"It’s inspiring to be a part of something bigger and follow COMPASS’s mission to truly turn the unique properties of psychedelics into life-changing treatments. I believe that this alternative approach in psychiatry is what could really make a difference and ultimately improve our understanding of the brain and mind."

Joanna Kuc

Research Associate in Digital Mental Health

Joanna is an MSc Translational Neuroscience graduate from Imperial College London, where she completed her thesis at the Centre for Psychedelic Research under supervision of Dr Robin Carhart-Harris and Dr David Erritzøe.

Her work there mainly involved analysis of large-scale prospective online survey results in order to describe the modulation of subjective psychedelic experience by cannabis. Previously she finished BSc in Pharmacology at Nottingham Trent University, where the focus of her thesis was to analyse the effect of ligands with addictive properties on the GABA(A) receptor expression. She also completed internships in molecular biology and microbiology laboratories at Jacobs University Bremen and Hochschule Bremen in Germany.

Joanna is mostly fascinated by the impact that psychedelics could have on psychiatry, as well as the use of AI & machine learning in medicine. She strongly believes that development of digital healthcare innovation technologies can improve the objectivity of diagnostics and prevention, moving towards development of precision psychiatry. Her other interests include anthropology, ritualistic use of mind-altering substances in indigenous communities, and cross-cultural psychiatry.

"It’s inspiring to be a part of something bigger and follow COMPASS’s mission to truly turn the unique properties of psychedelics into life-changing treatments. I believe that this alternative approach in psychiatry is what could really make a difference and ultimately improve our understanding of the brain and mind."