Ashley Mason, PhD

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry
+1 415 514-6820

Ashley Mason, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF. She is core research faculty at the UCSF Osher Center and a provider in the UCSF Osher Center Clinic. She is the Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST). She is Director of the UCSF Sleep, Affect, and Eating (SEA) Lab. She is primarily a researcher (80% time) but also does clinical work (20% time).

Research Focuses: Learn more at sealab.ucsf.edu
- Food cravings and overeating
- Role of endogenous opioid system in binge eating and obesity
- Adherence to ketogenic diet in Type 2 Diabetes
- Effects of ketogenic diet on cardiovascular health
- Impact of stress on metabolic health and biological aging
- Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) methods
- Effects of sugar on body and brain
- Thermogregulatory processes among individuals with depression

Clinical Work: Learn more (including insurance coverage) at oshersleepgroup.ucsf.edu
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
- Offers 6 groups focused on sleep problems per year
- Maintains small individual practice for people with sleep problems
- Can see patients in person (Mt. Zion) or over Zoom
- Covered for sleep treatment by medicare

Publications: 

Intervention Enhancement Strategies Among Adults With Type 2 Diabetes in a Very Low-Carbohydrate Web-Based Program: Evaluating the Impact With a Randomized Trial.

JMIR diabetes

Saslow LR, Moskowitz JT, Mason AE, Daubenmier J, Liestenfeltz B, Missel AL, Bayandorian H, Aikens JE, Kim S, Hecht FM

Treating binge eating and food addiction symptoms with low-carbohydrate Ketogenic diets: a case series.

Journal of eating disorders

Carmen M, Safer DL, Saslow LR, Kalayjian T, Mason AE, Westman EC, Sethi Dalai S

Correction: 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 research protocols

Mason AE, Saslow L, Moran PJ, Kim S, Wali PK, Abousleiman H, Hartman A, Richler R, Schleicher S, Hartogensis W, Epel ES, Hecht F

Correction to: Lipid findings from the Diabetes Education to Lower Insulin, Sugars, and Hunger (DELISH) Study.

Nutrition & metabolism

Mason AE, Saslow LR, Moran PJ, Kim S, Wali PK, Abousleiman H, Richler R, Schleicher S, Goldman VM, Hartman A, Leung C, Hartogensis W, Hecht FM

Do stress eating or compulsive eating influence metabolic health in a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention?

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Radin RM, Epel ES, Daubenmier J, Moran P, Schleicher S, Kristeller J, Hecht FM, Mason AE

Association of a Workplace Sales Ban on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages With Employee Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Health.

JAMA internal medicine

Epel ES, Hartman A, Jacobs LM, Leung C, Cohn MA, Jensen L, Ishkanian L, Wojcicki J, Mason AE, Lustig RH, Stanhope KL, Schmidt LA

Stringency in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) criteria and application in clinical study

Journal of Infertility and Reproductive Biology

Schneider, C., Huddleson, H., Masharani, U., Mason, A.E., & Frassetto, L.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mindfulness-Based Weight Loss Intervention on Cardiovascular Reactivity to Social-Evaluative Threat Among Adults with Obesity.

Mindfulness

Daubenmier J, Epel ES, Moran PJ, Thompson J, Mason AE, Acree M, Goldman V, Kristeller J, Hecht FM, Mendes WB

Lipid findings from the Diabetes Education to Lower Insulin, Sugars, and Hunger (DELISH) Study.

Nutrition & metabolism

Mason AE, Saslow LR, Moran PJ, Kim S, Abousleiman H, Richler R, Schleicher S, Goldman VM, Hartman A, Leung C, Hartogensis W, Hecht FM

Sweet cognition: The differential effects of glucose consumption on attentional food bias in individuals of lean and obese status.

Physiology & behavior

Mason AE, Jhaveri K, Schleicher S, Almeida C, Hartman A, Wackerly A, Alba D, Koliwad SK, Epel ES, Aschbacher K

The burden of being poor: Stress at the belly of the matter.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Mason AE

Examining the Effects of Mindful Eating Training on Adherence to a Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet in Type 2 Diabetes: the DELISH Study Protocol.

JMIR research protocols

Mason AE, Saslow L, Moran PJ, Kim S, Abousleiman H, Hartman A, Richler R, Schleicher S, Hartogensis W, Epel ES, Hecht F

Rapid Assessment of Reward-Related Eating: The RED-X5.

Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)

Vainik U, Eun Han J, Epel ES, Janet Tomiyama A, Dagher A, Mason AE

Stress Resilience: Narrative Identity May Buffer the Longitudinal Effects of Chronic Caregiving Stress on Mental Health and Telomere Shortening.

Brain, behavior, and immunity

Mason AE, Adler JM, Puterman E, Lakmazaheri A, Brucker M, Aschbacher K, Epel ES

Can Mindfulness Address Maladaptive Eating Behaviors? Why Traditional Diet Plans Fail and How New Mechanistic Insights May Lead to Novel Interventions.

Frontiers in psychology

Brewer JA, Ruf A, Beccia AL, Essien GI, Finn LM, van Lutterveld R, Mason AE

Weight loss, weight-loss maintenance, and cellular aging in the Supporting Health through Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) Study.

Psychosomatic medicine

Mason AE, Hecht FM, Daubenmier JJ, Sbarra DA, Lin J, Moran PJ, Schleicher SG, Acree M, Prather AA, Epel ES

Comfort Eating and All-Cause Mortality in the US Health and Retirement Study.

International journal of behavioral medicine

Cummings JR, Mason AE, Puterman E, Tomiyama AJ

Pathways and mechanisms linking dietary components to cardiometabolic disease: thinking beyond calories.

Obesity reviews : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity

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

Chronic Stress and Impulsive Risk-Taking Predict Increases in Visceral Fat over 18 Months.

Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)

Mason AE, Schleicher S, Coccia M, Epel ES, Aschbacher K

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.

Nutrition & diabetes

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

Improving Assessment of the Spectrum of Reward-Related Eating: The RED-13.

Frontiers in psychology

Mason AE, Vainik U, Acree M, Tomiyama AJ, Dagher A, Epel ES, Hecht FM

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.

Journal of medical Internet research

Saslow LR, Mason AE, Kim S, Goldman V, Ploutz-Snyder R, Bayandorian H, Daubenmier J, Hecht FM, Moskowitz JT

Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Weight-Loss Intervention on Sleep Quality Among Adults with Obesity: Data from the SHINE Randomized Controlled Trial.

Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)

Adler E, Dhruva A, Moran PJ, Daubenmier J, Acree M, Epel ES, Bacchetti P, Prather AA, Mason A, Hecht FM

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

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

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.

Journal of behavioral medicine

Mason AE, Epel ES, Kristeller J, Moran PJ, Dallman M, Lustig RH, Acree M, Bacchetti P, Laraia BA, Hecht FM, Daubenmier J

Putting the brakes on the "drive to eat": Pilot effects of naltrexone and reward-based eating on food cravings among obese women.

Eating behaviors

Mason AE, Laraia B, Daubenmier J, Hecht FM, Lustig RH, Puterman E, Adler N, Dallman M, Kiernan M, Gearhardt AN, 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

Mason AE, Lustig RH, Brown RR, Acree M, Bacchetti P, Moran PJ, Dallman M, Laraia B, Adler N, Hecht FM, Daubenmier J, Epel ES

Excessive Sugar Consumption May Be a Difficult Habit to Break: A View From the Brain and Body.

The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism

Tryon MS, Stanhope KL, Epel ES, Mason AE, Brown R, Medici V, Havel PJ, Laugero KD

Sleep complaints predict increases in resting blood pressure following marital separation.

Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Krietsch KN, Mason AE, Sbarra DA

The reward-based eating drive scale: a self-report index of reward-based eating.

PloS one

Epel ES, Tomiyama AJ, Mason AE, Laraia BA, Hartman W, Ready K, Acree M, Adam TC, St Jeor S, Kessler D

Expressive Writing Can Impede Emotional Recovery Following Marital Separation.

Clinical psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science

Sbarra DA, Boals A, Mason AE, Larson GM, Mehl MR

Facing a breakup: Electromyographic responses moderate self-concept recovery following a romantic separation.

Personal Relationships

Mason AE, Law RW, Bryan AE, Portley RM, Sbarra DA

Staying connected when coming apart: The psychological correlates of contact and sex with an ex-partner.

Journal of social and clinical psychology

Mason AE, Sbarra DA, Bryan AE, Lee LA