is a resident physician in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. He earned his MD at Stanford University. He also has an MSc in Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society from the London School of Economics where he wrote his thesis "Classifying Ayahuasca: The Role of Subjective Experience in Psychiatric Research with Psychedelics" under the orientation of Dr. Ilina Singh. He has a BA in Biochemistry with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, and he has been conducting ethnographic research with different communities of drug users since 2005. He has studied migrant Mexican communities in the United States, the Uniao do Vegetal ayahuasca religion in Brazil, cognitive enhancer use in the UK, and mutual aid groups for addiction recovery in Mexico.
Anderson. 2012. Ayahuasca as Antidepressant? Psychedelics and Styles of Reasoning in Psychiatry.Anthropology of Consciousness, 23(1):44-59.
Anderson. 2011. Ayahuasca e Depressão / Ayahuasca and Depression. PlantandoConsciência.wordpress.com.
Anderson. 2006. Psychedelic Psychotherapy: The Ethics of Medicine for the Soul. Penn Bioethics Journal 2(1): 9-12.
Newberg A. & Anderson B. Compassion and Mystical Experience. in Greenberg YK (ed). Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions. ABC-CLIO, Inc.: Santa Barbara, CA. 2007.
Labate BC, Meyer M & Anderson B. Short Glossary of the Terms Used in the União do Vegetal. Erowid.org. July 30 2009.
Labate, Beatriz C., Anderson, Brian, & Meyer, Matthew. O LSD Caboclo: notas sobre a reportagem Na selva, um místico vende o sonho (1968). Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos (NEIP). 2009. Disponível em: http://www.neip.info/html/objects/_downloadblob.php?cod_blob=658.
Anderson & Garcia. (forthcoming) 2015. ‘Spirituality’ and ‘Cultural adaptation’ in the Grupos de Cuarto y Quinto Paso.Psychiatry Bulletin. xx (x): xx-xx.
Garcia, Anderson, Martinez. (forthcoming) 2015. Fourth and Fifth Step Groups: A New and Growing Self-Help Organization for Underserved Latinos with Alcohol and other Drug Use Disorders. Alcohol Treatment Quarterly, 33 (1): xx-xx.
Anderson, Labate, De Leon. 2014. Healing with Yagé: An Interview with Taita Juan Bautista AgredaChindoy. In: Labate&Cavnar (Eds) The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca. Heidelberg: Springer, pp.197-215.
Labate, Santos, Strassman, Anderson, Mizumoto. 2013.Efectos de la Afiliación Al Santo Daime sobre la Dependencia a Sustancias. In: Labate & Bouso (Eds) Ayahuasca y Salud. Barcelona: Los Libros de La Liebre de Marzo, pp.302-310.
Anderson, Labate, Meyer, Tupper, Barbosa, Grob, Dawson, McKenna. 2012. Statement on Ayahuasca. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23(3):173-5.
Labate, Anderson, Jungaberle. 2011.Ritual Ayahuasca Use and Health: An Interview with Jacques Mabit. In: Labate, B.C. &Jungaberle, H. (Eds). The Internationalization of Ayahuasca. Zurich: Lit Verlag, pp.223-244.
Labate, Santos, Anderson, Mercante, Barbosa. 2010.The Treatment and Handling of Substance Dependence with Ayahuasca: Reflections on Current and Future Research. In: Labate&MacRae (Eds) Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil. London: Equinox Publishing, pp.205-227.
Labate, Beatriz C., Anderson, Brian T., & Meyer, Matthew. O LSD Caboclo: Notas Sobre a Reportagem “Na Selva, um Místico Vende o Sonho” (1968). Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos (NEIP). 2009.
Labate, Beatriz C., Meyer, Matthew & Anderson, Brian T. Short Glossary of the Terms Used in the União do Vegetal. Erowid.org. Jul 30 2009.
Labate, Beatriz C., Meyer, Matthew & Anderson, Brian T. 1960s Media Coverage of Ayahuasca and the UDV: Notes on the article 'Na selva, um místicovende o sonho' [In the forest, a mystic sells dreams] (1968). Erowid.org. Dec 3 2009.
Balu, Hodes, Anderson, Lucki. 2009. Enhanced Sensitivity of the MRL/MpJ Mouse to the Neuroplastic and Behavioral Effects of Chronic Antidepressant Treatments. Neuropsychopharmacology, 34:1764-1773.PMID: 19177066 PMCID: PMC2680932.
Anderson. 2011. Classifying Ayahuasca: The Role of Subjective Experience in Psychiatric Research with Psychedelics. MSc Dissertation in Biomedicine, Bioscience, Biotechnology & Society. London School of Economics and Political Science (unpublished)..
Anderson. 2007. Enchantment and Environment: Environmental Values in the Centro EspíritaBeneficenteUnião do Vegetal. Independent Study in Latin American and Latino Studies. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (unpublished)..
Labate, B.C., Santos, R.G., Anderson, B., Mercante, M. e Barbosa, P.C.R.. Apontamos sobre o tratamento da dependência química com o uso ritual da ayahuasca. 1º Congresso da Abramd sobre Drogas e Dependência, Maksoud Plaza Hotel, São Paulo, de 31 de julho a 02 de agosto de 2008.
Labate, Santos, Anderson, Mercante & Barbosa. Considerations for the treatment of substance dependence by means of Ayahuasca. Self and Substance. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 11 April, 2009.
Anderson, B. Enchantment & Environment: Environmental Values in the Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal. World Psychedelic Forum. Basel, Switzerland. 22 March, 2008.
Anderson. The 4th and 5th Steps to Recovery, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, San Diego, CA, May 2014.
Anderson. Grupos De Cuarto y Quinto Paso: Therapies On the Border of Health and Harm. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2013.
Anderson. Classifying Ayahuasca: The Role of Subjective Experience in Psychiatric Research with Psychedelics. Psychedelic Science, Oakland, CA, 19 April 2013.
Anderson & Garcia. Anonymous and Punitive: Mutual Aid Therapies in Mexico City. Society for Psychological Anthropology, San Diego, CA, 5 April 2013.
Labate & Anderson. Why ‘Ayahuasca Healing’?.Psychedemia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 30 September 2012.
Anderson. Ayahuasca in psychiatry: From psiquiatría folklórica to neuroimaging. European Ayahuasca Research Symposium, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL), 17-18 June, 2011.
Labate & Anderson. The Treatment & Handling of Substance Dependence with Ayahuasca: Reflections on Current & Future Research. Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century. San Jose, CA, 17 April, 2010.
Anderson. Hoasca Ecologies: Environmentalism in the Centro Espírita Beneficente União do Vegetal. Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness Annual Meeting. Portland, OR, 4 April, 2009.
Labate, B.C., Santos, R.G., Rose, I.S. Bibliography of the Brazilian Ayahuasca Religions. Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies Bulletin, 7(1):30-1. 2007.
Ende, M. 2008. The Wine of the Souls. Video Documentary. (Translation consultant).