Learning from Listening: Qualitative Data in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Research

Ilsa Jerome, PhD

Abstract: MAPS Research and Information Specialist Ilsa Jerome will speak about MAPS’ MDMA-assisted psychotherapy long-term follow-up questionnaire data, as well as plans for collecting qualitative information through interviews. She will also present on the challenges of collecting qualitative data and the tension between rich versus shareable data and the loss of meaning from over-quantification or idiosyncrasy (e.g. language narratives).

Ilsa Jerome earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Maryland. She helps MAPS and researchers design studies, gathers information on study drugs (as MDMA) through keeping abreast of the current literature and discussion with other researchers, creates and maintains documents related to some MAPS–supported studies, and helps support the MAPS psychedelic literature bibliography. She has written informational documents on psilocybin, LSD and MDMA. She is interested in using methods from behavioral science and neuroscience to learn how humans feel and think about themselves and each other.

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