Brian D. Richards, PsyD

Thematic Residency, 2020

Brian D. Richards, PsyD, completed a Master’s degree in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology at Duquesne University, a Psy.D. at the University of Denver, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, where he contributed to some of the original research administering psilocybin with cancer patients. Dr. Richards was formerly a Clinical Director with MedOptions, the largest behavioral health provider in the United States. He also provides diagnostic psychological testing at Oasis, an acute outpatient center in Maryland. Dr. Richards is now working on clinical research protocols administering psilocybin for Treatment Resistant Depression at Sheppard Pratt Hospital (with COMPASS Pathways), and Cancer patients at the Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville, Maryland. This cutting-edge psychedelic medicine clinic—located in a busy outpatient oncology center, will be the first of its kind in the world, and may serve as a prototype for future clinics nationwide.

Dr. Richard’s clinical and research interests include non dual experience, accelerated self-actualization, brain science based approaches to health and wellness, and working with treatment refractory patients. He finds meaning practicing yoga, being in nature, landscaping, and feeding all of the wild animals in his backyard.