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The Ashar Lab

The Ashar lab research has two overarching aims: to understand how beliefs and emotions engage physiological pathways to promote health, and to develop novel psychological and neurobiological interventions. Our main focus is chronic pain, especially the study of psychological treatments that can reduce or eliminate pain. Our employ a range of behavioral, biological, and computational tools, including functional MRI, clinical trials, statistical learning, body mapping of emotion, natural language processing methods, and reinforcement learning models. Open science principles, inclusive and responsive research, and interdisciplinary collaboration are pillars of our research.


Dr. Yoni Ashar

Yoni K. Ashar, PhD is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder and an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine. Yoni’s research uses functional MRI brain imaging, natural language processing, and other clinical and computational tools to understand how mind and brain processes influence health, especially chronic pain. A main research focus is investigating a new class of psychological and neuroscience-based treatments aiming for recovery from chronic pain.

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