Jonathan Ashar, TL1 Trainee, Publishes Article on Pain Reprocessing Therapy for CBP

Posted Date:
November 12, 2021

News and Congratulations

Congratulations to Jonathan “Yoni” Ashar, MA, PhD, on his publication with the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry on “Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain A Randomized Clinical Trial” in September 2021. The study research is on whether pain re-processing therapy (PRT) can change the view the patients have in regards to their back pain and offer long term relief for those suffering from CBP.

Dr. Ashar started his research with the CTSC in 2020, when he was awarded the TL1 Training award. His research aims to uncover “Neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms of a novel psychotherapy for chronic pain.” He is working to identify neurobiological treatment mechanisms; which will apply graph-theoretic and seed-based computational neuroimaging methods to resting state fMRI scans.

Yoni Ashar is currently working as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. His work is being guided by mentors Dr. Conor M. Liston, Professor of Developmental Psychology at Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Faith M. Gunning, Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medicine; and Dr Jun James Mao, Service Chief of Integrative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The CTSC TL1 Training Core Award Program supports early career development among pre- and early post-doctoral trainees by providing salary support, protected time, advanced degree training and practical skills necessary to conduct interdisciplinary Clinical and Translational Investigation in a team research environment.

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