2nd Annual Convergence, Los Angeles, CA.

Jahn, Z., Lopez, J., de la Salle, S., & Williams, M. T. (2020, November 20). Racial/Ethnic Differences in Prevalence Trends for Hallucinogen Use by Age Cohort: Findings From the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Poster presented at the conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Lopez, J. (2020, July 10). Efficacy of various Allosteric Modulators in the treatment of Psychostimulant Use Disorders. Poster presented at 8th Annual UConn McNair Scholars Summer Virtual Poster Exhibit, Storrs, CT.

Publications

Lopez, J. (2021). Synopsis of Dr. Eric Youngstrom's Invited Address: Helping Give Away Psychological Science: Bringing the Best of Our Work to the People Who Would Benefit. The Behavior Therapist, 44(1).

Williams, M. T., Osman, M., Lopez, J., & Gran-Ruaz, S. (In press). Intersection of racism and PTSD: Assessment and treatment of racism-related stress and trauma. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40501-021-00250-2

Jahn, Z., Lopez, J., De LaSalle, S., Faber, S. C. & Williams, M. T. (In press). Racial/Ethnic Differences in Prevalence Trends for Hallucinogen Use by Age Cohort: Findings from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The Journal of Psychedelic Studies. https://doi.org/10.1556/2054.2021.00166


Photo: Behavioral Wellness staff, Joel Lopez and Zoe Jahn, share a moment with Dr. Rick Doblin at the MAPS MDMA-assisted psychotherapy PTSD Training for Therapists of Color in Louisville, Kentucky.

BEHAVIORAL WELLNESS CLINIC

392 MERROW RD, SUITE E
TOLLAND, CT 06084
OFFICE: (860) 830-7838
FAX: (860) 454-0667

 
CLINICAL DIRECTOR: MONNICA WILLIAMS, PHD
OFFICE MANAGER: JASMINE FAIRFAX
BUSINESS MANAGER: MATTHEW JAHN

 
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