Neal M. Goldsmith

Psychedelic Psychologist
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Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a social psychologist, therapist, author of Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development, and host of the Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics conference.

Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D. is a social psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, author/public speaker, and strategic planner with more than 30 years’ experience assisting individuals, companies, and governments scan the horizon for innovative practices and successfully manage the necessary implementation and change process. He has particular expertise in psychedelic therapy research and policy, technology innovation, transfer and organizational change, and the policy research utilization process. He is author of dozens of popular and scholarly articles, curates and hosts innovative workshops, salons, and conferences, and is a frequent speaker on psychotherapy and resistance to change, adult developmental psychology, psychedelics research and policy, and the post-modern future of society.

Dr. Goldsmith last corporate position was in the strategic planning department at American Express, where he had responsibility for an annual, multimillion-dollar advanced technology R&D fund. Before joining American Express, he was a consultant with Gartner, a market research and consulting firm, where he conducted competitive analysis projects for advanced technology firms and tracked the marketplace for emerging technologies. He began his career in AT&T’s Technology and Productivity Research Center, where he conducted evaluation and organizational development research during new technology implementations within AT&T.

Dr. Goldsmith has a Ph.D. in public affairs psychology from Claremont Graduate University, with an orientation toward action science in the tradition of Kurt Lewin. He conducted his dissertation research, on the factors that facilitate or inhibit the successful utilization of mental health policy research, as a federally-funded doctoral research assistant at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and deputy principal investigator of a four-year, nation-wide study of the utilization of mental health policy research.

An inveterate guru collector and specialist in the art of herding cats, he has organized dozens of successful conferences and cross-disciplinary “meetings of minds.” He is a founder of Poetry Science Talks (“Not about poetry, not about science”), an influential salon discussion group on the future of science, philosophy, technology, healing, and the evolution of society, covering topics as diverse as quantum mechanics, meditation, emergent properties, psychedelics, cosmology, placebo, relativity, spontaneous remission, governance, stigmata, artificial intelligence, healing, peak experience, psychosomatics, innovation, and the spark of knowing insight. He was two-term chair of SMART-F$, a financial industry council for the application of intelligent technology, an affiliate with the Center for Policy Research at Columbia University, and a founding member of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Network of Consultants on Planned Change. While still a graduate student, he co-founded the Claremont Center for Applied Social Research.

Dr. Goldsmith’s psychotherapy training includes Imago Relationship Therapy, Psychosynthesis, yoga psychology, regressive psychotherapies, Rogerian client-centered counseling, and other humanistic, transpersonal and Eastern traditions. What differentiates his approach from that of most psychologists is his view that “neurosis” is better seen as developmental challenge, the surmounting of which brings maturity – wisdom – rather than as pathology. His work returns psychology to the study of the unfolding psyche in all its beauty and complexity, rather than following the medical model.

Dr. Goldsmith’s book, Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development, describes the influence of psychedelics on the development of his personality theory and clinical practice. Among his other publications, he is proudest of “The Ten Lessons of Psychedelic Psychotherapy, Rediscovered” (in the Psychedelic Medicine textbook, Praeger, 2007), his frequently-cited encyclopedia entry on “The Utilization of Policy Research,” and his affidavit to the California Superior Court in Santa Cruz on “Rescheduling Psilocybin: A Review of the Clinical Research.”

Dr. Goldsmith maintains a psychotherapy practice in Dumbo, New York.