Ashley Mason, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    Northwestern University, Evanston, ILBA2006Psychology
    Northwestern University, Evanston, ILBA2006Sociology
    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZMA2009Clinical Psychology
    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZPhD2012Clinical Psychology
    VA Palo Alto Health Care / Stanford Center of Excellence, Palo Alto, CAResidency2013Behavioral Medicine
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CAPostdoctoral Fellow2016Integrative Behavioral Medicine

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    An experimental medicine approach toward the identification of a compulsive overeating phenotype in obesity
    NIH/NHLBI K23HL133442Aug 15, 2016 - Jul 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Radin RM, Mason AE, Laudenslager ML, Epel ES. Maternal caregivers have confluence of altered cortisol, high reward-driven eating, and worse metabolic health. PLoS One. 2019; 14(5):e0216541. PMID: 31075126.
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    2. Mason AE, Jhaveri K, Schleicher S, Almeida C, Hartman A, Wackerly A, Alba D, Koliwad SK, Epel ES, Aschbacher K. Sweet cognition: The differential effects of glucose consumption on attentional food bias in individuals of lean and obese status. Physiol Behav. 2019 Jul 01; 206:264-273. PMID: 31002858.
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    3. Mason AE. The burden of being poor: Stress at the belly of the matter. Brain Behav Immun. 2019 Mar 16. PMID: 30885842.
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    4. Mason AE, Saslow L, Moran PJ, Kim S, Abousleiman H, Hartman A, Richler R, Schleicher S, Hartogensis W, Epel ES, Hecht F. Examining the Effects of Mindful Eating Training on Adherence to a Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes (the DELISH Study): Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Feb 20; 8(2):e11002. PMID: 30545813.
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    5. Vainik U, Eun Han J, Epel ES, Janet Tomiyama A, Dagher A, Mason AE. Rapid Assessment of Reward-Related Eating: The RED-X5. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2019 Feb; 27(2):325-331. PMID: 30677261.
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    6. Mason AE, Adler JM, Puterman E, Lakmazaheri A, Brucker M, Aschbacher K, Epel ES. Stress resilience: Narrative identity may buffer the longitudinal effects of chronic caregiving stress on mental health and telomere shortening. Brain Behav Immun. 2019 Mar; 77:101-109. PMID: 30579939.
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    7. Brewer JA, Ruf A, Beccia AL, Essien GI, Finn LM, van Lutterveld R, Mason AE. Can Mindfulness Address Maladaptive Eating Behaviors? Why Traditional Diet Plans Fail and How New Mechanistic Insights May Lead to Novel Interventions. Front Psychol. 2018; 9:1418. PMID: 30250438.
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    8. Mason AE, Hecht FM, Daubenmier JJ, Sbarra DA, Lin J, Moran PJ, Schleicher SG, Acree M, Prather AA, Epel ES. Weight Loss Maintenance and Cellular Aging in the Supporting Health Through Nutrition and Exercise Study. Psychosom Med. 2018 Sep; 80(7):609-619. PMID: 29901486.
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    9. Cummings JR, Mason AE, Puterman E, Tomiyama AJ. Comfort Eating and All-Cause Mortality in the US Health and Retirement Study. Int J Behav Med. 2018 Aug; 25(4):473-478. PMID: 29243156.
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    10. Stanhope KL, Goran MI, Bosy-Westphal A, King JC, Schmidt LA, Schwarz JM, Stice E, Sylvetsky AC, Turnbaugh PJ, Bray GA, Gardner CD, Havel PJ, Malik V, Mason AE, Ravussin E, Rosenbaum M, Welsh JA, Allister-Price C, Sigala DM, Greenwood MRC, Astrup A, Krauss RM. Pathways and mechanisms linking dietary components to cardiometabolic disease: thinking beyond calories. Obes Rev. 2018 09; 19(9):1205-1235. PMID: 29761610.
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    11. Saslow L, Mason AE, Kim S, Goldman V, Ploutz-Snyder R, Bayandorian H, Daubenmier J, Hecht FM, Moskowitz JT. Authors' Reply: Comment on "An Online Intervention Comparing a Very Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations Versus a Plate Method Diet in Overweight Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial". J Med Internet Res. 2018 May 01; 20(5):e181. PMID: 29716886.
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    12. Mason AE, Schleicher S, Coccia M, Epel ES, Aschbacher K. Chronic Stress and Impulsive Risk-Taking Predict Increases in Visceral Fat over 18 Months. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 05; 26(5):869-876. PMID: 29566458.
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    13. Saslow LR, Daubenmier JJ, Moskowitz JT, Kim S, Murphy EJ, Phinney SD, Ploutz-Snyder R, Goldman V, Cox RM, Mason AE, Moran P, Hecht FM. Twelve-month outcomes of a randomized trial of a moderate-carbohydrate versus very low-carbohydrate diet in overweight adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus or prediabetes. Nutr Diabetes. 2017 12 21; 7(12):304. PMID: 29269731.
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    14. Mason AE, Jhaveri K, Cohn M, Brewer JA. Testing a mobile mindful eating intervention targeting craving-related eating: feasibility and proof of concept. J Behav Med. 2018 04; 41(2):160-173. PMID: 28918456.
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    15. Mason AE, Vainik U, Acree M, Tomiyama AJ, Dagher A, Epel ES, Hecht FM. Improving Assessment of the Spectrum of Reward-Related Eating: The RED-13. Front Psychol. 2017; 8:795. PMID: 28611698.
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    16. Heshmati S, Sbarra DA, Mason AE. The contemptuous separation: Facial expressions of emotion and breakups in young adulthood. Pers Relatsh. 2017 Jun; 24(2):453-469. PMID: 29249896.
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    17. Saslow LR, Mason AE, Kim S, Goldman V, Ploutz-Snyder R, Bayandorian H, Daubenmier J, Hecht FM, Moskowitz JT. An Online Intervention Comparing a Very Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations Versus a Plate Method Diet in Overweight Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2017 02 13; 19(2):e36. PMID: 28193599.
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    18. Adler E, Dhruva A, Moran PJ, Daubenmier J, Acree M, Epel ES, Bacchetti P, Prather AA, Mason A, Hecht FM. Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Weight-Loss Intervention on Sleep Quality Among Adults with Obesity: Data from the SHINE Randomized Controlled Trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar; 23(3):188-195. PMID: 28029852.
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    19. Mason AE, Epel ES, Aschbacher K, Lustig RH, Acree M, Kristeller J, Cohn M, Dallman M, Moran PJ, Bacchetti P, Laraia B, Hecht FM, Daubenmier J. Reduced reward-driven eating accounts for the impact of a mindfulness-based diet and exercise intervention on weight loss: Data from the SHINE randomized controlled trial. Appetite. 2016 May 01; 100:86-93. PMID: 26867697; PMCID: PMC4799744 [Available on 05/01/17].
    20. Mason AE, Epel ES, Kristeller J, Moran PJ, Dallman M, Lustig RH, Acree M, Bacchetti P, Laraia BA, Hecht FM, Daubenmier J. Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on mindful eating, sweets consumption, and fasting glucose levels in obese adults: data from the SHINE randomized controlled trial. J Behav Med. 2016 Apr; 39(2):201-13. PMID: 26563148; PMCID: PMC4801689 [Available on 04/01/17].
    21. Mason AE, Laraia B, Daubenmier J, Hecht FM, Lustig RH, Puterman E, Adler N, Dallman M, Kiernan M, Gearhardt AN, Epel ES. Putting the brakes on the "drive to eat": Pilot effects of naltrexone and reward-based eating on food cravings among obese women. Eat Behav. 2015 Dec; 19:53-6. PMID: 26164674; PMCID: PMC4644449 [Available on 12/01/16].
    22. Asher R, Mason AE, Weiner J, Fessler RG. The relationship between preoperative general mental health and postoperative quality of life in minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery. Neurosurgery. 2015 Jun; 76(6):672-9. PMID: 25714515.
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    23. Mason AE, Lustig RH, Brown RR, Acree M, Bacchetti P, Moran PJ, Dallman M, Laraia B, Adler N, Hecht FM, Daubenmier J, Epel ES. Acute responses to opioidergic blockade as a biomarker of hedonic eating among obese women enrolled in a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention trial. Appetite. 2015 Aug; 91:311-320. PMID: 25931433.
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    24. Tryon MS, Stanhope KL, Epel ES, Mason AE, Brown R, Medici V, Havel PJ, Laugero KD. Excessive Sugar Consumption May Be a Difficult Habit to Break: A View From the Brain and Body. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Jun; 100(6):2239-47. PMID: 25879513; PMCID: PMC4454811.
    25. Krietsch KN, Mason AE, Sbarra DA. Sleep complaints predict increases in resting blood pressure following marital separation. Health Psychol. 2014 Oct; 33(10):1204-13. PMID: 25020156.
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    26. Epel ES, Tomiyama AJ, Mason AE, Laraia BA, Hartman W, Ready K, Acree M, Adam TC, St Jeor S, Kessler D. The reward-based eating drive scale: a self-report index of reward-based eating. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e101350. PMID: 24979216; PMCID: PMC4076308.
    27. Mason AE, Boden MT, Cucciare MA. Prospective associations among approach coping, alcohol misuse and psychiatric symptoms among veterans receiving a brief alcohol intervention. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2014 May-Jun; 46(5):553-60. PMID: 24560128.
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    28. Sbarra DA, Boals A, Mason AE, Larson GM, Mehl MR. Expressive Writing Can Impede Emotional Recovery Following Marital Separation. Clin Psychol Sci. 2013 Mar 18; 1(2):120-134. PMID: 25606351.
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    29. Mason AE, Law RW, Bryan AE, Portley RM, Sbarra DA. Facing a breakup: Electromyographic responses moderate self-concept recovery following a romantic separation. Pers Relatsh. 2012 Sep; 19(3):551-568. PMID: 26167126.
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    30. Mason AE, Sbarra DA, Bryan AE, Lee LA. Staying connected when coming apart: The psychological correlates of contact and sex with an ex-partner. J Soc Clin Psychol. 2012 May; 31(5):488-507. PMID: 26166941.
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    31. Lee LA, Sbarra DA, Mason AE, Law RW. Attachment Anxiety, Verbal Immediacy, and Blood Pressure: Results from a Laboratory-Analogue Study Following Marital Separation. Pers Relatsh. 2011 Jun; 18(2):285-301. PMID: 21647240.
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    32. Mason AE, Sbarra DA, Mehl MR. Thin-slicing divorce: thirty seconds of information predict changes in psychological adjustment over 90 days. Psychol Sci. 2010 Oct; 21(10):1420-2. PMID: 20739671; PMCID: PMC4465234.
    33. Sbarra DA, Law RW, Lee LA, Mason AE. Marital dissolution and blood pressure reactivity: evidence for the specificity of emotional intrusion-hyperarousal and task-rated emotional difficulty. Psychosom Med. 2009 Jun; 71(5):532-40. PMID: 19414618; PMCID: PMC4467544.