James Close is a UK based clinical academic interested in the interface between physical and mental health. In 2018, he joined Imperial College London’s Centre for Psychedelic Research where he and has collaborated on several projects. His current doctoral research focuses on the potential role of psychedelic drugs in pain management, and the mechanisms of psilocybin in fibromyalgia. James’ clinical background is in physical therapy, and he continues to practice as part of a multidisciplinary team at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Pain Management Centre. Underpinning his work is a commitment to diversifying and integrating underrepresented voices in the running of both clinical pain services and psychedelic research.