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.
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, Labate, Meyer, Tupper, Barbosa, Grob, Dawson, McKenna. 2012. Statement on Ayahuasca. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23(3):173-5.
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.
Anderson. Classifying Ayahuasca: The Role of Subjective Experience in Psychiatric Research with Psychedelics. Psychedelic Science, Oakland, CA, 19 April 2013.
Anderson. Ayahuasca in psychiatry: From psiquiatría folklórica to neuroimaging. European Ayahuasca Research Symposium, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL), 17-18 June, 2011.
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.