Jennifer Daubenmier

Jennifer Daubenmier

Core Faculty
Co-director IHHS
Location: HSS 339


Jennifer Daubenmier, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Holistic Health Studies Program. She received her doctorate in Social Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 with an interest in Buddhist Psychology and was Assistant Professor at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, for 9 years until 2016. She conducts clinical trial research on the impact of Eastern mind-body healing practices, including meditation and yoga, on psychological well-being and health outcomes among individuals with stress-related health conditions, such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and prostate cancer. She has published 45 research articles in high-impact journals, including Lancent Oncology, Psychosomatic Medicine, Health Psychology, Psychoneuroendocrinology, and Obesity. Her research has also been featured in public media, including an Emmy-nominated HBO Documentary Film Series on obesity, “The Weight of the Nation,” NBC Nightly News, TIME, Consumer Reports, and U.S. News and World Report, along with numerous other news outlets and magazines.  In 2015, she was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award to study Tibetan medical and Buddhist perspectives of the mind-body relationship in Dharamsala, India, where she began to study Tibetan medicine. More recently, she has become interested in applying a social justice lens to the study of contemplative practices in order to address health inequities and enhance commitment to social justice movements. She currently teaches courses on meditation and mind-body healing methods from traditional Asian medical perspectives at SF State.


  • Daubenmier, J., Chao, M., Hartogensis, W., Liu, R., Moran, P., Acree, M., Kristeller, J., Epel, E.S., and Hecht, F.M. (2020).  Exploratory analysis of racial/ethnic and educational differences in a randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention. Psychosomatic Medicine,  Epub ahead of print doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000859 . Retrieved from,
  • Daubenmier, J., Koenig, C.J., Evans, M., Moore, L., and Eliason, M (2020). Reflections on developing a campus-wide workshop series on contemplative practice and social justice. Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, 7, 49-73.
  • Daubenmier, J., Epel, E.S., Moran, P., Mason, A.E., Acree, M., Goldman, M., Kristeller, J., Hecht, F.M., Mendes, W. A randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention on cardiovascular reactivity to social-evaluative threat among adults with obesity. Mindfulness, 10, 2583-2595. Retrieved from,
  • Radin, R.M., Epel, E., Daubenmier, J., Moran, P.M., Schleicher, S., Kristeller, J., Hecht, F.M., Mason, A.E. Does stress or compulsive eating influence metabolic health in a mindfulness-based weight loss program? Health Psychology, 39, 147-158. Retrieved from,
  • Saslow, L.R., Daubenmier, J., Moskowitz, J.T., Kim, S., Murphy, E.J., Phinny, S.D., Ploutz-Snyder, R., Goldman, V., Cox, R.M., Mason, A.E., Moran, P., Hecht, F.M. (2017). Twelve-month outcomes of a randomized trial of a moderate-carbohydrate verses very low-carbohydrate diet in overweight adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus or prediabetes. Nutrition and Diabetes, 7 (12): 304. Retrieved from,
  • Daubenmier, J. Moran, P.J., Kristeller, J., Acree, M, Bacchetti, P, Kemeny, ME, Dallman, M., Lustig, RH, Grunfeld C, Nixon, DF, Milush, JM, Goldman V, Laraia B, Laugero K, Woodhouse L, Epel E, Hecht FM (2016). Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Weight Loss Intervention in Adults with Obesity: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Obesity, 24, 794-804.  Retrieved from,
  • Mason, A.E., Epel, E.E., Kristeller, J., Moran P.J., Dallman, M., Lustig, R.H., Acree, M., Bachhetti, P., Laraia, B.A., Hecht, F.M., Daubenmier, J. (2016). 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, 39, 201-213. Retrieved from,
  • Farb, N., Daubenmier, J., Price, C.J., Gard, T., Kerr, C., Dunn, B.D., Klein, A.C., Paulus, M.P., Mehling, W.E. (2015). Interoception, contemplative practice, and health. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:763. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00763. Retrieved from,
  • Tomiyama, A.J., Epel, E.S., McClatchey, T.M., Poelke, G., Kemeny, M.E., McCoy, S.K., Daubenmier, J. (2014). Associations of weight stigma with cortisol and oxidative stress independent of adiposity.  Health Psychology, 33:862-7. Retrieved from,
  • Daubenmier, J., Hayden, D., Chang, V., Epel, E. (2014). It’s not what you think, it’s how you relate to it: Dispositional mindfulness moderates the relationship between psychological distress and the cortisol awakening response. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 48:11-18. PMCID: PMC4503930. Retrieved from, .
  • Daubenmier, J., Mehling, W., Kerr, C., Sze, J., Gopisetty, V., Kemeny, M. (2013).  Follow Your Breath: Respiratory Interoceptive Accuracy in Experienced Meditators. Psychophysiology, 50, 777-89. PMCID: PMC3951998. Retrieved from,
  • Mehling, W.E., Price, C., Daubenmier, J., Bartmess, E. Acree, M., Gopisetty, V., Stewart, A. The Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA). (2012).  PLoS ONE, 7 (11): e48230. PMCID: PMC3486814. Retrieved from,

For list of more publications in PUBMED.