Social Neuroscience and Psychotherapy Lab

Mission Statement

SNAP Lab aims to maximize the benefits of therapeutic alliance and psychotherapy through the adjunct use of social psychopharmacology, such as oxytocin, MDMA, and psilocybin.

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Delaney is a graduate from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is largely interested in the advancement of psychedelic-assisted therapies, the neurobiology of trauma, and subjective differences among psychedelic experiences. Additionally, she is focused on how the history and traditions of psychedelic medicines can inform the clinical applications being developed today. Delaney moved from Long Beach, CA to Portland, OR where she serendipitously discovered the SNAP Lab and eagerly accepted the opportunity to join the team as Lab Manager.

Delaney McKechnie

Lab Manager

Marca's journey as a therapist began by overcoming their own trauma and developing resilience and empowerment as a two spirit, queer, mixed-race Native American who grew up on the Osage reservation of Oklahoma as an enrolled member of the tribe. They are trained in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD and sit on the advisory council on diversity for the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). 

Before becoming a psychotherapist, they completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Oklahoma, and have been a Registered Nurse for 26 years, with specializations in ICU, emergency room, and home health nursing. They hold a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California, and are a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California (LMFT #92335) and the state of Oregon (LMFT #T1416). They completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) at the Native American Health Center of San Francisco, and training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Indian Country Child Trauma Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Marca Cassity, RN, LMFT

Outpatient Mental Health Staff Chaplain, ordained Buddhist, whose teachings are inspired by numerous indigenous and nature-based traditions. Her unique perspective equips her to cultivate mythic and archetypal transformation, and ceremonial initiations and rites of passage. Uniting these diverse understandings, her model of celebratory healing and soul-centered embodiment fosters compassion in individuals as they become comfortable in the mystery and paradox of life to embrace suffering. 


Rebecca is the granddaughter of a WWII infantry Veteran, and was raised by Vietnam Veterans. She has experienced the interpersonal impact of combat trauma, PTSD, and Moral Injury, and is committed to preventative ethics—breaking the cycle of shame, violent communication, and hurtful actions that continue to impact individuals, families, and communities. Her vision is to help individuals discover their compassionate hearts,  and  find ways to embody their own personal versions of kindness as an effort in creating a world with more kindness, from the inside out.

Rebecca Morris, BCC, MCIHS

Aryan is a 4th year psychiatry resident at OHSU. He is interested in MDMA- and psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, specifically looking at how the psychotherapy is delivered, how trauma healing occurs, and how treatment can be made accessible to marginalized communities. He is the founder of the OHSU Psychiatry Resident Psychedelic Science Interest Group, a member of the OHSU Psychedelic Medicine Research Collaborative, and has presented locally on the topic of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Currently, he is pioneering a Psychedelic Medicine Elective at OHSU and helping develop the curriculum for future psychiatric trainees. He is also working on a systematic review on the interactions between common psychiatric medications and psychedelic substances.

Aryan Sarparast, MD

Melanie is a 2nd year Master’s of Public Health - Epidemiology student at OHSU and a graduate from University of Washington’s Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology B.Sc. program. Her path from infectious disease research scientist to graduate student interested in psychiatric epidemiology and emerging therapy modalities has been greatly influenced by her and her chosen family’s experiences with trauma and healing. In addition to contributing to the emerging field of psychedelic-assisted therapies, Melanie is passionate about the destigmatization of mental health services and building upon our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of trauma neurobiology.

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Gregory Caesar
Gina Gratza
Lynne Ludeman
Shannon Smith
Kelly Dominici
Chuck Solomonson
Stephanie Rodriguez
Jeffrey Osbourne
Jaimie Lusk
Donny Reed
Karin  Gagnon


Seble Adinew
Clinical Research Coordinator, The Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab & grad school applicant
Chloe Cattle
UCSF School of Medicine
Sarah Chan
UPenn School of Dental Medicine
Alex Dai
MCAT instructor, The Princeton Review & grad school applicant
Iliana Hernandez
Post-bacc pre-med, UC, Berkeley
Harleen Mangat
PhD candidate, Alliant's California School of Professional Psychology
Salem Samson
MGH Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Elaine Hsiang, MD
UCSF/SFGH Emergency Medicine Residency
Scott McKernan
PhD candidate, The New School Clinical Psychology Program
Anna Sheen
Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine
Chavy Chiang
University of Rochester School of Medicine
Helen Harrison
Pre-Medical Post-Bacc,
San Francisco State University
Dylan Earp
UC Berkeley
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