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Ashley E. Mason, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Core Faculty at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health, Co-Director of the Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST), and Director of the UCSF Osher Center Sleep Group. She joined UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Health in the Fall of 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow. She completed her Clinical Internship in Behavioral Medicine at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona, and her undergraduate degrees at Northwestern University.

She is the principal investigator on federally funded projects from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Department of Defense. The overarching theme of her work is developing non-pharmacologic interventions to improve psychological and physical health outcomes. To this end, her work has focused on (1) the biology and experience of eating, in particular, of craving and craving-related eating, in the service of improving glycemic control in diabetes, increasing weight loss and reducing binge eating in obesity, and reducing sugar consumption overall, (2) developing whole-body hyperthermia protocols for the treatment of clinical depression, and (3) using wearable devices to assess changes in physiological metrics, in particular body temperature, as either predictors of illness or as correlates of changes in depression symptoms.

At the end of this activity learners will be able to:

  • Describe whole-body hyperthermia and to explain how it has been used in the treatment of depression
  • Explain how temperature and depression may be correlated
  • Describe several traditional heat practices evident across cultures.

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Accreditation Statement: 

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians and allied health professionals. 

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. This credit maximum reflects all Osher Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds to be offered in Fiscal Year 2021. UCSF designates each live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Learners should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Acupuncturists: This live activity is approved by the State of California Acupuncture Board for 1 hour of Category 1 CE course credit (provider number 1377).

CME Disclosure Statement:

Planners: Shelley Adler, PhD; Selena Chan, DO; Anand Dhruva, MD; and Sarah Patterson, MD, have no relationships to disclose.

Speaker: Dr. Mason has disclosed that she is currently serving as an advisor for Oura Health Oy and received research support from them within the last 12 months.

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