Classes: Ongoing and Past

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Brain, Mind, & Behavior: Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience (MCB C61 / PSYCH C61)
Winter-Spring Semester, 1997 to present (2022) (enrollment: ~600 students per semester)
Online version (MCB W61), every Summer Session, 2008 to present (2021)
     Syllabus: Brain, Mind, & Behavior, Winter-Spring 2020

Drugs and the Brain (MCB C62 / L&S C30T / PSYCH C19)
College of Letters & Science Discovery Course
Fall Semester, 2000 to present (2020) (enrollment: ~600 students per semester)
     Syllabus: Drugs and the Brain, Fall 2019

Neuroscience of Psychedelics (MCB 290): Graduate Seminar (2020)

Synaptic Pharmacology to Consciousness (MCB 290): Graduate Seminar (Periodically)

Expanding a Science of Consciousness (COGSCI 190) (2021)
Art of Writing Program, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Matter, Mind, Consciousness (MCB 90E): Freshman Seminar
Every Semester, 2010 to present (2022) (enrollment: ~15 students per semester)
     Syllabus: Matter, Mind, Consciousness, Fall 2019

Consciousness: Buddhist and Neuroscientific Perspectives (Letters & Science 124)
Periodically (2014, 2017) co-taught with Robert Sharf, UC Berkeley Buddhist Studies
College of Letters & Science Big Ideas Course
    Syllabus: Consciousness, Winter-Spring 2017

Mindfulness and Meditation: An Introduction (Letters & Science 54)
Fall semester, 2018 (enrollment: ~80 students)

Molecular Neurobiology and Neurochemistry (MCB 165)
Winter-Spring Semester, 1991 to 2013 (enrollment: ~100 students per semester)
     Syllabus: Neurochemistry, Winter-Spring 2013

Music and the Brain (MCB 90E): Freshman Seminar
Every Semester, 2006 to 2010 (enrollment: ~20 students per semester)

Ethical Issues in Neuroscience (MCB 84): Sophomore Seminar
One-time course, 2003 (co-taught with Richard Ivry, Psychology Department)

Foods, Drugs, Moods, and Mystics: Current Issues in Science, Health, and Policy (L&S 23)
One-time course, 2001 (co-taught with Tom Carlson, Integrative Biology Department)


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Your Brain and Mind on Plants and Drugs
6 lectures: September to November 2019, ~125 students

Consciousness: The Final Frontier
4 lectures: June 2018, ~200 students

Dimensions of Silence in the Human Experience
Collaboration with the Berkeley Art Museum and their exhibition on "Silence"
Co-faciltator with Susan Hoffman, Director of UCB OLLI, Winter 2013

Brain, Mind, Perception, and Consciousness
6 lectures: Fall 2010, ~120 students

Your Brain on Plants
6 lectures: Fall 2008, ~50 students


Extension Program, University of California, Berkeley

Advances in Human Brain Science for Clinicians
Twice every year as a 7-hour (in one day) class

Practical Clinical Psychopharmacology: From A to Z (Adderall to Caffeine to Zoloft)
Periodically as a 1-day class

Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Problems
Formerly every year as a 2-day class, now periodically

Psychotropic Medications and Drugs of Abuse
Periodically as a 1-day class


Science for Monks and Nuns

Neuroscience education and curriculum development in a program working with Tibetan Buddhist monastics in India (2004 to present), Bhutan (2016, 2019), and Nepal (2018).

California Institiute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco

Certificate Program in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research
Foundational training in neuroscience, special topics in the neurobiology of psychedelics, ongoing programmatic counsultation, and individual and group clinical mentoring. Program inception in 2016 to present (2022).


Postgraduate Program in Clinical Psychopharmacology, California School of Professional Psychology / Alliant University, San Francisco

Core faculty member from the time of this program's inception in 1999, through 2010.
Instruction in biochemistry, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, and chemical dependency, provided to clinical psychologists interested in the possibility of prescribing psychotropic medications.


Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, and University of California Medical School, San Francisco

Clinical faculty in psychiatry: Intensive clinical supervision and other instruction to APA psychology interns, UCSF medical students, and UCSF psychiatry residents (1990-2000).