Rael Cahn, MD, PhD

Title(s)Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences (Clinician Educator)
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
AddressBCI 3629A McClintock Avenue
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-2921
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    UCSD, La Jolla, CAMD2008Medicine
    UCSD, La Jolla, CAPhD2007Neuroscience
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    Alliant University 2010Early Career Award for Contributions in Integrative Psychology
    Council on Spiritual Practices2004William James Award

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    Dr. Rael Cahn completed his PhD in Neurosciences in 2007 and received his medical degree in 2008 from UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA. He completed his residency with the UC Irvine Medical Center Psychiatry Residency Program in 2014 and joined the USC faculty. Dr. Cahn has been researching and publishing on the clinical and brain effects of mindfulness and meditative practices throughout his medical and scientific career as well as teaching mindfulness meditation in group settings for medical professionals as well as patients. He is currently affiliated with the USC Brain and Creativity Institute where he is conducting psychological and brain research in the domains of behavioral and psychological interventions including mindfulness and meditative practices in healthy populations dealing with everyday stressors as well as those with psychiatric illness including substance use disorders, depression, and anxiety.

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    1. Pilot study suggests DNA methylation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) is associated with MDMA-assisted therapy treatment response for severe PTSD. Front Psychiatry. 2023; 14:959590. Lewis CR, Tafur J, Spencer S, Green JM, Harrison C, Kelmendi B, Rabin DM, Yehuda R, Yazar-Klosinski B, Cahn BR. PMID: 36815187; PMCID: PMC9939628.
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    2. Meditation and the Brain in Health and Disease. The Oxford Handbook of Meditation. 2019. Kieran C. R. Fox and B. Rael Cahn . . View Publication.
    3. Future directions in meditation research: Recommendations for expanding the field of contemplative science. PLoS One. 2018; 13(11):e0205740. Vieten C, Wahbeh H, Cahn BR, MacLean K, Estrada M, Mills P, Murphy M, Shapiro S, Radin D, Josipovic Z, Presti DE, Sapiro M, Chozen Bays J, Russell P, Vago D, Travis F, Walsh R, Delorme A. PMID: 30403693; PMCID: PMC6221271.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Yoga, Meditation and Mind-Body Health: Increased BDNF, Cortisol Awakening Response, and Altered Inflammatory Marker Expression after a 3-Month Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Front Hum Neurosci. 2017; 11:315. Cahn BR, Goodman MS, Peterson CT, Maturi R, Mills PJ. PMID: 28694775; PMCID: PMC5483482.
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    5. Increased Gamma Brainwave Amplitude Compared to Control in Three Different Meditation Traditions. PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0170647. Braboszcz C, Cahn BR, Levy J, Fernandez M, Delorme A. PMID: 28118405; PMCID: PMC5261734.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 45     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Neural correlates of accelerated auditory processing in children engaged in music training. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2016 10; 21:1-14. Habibi A, Cahn BR, Damasio A, Damasio H. PMID: 27490304; PMCID: PMC6987702.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Awakening is not a metaphor: the effects of Buddhist meditation practices on basic wakefulness. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2014 Jan; 1307:64-81. Britton WB, Lindahl JR, Cahn BR, Davis JH, Goldman RE. PMID: 24372471; PMCID: PMC4054695.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 36     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Plasticity of visual attention in Isha yoga meditation practitioners before and after a 3-month retreat. Front Psychol. 2013; 4:914. Braboszcz C, Cahn BR, Balakrishnan B, Maturi RK, Grandchamp R, Delorme A. PMID: 24376429; PMCID: PMC3859885.
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    9. Event-related delta, theta, alpha and gamma correlates to auditory oddball processing during Vipassana meditation. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2013 Jan; 8(1):100-11. Cahn BR, Delorme A, Polich J. PMID: 22648958; PMCID: PMC3541491.
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    10. The 5-HT2A/1A agonist psilocybin disrupts modal object completion associated with visual hallucinations. Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Mar 01; 69(5):399-406. Kometer M, Cahn BR, Andel D, Carter OL, Vollenweider FX. PMID: 21126732.
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    11. Occipital gamma activation during Vipassana meditation. Cogn Process. 2010 Feb; 11(1):39-56. Cahn BR, Delorme A, Polich J. PMID: 20013298; PMCID: PMC2812711.
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    12. Meditation (Vipassana) and the P3a event-related brain potential. Int J Psychophysiol. 2009 Apr; 72(1):51-60. Cahn BR, Polich J. PMID: 18845193; PMCID: PMC2715145.
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    13. Effects of psilocybin on time perception and temporal control of behaviour in humans. J Psychopharmacol. 2007 Jan; 21(1):50-64. Wittmann M, Carter O, Hasler F, Cahn BR, Grimberg U, Spring P, Hell D, Flohr H, Vollenweider FX. PMID: 16714323.
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    14. Meditation states and traits: EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies. Psychol Bull. 2006 Mar; 132(2):180-211. Cahn BR, Polich J. PMID: 16536641.
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    15. Cannabis and endocannabinoid modulators: Therapeutic promises and challenges. Clin Neurosci Res. 2005; 5(2-4):185-199. Grant I, Cahn BR. PMID: 18806886; PMCID: PMC2544377.
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    16. Bid regulation of neuronal apoptosis. Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 2001 Jun 29; 128(2):187-90. Leonard JR, D'Sa C, Cahn BR, Korsmeyer SJ, Roth KA. PMID: 11412905.
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