Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Assistant Professor UCSD Behavioral Medicine
Address 858-642-1411 3350 La Jolla Village Drive / San Diego, CA 92161
Graduate Institution

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Research Description

I am broadly interested in the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions. My current focus is on mindfulness-based approaches for chronic pain, and utilize qualitative and quantitative (paper/pencil measures and EMA) methods to decipher how to maximize functional improvement. I also examine biopsychosocial factors associated with pain severity and pain interference in veteran and non-veteran populations. For more information, please email me.

Representative Publications
  • Herbert, M. S., Hernandez, J., Dochat, C., Pittman, J. O. E., & Afari, N. (accepted). Ethnic differences in the association between pain and social support in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Pain Medicine.

  • Herbert, M. S., Malaktaris, A. L., Dochat, C., Thomas, M. L., Wetherell, J., & Afari, N. (2019). Acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain: Does posttraumatic stress disorder influence treatment outcomes? Pain Medicine, 20(9), 1728-1736.

  • Herbert, M. S., Afari, N., Liu, L., Heppner, P., Rutledge, T., Williams, K., Eraly, S.,VanBuskirk, K., Nguyen, C., Bondi, M., Atkinson, J. H., Golshan, S., & Wetherell, J. L. (2017). Telehealth versus in-person acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain: A randomized non-inferiority trial. The Journal of Pain, 18(2), 200-211.


Niloofar Afari / Sonya Norman / Ariel Lang