Research Fellowships

Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM) program

The UCSF Osher Center’s Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM) program is a research fellowship funded by a T32 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. 

The objective of the TRIM program is to train outstanding pre- and postdoctoral behavioral and social scientists, physicians, and other qualified health professionals to design and conduct rigorous clinical research so that they can become innovative, independent investigators and scholars in integrative medicine research. Since its inception in 2007, the TRIM program has been highly successful in producing accomplished research scientists. Nine postdoctoral fellows associated with our program have received prestigious NIH mentored training grants (K awards). 


The Osher Center’s TRIM program: 

Leverages the extensive research training infrastructure and diverse, collaborative biomedical research enterprise at UCSF to provide rigorous and broad training in clinical research methodologies, including clinical trial design and advanced biostatistics.
Operates in a vibrant integrative medicine center at UCSF with strong programs in research, clinical practice, and education, which grounds fellows in a variety of aspects of integrative medicine.
Engages a dedicated faculty with extensive expertise in mentoring and knowledge of a range of a broad range of domains in integrative medicine, behavioral health, biostatistics and research design, qualitative research, and health services.
Provides a supportive, collaborative, diverse learning environment in which to develop your potential as a researcher. 

Research Fellowship Programs

The following pages provide more specific program details, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for our pre- and postdoctoral fellowships.

Fellowship Faculty

The T32 Faculty consists of members representing diverse disciplines, including medicine, psychology, anthropology, psychoneuroendocrinology, women’s health, health services research, medical ethics, psychiatry, and education. The program also has clinical advisory faculty to advise trainees on integrative approaches relevant to their research.

Program Directors

 Areas of Interest

Rick Hecht, MD

Mind-body research, including mindfulness-based interventions and yoga, clinical research methodology and use of biomarkers, obesity, diabetes, and HIV

Shelley R. Adler, PhD

Medical anthropology, integrative end-of-life and palliative care, medical and interprofessional education, healthcare for underserved communities, diversity/equity/inclusion


Core Faculty

Areas of Interest

Aditi Bhargava, PhD 

Molecular biology, neurobiology of digestive diseases, stress biology

Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA

Health disparities, acupuncture, pain 

Margaret Chesney, PhD

Behavioral sciences

Anand Dhruva, MD

Ayurveda, yoga, integrative oncology

Jennifer Felder, PhD

Mindfulness-based interventions, pregnancy, women’s health, depression, sleep, behavioral health 

Ashley Mason, PhD

Reward-based and/or stress-induced eating, obesity, sleep, behavioral health 

Wolf Mehling, MD

Manual medicine, back pain, interoceptive awareness

Helen Weng, PhD

Social neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging, mindfulness and compassion meditation interventions


Affiliated Faculty

Areas of Interest

Peter Bacchetti, PhD 


Stephen Bent, MD 

Safety and efficacy of botanicals

Elissa Epel, PhD 

Psychoneuroendocrinology, stress, aging, mindfulness interventions

Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD 

Cognitive neuroscience, brain assessment and optimization tools

Mallory Johnson, PhD 

Clinical health psychology

Alka Kanaya, MD 

Metabolism and obesity

Anne Lown, DrPH  

Acupuncture, effects of poverty on health, psychosocial consequences of trauma

Daniel Mathalon, PhD, MD

EEG and functional magnetic resonance imaging methods

Wendy Mendes, PhD

Emotion, social psychophysiology, biological psychology

Patricia O'Sullivan, EdD

Medical education research

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