SEA Lab Members

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ASHLEY E. MASON, PHD

Laboratory Director

Ashley E. Mason is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Core Faculty at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, 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 Medicine 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.

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ANOUSHKA CHOWDHARY, BA

Laboratory Manager

Anoushka joined the lab in September 2019. She got her B.A. in Psychology with Honors from the University of Chicago and aims to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in Fall 2021. At the SEA Lab, Anoushka is the research coordinator for the HEAT BED Study which aims to test the feasibility and acceptability of up to 8 sauna sessions in patients with clinical depression as a potential treatment. She was also a co-coordinator for the TemPredict Study which was a large-scale global study that involved the use of wearable sensors for the early detection of COVID-19 symptoms.  For Dr. Mason’s Sleep Group, Anoushka is developing a digital sleep calculator and online lectures. 

CLAUDINE ANGLO, BS

Senior Research Assistant

Claudine joined the SEA Lab in August 2020 after working three years in a lab focused on neurodevelopmental disorders at the UC Davis MIND Institute. She received her B.S. in Human Development with a minor in Psychology from UC Davis. She is currently a co-coordinator for the HEAT BED Study and helped coordinate the TemPredict Study in the past. Claudine aspires to be a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and plans to attend graduate school in Fall 2021. During her time in the SEA Lab, Claudine wants to learn more about mind-body research in hopes to develop knowledge and skills that will assist in her future career as a mental health clinician.

CHELSEA SIWIK, PHD

TRIM Postdoctoral Fellow

Chelsea Siwik joined UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the SEA Lab in August 2020. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville, completed her clinical internship/residency in Behavioral Medicine at the University of Washington, and her undergraduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research interests center on the intersection of the psychosocial and biological pathways of stress, health, and resilience as well as developing and testing interventions. As a T-32 Post-Doctoral Scholar-Fellow, she is working with Drs. Ashley Mason and Rick Hecht to elucidate biopsychosocial changes on an intraindividual level to inform precision, person-centered, and integrative mind-body medicine. She has over 5 years of clinical experience and is working toward obtaining her clinical licensure. 

LEENA PANDYA, ND

Volunteer Research Assistant

Leena Pandya is a newer addition to the lab, joining in October 2020. She earned her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology & Behavior from Cornell University, after which she pursued her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University and completed her residency at an outpatient integrative neurology clinic. Leena has contributed to various research projects in the past at the NIH's National Cancer Institute, UW-Harborview, and both her alma maters. Currently, she is a practicing Naturopathic Doctor specializing in lifestyle medicine, herbal remedies for primary care concerns, and regenerative joint therapies. Her most recent research interests include non-pharmacological options for metabolic syndrome and non-opiate solutions for pain. At the SEA Lab, she assisted with the TemPredict study and is currently working on the HEAT BED study.

LINDSEY FOX, BA

Research Assistant

Lindsey joined the SEA Lab in March 2021. She is a research assistant for the HEAT BED study and a clinical research coordinator for a UCSF mindfulness study. In the past, she has worked with the lab on the TemPredict study as well. Lindsey received her B.A., with honors, in Sociology at California State University, East Bay after working as a fitness trainer for 10 years. She has worked on an array of studies including an examination of whether increased aerobic exercise can increase cellular markers of health; a study of breathing interventions as a factor to improve stress resilience; examination of the effects of brief app-based mindfulness practices on your well-being and stress, and a study of transgender healthcare in family planning clinics. She continues to work on research that focuses on pathways for improving health and the healthcare system. Lindsey’s passion for research, understanding people, and discovering ways to improve overall well-being continues to fuel her career and daily life.