Strategy Lead and Clinical Investigator on MAPS-sponsored study examining the safety, feasibility and preliminary outcomes of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for eating disorders
Collaborator and Clinical Support on Imperial College-sponsored study examining the safety, feasibility and preliminary outcomes of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for anorexia nervosa
Principal Investigator on studies examining ceremonial leader perspectives related to the potential for ayahuasca as a healing tool in western context, including with eating disorders
Co-Founder of the "Love Project" - rehabilitating the concept of love; exploring its role as a mechanism of change in psychotherapy through psychedelic research
Chapters in Academic Books:
Lafrance, A., Renelli, M., Fletcher, J., Files, N., Tupper, K. W. & Loizaga-Velder, A. (2021). Ayahuasca as a Healing Tool Along the Continuum of Recovery from eating disorders. In The therapeutic use of ayahuasca, Second edition. (Edited by B. C. Labate & C. Cavnar), Springer Science & Business Media.
Renelli, M., Fletcher, J., Loizaga-Velder, A., Files, N., Tupper, K., & Lafrance, A. (2018). Ayahuasca and the Healing of Eating Disorders. In Embodiment and Eating Disorders: A Handbook of Theory, Research, Prevention and Treatment. (Edited by H. L. McBride, J. L. Kwee), Routledge.
Articles (in refereed journals):
Lafrance, A., Strahan, E., Bird, B. M., St. Pierre, M., & Walsh, Z. (2021). Classic Psychedelic Use and Mechanisms of Mental Health: Exploring the Mediating Roles of Spirituality and Emotion Processing on Symptoms of Anxiety, Depressed Mood, and Disordered Eating in a Community Sample. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/00221678211048049
Callon, C., Williams, M., & Lafrance, A. (2021). “Meeting the Medicine Halfway”: Ayahuasca Ceremony Leaders’ Perspectives on Preparation and Integration Practices for Participants. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 00221678211043300.
Brewerton, T. D., Lafrance, A., & Mithoefer, M. C. (2020). The potential use of n-methyl-3, 4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (mdma) assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of eating disorders comorbid with ptsd. Medical Hypotheses, 110367.
Thiessen, M. S., Walsh, Z., Bird, B. M., & Lafrance, A. (2018). Psychedelic use and intimate partner violence: The role of emotion regulation. Journal of psychopharmacology, 32(7), 749-755.
Renelli, M., Fletcher, J., Tupper, K. W., Files, N., Loizaga-Velder, A., & Lafrance, A. (2018). An exploratory study of experiences with conventional eating disorder treatment and ceremonial ayahuasca for the healing of eating disorders. Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 1-8.
Lafrance, A., Loizaga-Velder, A., Fletcher, J., Renelli, M., Files, N., & Tupper, K. W. (2017). Nourishing the spirit: exploratory research on ayahuasca experiences along the continuum of recovery from eating disorders. Journal of psychoactive drugs, 49(5), 427-435.
Project Title: Classic Psychedelic Use and Mental Health: Exploring the Mediating Roles of Spirituality and Emotion Processing Capacities on Symptoms of Anxiety, Depressed Mood and Disordered Eating in a Community Sample
Collaborators: Adele Lafrance, PhD, Erin Strahan, PhD, Brian M. Bird, MA, Michelle S Thiessen, BA, & Zach Walsh, PhD
Project Title: Getting to the Root: Ceremony Leader Perspectives of the Healing Potential of Ayahuasca for Eating Disorders
Collaborators: Adele Lafrance, PhD, Annie Kingston-Miller, BA & Meris Williams, PhD, Natasha Files, MA, Anja Loizaga-Velder, PhD
Project Title: Factors Facilitating Ayahuasca Preparation and Integration: Perspectives from Ceremony Leaders
Collaborators: Cody Callon, MA, Meris Williams, PhD, Adele Lafrance, PhD
Project Title: N-methyl-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDMA)-Assisted Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa
Collaborators: Mirjana Domakonda, MD, Adele Lafrance, PhD, Reid Robison, MD, MBA, Janet Treasure, MD, Timothy Brewerton, MD, & Michael Mithoefer, MD
The greatest science in the world; in heaven and on earth; is love. Mother Teresa of Calcutta