Ashley Mason, PhD

Ashley Mason
Core Research Faculty, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine Co-Director, UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment Director, Biology and Experience of Eating Laboratory Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Bio

Areas of Interest

  • Food-craving experiences, stress-induced and reward-based eating
  • Adherence to dietary recommendations, particularly carbohydrate-restricted diets, in type 2 diabetes
  • Mindful eating interventions for problematic eating behavior
  • The role of the endogenous opioid system in overeating behavior
  • Psychosocial factors that shape metabolic risk among individuals care giving for a loved one

Experience and Current Work

Dr. Ashley Mason’s primary research interests focus on problematic eating behaviors and interventions for those behaviors. Her National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded K23 research focuses on the role of the endogenous opioid system in overeating behavior.

Her National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health-funded research uses ecological momentary assessment methodologies to assess food-craving experiences, and uses ecological momentary intervention components to de-couple the experience of craving from the action of indulging cravings.

She is also interested in investigating the psychosocial factors that shape metabolic risk among individuals who are caregivers for a loved one. These individuals are at increased risk for physical and psychological health problems and are a growing sector of the U.S. population. 

Her doctoral work focused on (1) predictors and correlates of psychological adjustment and physical health following divorce; and (2) interpersonal perceptions of psychological distress in the contexts of post-divorce recovery and social evaluative threat.

Education and Training

  • National Center for Contemplative and Integrative Health Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM) Postdoctoral Fellowship, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Clinical Internship, Behavioral Medicine Veterans Administration, Palo Alto Medical Health Care System 
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona
  • BA, Psychology and Sociology (double-major), Northwestern University 

Publications

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Grants

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