Expert to discuss CIA mind control experiments

Colin A. Ross, an expert on dissociation and trauma-related disorders, will speak on “CIA Mind Control Experiments by American Psychiatrists: Creation of Multiple Personality Disorder in the Manchurian Candidate Programs” on Wednesday, May 2 at 4 p.m. in 227 Herter Hall.

Ross will describe CIA and military mind control experimentation by American psychologists and psychiatrists, including the use of hypnosis, LSD, sensory deprivation and isolation and brain electrode implants, and the creation of “‘Manchurian Candidate’ super spies.”

According to Ross, victims of the experiments included unwitting civilians, terminal cancer patients, imprisoned drug addicts, imprisoned sex offenders, psychiatric patients and military personnel. LSD experiments were conducted on children as young as 5 years old. Related biological and chemical warfare experiments were conducted on unwitting civilians including children, pregnant women and people in coma.

An internationally known clinician, researcher, author and lecturer, he is the founder and president of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma, which provides treatment for patients with dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder) and related trauma disorders at Timberlawn Mental Health System of Dallas, Texas.

His book, “Dissociative Identity Disorder. Diagnosis, Clinical Features and Treatment of Multiple Personality,” was published in 1989 and is regarded as one of the most comprehensive and important accounts of the subject ever written. A second edition was published in 1996. Ross is also the author of more than 100 professional papers and books. He has been a reviewer for numerous professional journals and grant agencies and is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.

The talk, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Psychology and the Psi Chi Honor Society as part of the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Psychology Conference on May 2-3. The conference will include undergraduate research poster presentations on May 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the Tobin-Bartlett breezeway.