Monica Taing, Medical Monitor (MAPS PBC)

Monica earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy studies in 2015 from Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and earned her doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) from Northeastern in 2016. She will graduate with a master of science in medical cannabis science and therapeutics, from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, in May 2022. Before joining the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), Monica gained clinical cannabis experience working as a medical science liaison for 4Front Ventures and then Holistic Industries. She works with licensed healthcare professionals, researchers, and dispensaries to educate on patient safety, healthcare provider training, and the science of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). She also worked as a clinical consultant specialist for Columbia University’s Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education Training Center (AETC).

At MAPS PBC, Monica is currently serving as a medical monitor, researching the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is working on whole plant medicine education and assessing the psychological effects of MDMA in healthy volunteers in a placebo-controlled, double-blind, multi-site crossover study and an open-label, multi-site study. Monica is passionate about data-driven drug policy reform and harm reduction advocacy. She joined MAPS PBC to contribute to the psychedelic and medical cannabis research renaissance and help catalyze ending the war on drugs. In her free time, Monica enjoys reading, doing yoga, swimming, cycling, camping, canoeing, and walking her dog.