Ph.D
phone: 2509523207

Director, Problematic Substance Use Prevention – BC Ministry of Health   

Kenneth Tupper is Director, Problematic Substance Use Prevention at the British Columbia Ministry of Health, a position he has had since 2003. In 2011, Kenneth received a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include pubilc health policy, health education, history and philosophy of science, drug policy reform and psychedelic stuides.

Tupper, K. W. (forthcoming). Sex, drugs & the honour roll: The perennial challenges of addressing moral purity issues in schools. Critical Public Health.

Thomas, G., Lucas, P., Capler, N. R., Tupper, K. W., & Martin, G. (2013). Ayahuasca-assisted therapy for addiction: Results from a preliminary observational study in Canada. Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 6(1), 1-13.

Tupper, K.W. (2012). Psychoactive substances and the English language: “Drugs,” discourses and public policy. Contemporary Drug Problems, 39(3), 461-492.

Tupper, K.W. & Labate, B.C. (2012). Plants, psychoactive substances, and the INCB: The control of nature and the nature of control. Human Rights and Drugs, 2(1), 17-28.

Anderson, B. T., Labate, B. C., Meyer, M., Tupper, K. W., Barbosa, P. C. R., Grob, C. S., et al. (2012). Statement on ayahuasca. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23(3), 173-175.

Tupper, K. W. (2011). Ayahuasca in Canada: Cultural phenomenon and policy issue. In B. C. Labate & H. Jungaberle (Eds.), The internationalization of ayahuasca (pp. 319-325). Zurich: Lit Verlag.

Tupper, K. W. (2009). Entheogenic healing: The spiritual effects and therapeutic potential of ceremonial ayahuasca use. In J. H. Ellens (Ed.), The healing power of spirituality: How faith helps humans thrive (Vol. 3, pp. 269-282). Westport, CT: Praeger.

Tupper, K.W. (2009). Ayahuasca healing beyond the Amazon: The globalization of a traditional indigenous entheogenic practice. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, 9(1), 117-136.

Tupper, K.W. (2008). The globalization of ayahuasca: Harm reduction or benefit maximization? International Journal of Drug Policy, 19(4), 297-303.

Tupper, K.W. (2008). Teaching teachers to just say “know”: Reflections on drug education. Teaching and Teacher Education, 24(2), 356-367.

Tupper, K. W. (2008). Drugs, discourses and education: A critical discourse analysis of a high school drug education text. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 29(2), 223-238

Tupper, K.W. (2003). Entheogens and education: Exploring the potential of psychoactives as educational tools. Journal of Drug Education and Awareness. 1(2), 145-161.

Tupper, K.W. (2002). Entheogens and existential intelligence: The use of plant teachers as cognitive tools. Canadian Journal of Education. 27(4), 499-516.