Reclaiming medicine through decolonization, consulting, advocacy, praxis, and research. We strive for multi-level healing and liberation for ourselves and our communities.
We are empowering communities and driving systemic change through education, scientific research, creative action, and community care. Above all, we are a collective of radical changemakers - scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, artists, healers, and community leaders united by a commitment to health equity, healing justice, and progressive change. We practice decolonization to heal ourselves, our relationships, our communities, and push the limits on our innovation. We apply 'systematic decolonization' to dissect systems of oppression and rewire the colonial institutions that gatekeep power and access.
Meet the Collective
Our leadership team driving forward the vision.
Babatunde (Tubde) Aideyan, PhD
I am currently a counseling psychology doctoral student at Northeastern University, an aspiring mental health technologist, and training to be a psychedelic psychotherapist.
My interests and professional, academic, and personal experiences have nurtured within me an analytic mindset for synthesizing information and uncovering crucial findings, as well as the empathy and interpersonal skills for building relationships with individuals and communities, and strengthening the mental healthcare teams that support them.
I am deeply inspired by current progress in digital mental health and psychedelic psychotherapy. Therefore, I am utilizing deep learning, the foremost contemporary artificial intelligence technology, in my dissertation to analyze retinal imaging. I'm also certified in the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA Therapy Training Program.
Implementing technological infrastructure in mental health may exponentially increase access to mental healthcare, making treatment options more available for underserved groups. Psychedelic therapies have the potential to treat complex traumas of individuals who have been distressed by poverty and the inequitable social systems. I aspire to be a leader in the development and implementation of these burgeoning and innovative models in mental healthcare
Tegan M. Carr, Founder & CEO
I established The Medicine Objective to empower our work at the intersections of academia, decolonization, and community health. I work through functional decolonization (FD). I hold BAs in anthropology and psychology with coursework in neuroscience, linguistics, and applied behavioral analysis (UMN). I'm an alumna-scholar of the AAAP REACH Program and hold a Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies/Research (CIIS). I attended the UMN Medical School for 3 years and served as MD-student Chief Diversity Officer. Following the local murder of George Floyd, I moved academic medicine reform and was honored with the AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Scholarship and MAPF 'Student Leader of the Year' award.
I research BIPOC health and sociocultural aspects of psychedelic therapies through decolonized, community-engaged, and person-centered methodologies. My other leadership roles include: President, White Coats 4 Black Lives Minneapolis Chapter | Founder & Chair, Northern Lights Psychedelic Research Collaborative (UMN) | Council Member, HealthPartners Institute Community Advisory Council | Founding Member, Good Medicine Lodge healers collective
Sally Jeon, MD Candidate
I am a health equity and justice advocate and educator, and current medical student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. My life work is to align myself with communities most impacted by systems of oppression and to explore sustainable strategies in collective healing. I am particularly passionate about supporting the health and well-being of those most impacted by various modalities of displacement, separation, and othering. I bring with me years of experience in education, operations, and project management experience with diverse health and academic/schooling systems.
I believe that decolonization in practice can serve as one of many steps towards a more liberated being in our healing journeys. Other important interconnected learnings that I bring with me to this work are harm reduction, emergent strategy, transformative justice, abolition, critical consciousness & education, collectivity, radical healing, trauma-informed care, and intersectionality. I would not be who I am and where I am today without my community; I envision a world in which all people can feel belonging, connection, and safety as they are in their communities.
The Medicine Objective family, helping us ground & grow.
I am an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and work as a Tribal Community Facilitator for the University of Minnesota Extension. I'm part of the American Indian Resource and Resiliency Team addressing the opioid crisis by increasing capital recovery in Tribal communities. My work is to help people from all backgrounds understand the root of historical and intergenerational trauma and the correlation to the challenges we face today. I wholeheartedly believe that to heal ourselves moving forward, we must understand the past. I'm an advocate for mental health and passionate about understanding trauma, psychedelics and plant medicines for healing and wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Outside of my work, I am busy traveling, learning all that I can, and loving my two cats; Janet & Wildman.
Logan Caola, MS
A postgraduate graduate with a Master's of Science in Psychology Research from Lancaster University. I possess relevant professional experience gained during three independent research projects with two reputable universities, obtaining crucial insight into the research design, analysis, and reporting of findings. I am currently a research professional with the University of Minnesota, who’s responsibilities include those of a clinical research coordinator and a regulatory specialist. Through my various research roles I have found my focus area of study to be anxiety/depression work and how they impact the process of the brain. My masters dissertation work and current work with the UMN have let me see firsthand how these diagnoses affect neural processes. I've joined with TMO to further develop my understanding of the brain and how psychedelics affect these processes."
Jessica Nielson, PhD
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, jointly appointed in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Health Informatics. I'm the Principal Investigator on the first psilocybin clinical trial in Minnesota, investigating how psilocybin changes visual perception and mapping the therapeutic time window for neuroplastic changes using brain imaging (NCT04424225). I have also been conducting clinical research with ayahuasca to treat PTSD for the past 10 years, in collaboration with MAPS, and computational psychiatry research with neuropsychiatric clinical data repositories covering such conditions as PTSD, depression, addiction, and traumatic brain injury (NIMH R01 MH116156). I am the founder and executive director of the Psychedelic Society of Minnesota, a local nonprofit organization focused on education and harm reduction in the psychedelic community, and the Innovation Alchemist at Big Psych, a local activist and education organization in Minneapolis that centers everyday people in the plant medicine community.
Ricardo Battaglino, PhD
I am a researcher with a decolonized mindset and a South American point of view who acknowledges and challenges the ongoing effects of colonization in the region, and seeks to restore and center the knowledge, perspectives, and voices of Black and Indigenous peoples recognizing their contributions to the region's culture, history, and identity. I seek to challenge colonial structures, acknowledge historical trauma, promote intercultural dialogue, embrace diversity and promote sustainable and equitable forms of development in the region. I also recognize the interconnectedness of all life on Earth and acknowledge the importance of living in harmony with the natural world.