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This month we hear from Hannah who is responsible for ensuring our clinical trial operations run smoothly and efficiently in North America.

I am a part of the COMPASS team helping to … manage our North American clinical trial operations, in particular our phase IIb trial looking at the safety and efficacy of psilocybin therapy in participants with treatment-resistant depression.

I work in mental health care because… our mental health is as important as our physical health, yet the mental health field does not get nearly as much support and visibility as other domains of health. I want to help break down existing stigmas, while providing evidence-based care to vulnerable populations.

The part of my job I most enjoy is… collaborating with our dedicated site staff at research institutions across North America. They are on the ground-level making change happen! It is inspiring to be partners with them.

When I was a child, I always wanted to… be a teacher. I I looked up to my educators so much I just wanted to be them. Or maybe I didn’t have a strong enough imagination 😉

An unusual fact about me is… I am born on the same day as my older sister, but three years later. When I was growing up, I thought all siblings had the same birthday.

What I am most grateful for is… I am writing this during the time of COVID-19, which is making me more grateful than ever for how we can use technology and social media to connect and inspire one another. I feel thankful we can remain united in spirit, despite being separated in physicality.

The best place I’ve ever visited is…Dune 45 in the Namib Desert – climbing Dune 45 and watching the sun rise over the Namib-Naukluft National Park was like nothing else!

The book everyone should read is… Tiny Beautiful Things. This is a collection of advice columns written through the vulnerable, self-aware lens of “Dear Sugar,” otherwise known as author Cheryl Strayed. Her ability to provide practical advice, while weaving in her own deeply personal and remarkable storyline, is unparalleled. This is a book I come back to time and time again to remind myself of the nuanced and empathetic depth of the human experience. She will make you laugh and cry all in one page!

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