Rick Doblin

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Rick Doblin
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Doblin, 2014
Born (1953-11-30) November 30, 1953 (age 68)
Alma materNew College of Florida (B.S., 1987)
Harvard University (Ph.D., 2001)
OccupationFounder and Executive Director, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Known forPsychedelic therapy, MAPS
Scientific career
FieldsPsychology, Public policy, Political science
ThesisRegulation of the medical use of psychedelics and marijuana (2001)
Doctoral advisorFrederic M. Scherer

Richard Elliot Doblin (born November 30, 1953) is an American drug activist and executive who is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

Life and career[edit]

Born in 1953, Doblin grew up in a Conservative Jewish family in suburban Chicago. He is the first of four children to pediatrician Morton Doblin and schoolteacher Arline Doblin. He has three younger siblings, Bruce, Sharon, and Stuart Doblin.

From 1975 until 1982, Doblin owned and operated a company called Braxas Construction, located in the Sarasota, Florida area, which specialized in relocating houses. In 2001 he received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients.

Doblin obtained a psychology degree from New College of Florida in 1987. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner.

He co-founded Earth Metabolic Design Laboratories in 1984 to support psychedelic research and Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in 1986 with the goal of making MDMA an FDA-approved medicine.

Rick Doblin's life is profiled in former Washington Post Magazine editor Tom Shroder's book Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal.

Doblin married Lynne Doblin in 1993. Together they have three children Eden, Lilah, and Eliora and live in Boston, Massachusetts.


See also[edit]

  • Psychedelia – Film about the history of psychedelic drugs


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