Research Fellows

Postdoctoral:

Predoctoral:


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Eve Ekman, PhD
Osher Fellow, NCCIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

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Eve Ekman’s research interests were inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital, coupled with her training in the applied emotion regulation and mindfulness intervention, Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB). Eve received her masters degree from UC Berkeley in 2006, where she also received her doctorate from the Department of Social Welfare. Her dissertation case study, “Inside Insight, Opportunities for Meaning, Empathy and the Obstacles of Stress: An Exploratory Study and Pilot Training Among Juvenile Justice Officers,” provided an adapted CEB training for frontline juvenile justice staff (available online).

At the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Eve has been developing, delivering and evaluating a curriculum for residents called Supporting Provider Resilience by Upping Compassion and Empathy (SPRUCE). SPRUCE supports graduate medical education competencies of professionalism, empathy and interpersonal communication for medical resident learners.  This curriculum is also based in CEB, with a combination of brief guided mediation and emotion regulation training in a supportive group setting. Eve is also piloting EmoTrak, an ecological momentary assessment of emotion, to track the daily experiences of residents throughout their busy work days. Eve, along with her father Dr. Paul Ekman, spent the last three years creating an emotion awareness training tool at the request of the Dalai Lama, the Atlas of Emotions.


Dr. Eve Ekman: “The Alchemy of Empathy: Transforming Stress into Meaning at Work “


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Burcu Hasdemir, PhD
Osher Fellow, NCCIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

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Burcu Hasdemir holds a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the University of Liverpool in the UK. She came to UCSF for her postdoctoral training in the field of G-protein coupled receptors and inflammatory diseases. Her specific focus has been on neuropeptides and receptors involved in the body’s response to chronic stress. During the course of her training, she developed an increasing interest in the physiology behind the mind-body connection. As a TRIM postdoctoral fellow, she hopes to build on her interests in Integrative Medicine research and investigate the effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on pregnancy and fetal health. To delineate the molecular and cellular effects of MBSR during pregnancy, she is studying the human placenta and related tissues in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF.


Dr. Burcu Hasdemir at the 2016 Postdoc Slam:
“Relaxed or Stressed?
The Placenta Foretells the Fetal Future”


Jason Thompson.

Jason Thompson, PhD
Osher Fellow, NCCIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

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Jason Thompson, PhD is a clinical psychologist whose research interests focus on the scope of compassion and mindfulness-based interventions to buffer or repair the adverse impact of toxic stress and trauma. Jason’s doctoral dissertation investigated the neural and linguistic correlates of decentering, a mechanism of mindfulness.

He completed his predoctoral internship and clinical postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital Child and Adolescent Services multicultural clinical training program. Prior to psychology, he worked as a journalist in the UK and as a public school teacher in Oakland. He has practiced Zen meditation and hatha yoga for ten years, and is an ultramarathon runner.

At the Osher Center, Jason is developing a school-based intervention for trauma-exposed adolescents, integrating contemplative practices and social justice-oriented education. His TRIM fellowship research includes collaboration with and learning from UCSF researchers in two labs, one focused on a neuroimaging analysis of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for treatment-resistant depression (Dr. Daniel Mathalon, PI), and the other on the biological embedding of toxic stress (Drs. Nicki Bush and Tom Boyce, PIs). He hopes to integrate learning from these two domains to enhance scientific understanding of child and adolescent trauma and its principles of therapeutic recovery, and generate strategies to increase equitable access to effective trauma intervention.


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Maya Mascarenhas, MPH
Osher Fellow, NCCIH Predoctoral Training Program in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF
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Maya Mascarenhas’ research centers on understanding how to increase and maintain healthy behaviors over the lifespan. She plans to focus on physical activity and is interested in the role of mindfulness as a potential mediator of this behavior. Maya is also interested in using technology to develop and test physical activity interventions. More broadly, she wants to explore the role of technology as a tool for developing user centered interventions that have the potential to scale.

Maya graduated with an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from UC Berkeley. She is currently a PhD student in the UCSF Epidemiology and Translational Science doctoral program.

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