Anna Stearn is a research assistant and co-facilitator in studies investigating the medicinal properties of psilocybin at the Johns Hopkins Center on Psychedelic and Consciousness Research under the direction of Dr. Rolland Griffiths. She earned her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College where she studied Psychology. She has spent extensive time in Bodh Gaya, India and Nepal, where she studied and practiced the three main traditions of Buddhist philosophy and meditation practices. A long-term meditator, Anna brings with her a passion for contemplative studies and an interest in the speculative parallels embedded in the psychedelic experience. In her spare time, she serves as a Mentor for youth on teen mindfulness meditation retreats with an organization called Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). Anna aspires to become a clinician facilitating psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of various psychiatric disorders and existential anxiety in palliative care.