Throughout his academic career, Dr. Kenneth Tupper has studied the broad possibilities offered by psychedelics.
Since 1999, Dr. Tupper has studied the potential of psychedelic plants and substances to foster innovative thinking, to evoke experiences of wonder and awe, or to recover from addictions or eating disorders, when used carefully. Today, he is the Director of Implementation & Partnerships at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.
He is also currently a member of the Clinical & Scientific Advisory Board of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies – Canada (MAPS-Canada) and the Advisory Board of the Wasiwaska Research Centre in Brazil.
“Many of the social and ecological problems that humanity faces in the 21st century seem intractable, but I believe that psychedelic plants and substances—such as ayahuasca, peyote, psilocybin, LSD and MDMA—may be important tools for helping to solve them,” says Dr. Tupper.
Dr. Tupper publishes frequently in academic journals, speaks at conferences all over the world, and has been featured everywhere from NBC News to New Scientist Magazine to The Economist.
Prior to joining the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, Dr. Tupper spent close to fifteen years developing prevention and harm reduction policies at the British Columbia Ministry of Health. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Studies from the University of British Columbia (2011), a Masters of Arts in Education from Simon Fraser University (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts (English and Philosophy double major) from Simon Fraser University (1996).
As an artistic outlet, Dr. Tupper plays West African-style guitar, djembe, hammered dulcimer, and sings.