Entry Year


Major Area of Study

Behavioral Medicine


Niloofar Afari, PhD



Research Interests

The influence of stress on pain and obesity-related health and health behaviors; Mindfulness-based interventions for health and behavior change.

My research interests include:
1. Examining how stress influences health and engagement in health behaviors, especially those related to pain and obesity
2. Integrating technology and biological, physiological, or genetic measures with psychological and behavioral methods
3. The use of mindfulness-based interventions for health and behavior change

Representative Publications
  • Godfrey, K.M., Herbert, M., Strachan, E., Mostoufi, S., Crofford, L.J., Buchwald, D., Poeschla, B., Succop, A., & Afari, N. (2016) Dexamethasone-suppressed salivary cortisol, cold pain sensitivity, and conditioned pain modulation in female twins. The Clinical Journal of Pain. DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000398

  • Godfrey, K.M., Mostoufi, S., Rodgers, C., Backhaus, A., Floto, E., Pittman, J., & Afari, N. (2015). Associations of military sexual trauma, combat exposure, and number of deployments with physical and mental health indicators in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Psychological Services, 12(4): 366-377. DOI: 10.1037/ser0000059

  • Godfrey, K.M., Strachen, E., Mostoufi, S., Poeschla, B., Succop, A., & Afari, N. (2015). Familial contributions to self-reported pain and sleep in female twins. Pain Medicine 17(1), 33-39. DOI: 10.1111/pme.12894

  • Godfrey, K.M., Gallo, L.C., & Afari, N. (2015). Mindfulness-based interventions for binge eating: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38(2):348-62. DOI: 10.1007/s10865-014-9610-5

  • Mostoufi, S.M., Godfrey, K.M., Ahumada, S., Wright, L.J., Song, T., Hossain, N., Martinez, B., & Afari, N. (2014). Pain sensitivity in posttraumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders: A preliminary case control study. Annals of General Psychiatry, 13(31). DOI:10.1186/s12991-014-0031-1

  • Godfrey, K.M., Strachan, E., Danise, E., Crofford, L.J., Buchwald, D., Goldberg, J., Poeschla, B., Succop, A., Noonan, C., & Afari, N. (2014). Salivary cortisol and cold pain sensitivity in female twins. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 47(2), 180-188. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-013-9532-4

  • Godfrey, K.M., Lindamer, L.A., Mostoufi, S., & Afari, N. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder and health: A preliminary study of group differences in health and health behaviors. Annals of General Psychiatry, 12(1), 30. DOI: 10.1186/1744-859X-12-30

  • Student Travel Scholarship, 2017, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Pain SIG Honorable Mention Student Award, 2014, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Meritorious Student Abstract, 2014, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Pain SIG Student Award, 2012, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Meritorious Student Abstract, 2012, Society of Behavioral Medicine