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David Black, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
AddressSSB 302D 2001 N. Soto Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 8223
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    University of Southern California, Los AngelesPhD2011Preventive Medicine
    University of California at Los Angeles, Los AngelesPostdoc Fellow2013Psychoneuroimmunology
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    USC2015  - 2016Award for Excellence in Mentoring
    NIH - National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health2014  - 2016Clinical LRP Award
    Society of Behavioral Medicine2014SBM Citation Award
    University of Southern California2013Medical Innovation Program finalist
    NIH - National Institute on Drug Abuse2012RTI International Travel Award
    NIH - National Institute of Mental Health2011  - 2013Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    2005  - 2006Charlotte Resnick Memorial Scholarship

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    Dr. David S. Black is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and faculty member of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research focuses on the delivery and evaluation of mind-body medicine modalities, specifically mindfulness training, in order to modify psychological stress and other mental/physical health symptoms and states. He is broadly interested in how mind-body approaches impact stress biology, specifically neuroendocrine and immune system function in humans. His studies incorporate both observational and experimental methodology with measurements quantified by survey, brain imaging, gene expression, and biomarker (from saliva and blood) research. The overall goal of this work is to elucidate the harmonious interactions between mind and body, and to inform how these interactions can be harnessed for the prevention and treatment of psychological suffering and disease states in order to promote public health.

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    Developing the Center for Mindfulness Science
    USC Office of the Provost Research Collaboration FundJul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Co-PI
    Neural mechanisms in women's treatment and early recovery
    NIH/NIDA 5R01DA038648Sep 15, 2015 - May 31, 2019
    Role: PI
    Gene transcription profiling of fatigue and mindfulness in Hispanic colorectal cancer survivors
    NIH/NIA P30AG017265Jul 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2017
    Role: PI
    Mind-body integrative medicine practices in cancer care and survivorship
    NIH/NCCIH L30AT008380Jul 1, 2014 - Jun 30, 2017
    Role: PI

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    1. Mindfulness Training by Telephone Before and After Orthopedic Surgery: A Feasibility Study. J Altern Complement Med. 2020 Mar; 26(3):249-251. Lam CN, Silke O, Itamura J, Salem G, Black DS. PMID: 31971814.
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    2. Mindfulness meditation and gene expression: a hypothesis-generating framework. Curr Opin Psychol. 2019 08; 28:302-306. Black DS, Christodoulou G, Cole S. PMID: 31352296.
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    3. Moment-by-Moment in Women's Recovery (MMWR): Mindfulness-based intervention effects on residential substance use disorder treatment retention in a randomized controlled trial. Behav Res Ther. 2019 09; 120:103437. Black DS, Amaro H. PMID: 31419610.
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    4. Response to Meghani and Liou re: "Demographic and Clinical Factors Associated with Patient Adherence to Acupuncture Treatment". J Altern Complement Med. 2019 06; 25(6):661. Lam CN, Black DS. PMID: 31066576.
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    5. Seeking refuge in the present moment: A qualitatively refined model of dispositional mindfulness, minority stress, and psychosocial health among Latino/a sexual minorities and their families. Psychol Sex Orientat Gend Divers. 2019 Dec; 6(4):408-419. Li MJ, DiStefano AS, Thing JP, Black DS, Simpson K, Unger JB, Milam J, Contreras R, Bluthenthal RN. PMID: 32104720.
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    6. Demographic and Clinical Factors Associated with Patient Adherence to Acupuncture Treatment. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 May; 25(5):522-525. Lam CN, Murnane D, Ruth C, Kim Y, Chou CP, Black DS. PMID: 30707592.
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    7. Factors in the perceived stress scale differentially associate with mindfulness disposition and executive function among early adolescents. J Child Fam Stud. 2019 Mar; 28(3):814-821. Kechter A, Black DS, Riggs NR, Warren CM, Ritt-Olson A, Chou CP, Pentz MA. PMID: 31772488.
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    8. Reporting of Treatment Fidelity in Mindfulness-Based Intervention Trials: A Review and New Tool using NIH Behavior Change Consortium Guidelines. Mindfulness (N Y). 2019 Feb; 10(2):215-233. Kechter A, Amaro H, Black DS. PMID: 30854147.
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    9. Genomic mechanisms of fatigue in survivors of colorectal cancer. Cancer. 2018 06 15; 124(12):2637-2644. Black DS, Cole SW, Christodoulou G, Figueiredo JC. PMID: 29579369.
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    10. Mindfulness-based interventions for cancer survivors: what do we know about the assessment of quality of life outcomes? Expert Rev Qual Life Cancer Care. 2018; 3(1):5-7. Sinatra E, Black DS. PMID: 30775448.
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    11. Improving Hairdressers' Knowledge and Self-efficacy to Detect Scalp and Neck Melanoma by Use of an Educational Video. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 02 01; 154(2):214-216. Black NR, O'Reilly GA, Pun S, Black DS, Woodley DT. PMID: 29214298.
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    12. Moment-by-Moment in Women's Recovery: Randomized controlled trial protocol to test the efficacy of a mindfulness-based intervention on treatment retention and relapse prevention among women in residential treatment for substance use disorder. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 11; 62:146-152. Amaro H, Black DS. PMID: 28918120.
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    13. Mindfulness-Based Interventions and Sleep Among Cancer Survivors: a Critical Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Curr Oncol Rep. 2017 Sep; 19(9):60. Christodoulou G, Black DS. PMID: 28748522.
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    14. Sleep and mood in older adults: coinciding changes in insomnia and depression symptoms. Int Psychogeriatr. 2018 03; 30(3):431-435. Li MJ, Kechter A, Olmstead RE, Irwin MR, Black DS. PMID: 28766467.
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    15. Sugar Restriction Leads to Increased Ad Libitum Sugar Intake by Overweight Adolescents in an Experimental Test Meal Setting. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Jul; 117(7):1041-1048. O'Reilly GA, Black DS, Huh J, Davis JN, Unger J, Spruijt-Metz D. PMID: 28527746.
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    16. Mindfulness practice reduces cortisol blunting during chemotherapy: A randomized controlled study of colorectal cancer patients. Cancer. 2017 Aug 15; 123(16):3088-3096. Black DS, Peng C, Sleight AG, Nguyen N, Lenz HJ, Figueiredo JC. PMID: 28387949.
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    17. Video-Based Grocery Shopping Intervention Effect on Purchasing Behaviors Among Latina Shoppers. Am J Public Health. 2017 May; 107(5):800-806. Amaro H, Cortés DE, Garcia S, Duan L, Black DS. PMID: 28323473.
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    18. Associations among dispositional mindfulness, self-compassion, and executive function proficiency in early adolescents. Mindfulness (N Y). 2016 Dec; 7(6):1377-1384. Shin HS, Black DS, Shonkoff ET, Riggs NR, Pentz MA. PMID: 28042346.
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    19. Complementary and Integrative Health Practices Among Hispanics Diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer: Utilization and Communication with Physicians. J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Jun; 22(6):473-9. Black DS, Lam CN, Nguyen NT, Ihenacho U, Figueiredo JC. PMID: 27163178.
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    20. The Applied Mindfulness Process Scale (AMPS): A process measure for evaluating mindfulness-based interventions. Pers Individ Dif. 2016 Apr 01; 93:6-15. Li MJ, Black DS, Garland EL. PMID: 26858469.
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    21. Mindfulness meditation and the immune system: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 06; 1373(1):13-24. Black DS, Slavich GM. PMID: 26799456.
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    22. Shared health characteristics in Hispanic colorectal cancer patients and their primary social support person following primary diagnosis. Psychooncology. 2016 09; 25(9):1028-35. Black DS, Li MJ, Ihenacho U, Nguyen NT, de Fatima Reyes M, Milam J, Pentz MA, Figueiredo JC. PMID: 26291178.
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    23. Mindfulness meditation and improvement in sleep quality and daytime impairment among older adults with sleep disturbances: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Apr; 175(4):494-501. Black DS, O'Reilly GA, Olmstead R, Breen EC, Irwin MR. PMID: 25686304.
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    24. Mental resilience training modulates stress physiology of active duty marines preparing for deployment. Evid Based Ment Health. 2015 May; 18(2):61. Black DS. PMID: 25563295.
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    25. Mindfulness Training and Classroom Behavior Among Lower-Income and Ethnic Minority Elementary School Children. J Child Fam Stud. 2014 Oct; 23(7):1242-1246. Black DS, Fernando R. PMID: 25624749.
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    26. Community-Based Mindfulness Program for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Targeting Stress Reduction. Am J Health Promot. 2015 Sep-Oct; 30(1):36-41. Galla BM, O'Reilly GA, Kitil MJ, Smalley SL, Black DS. PMID: 25162319.
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    27. Tai chi meditation effects on nuclear factor-?B signaling in lonely older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Psychother Psychosom. 2014; 83(5):315-7. Black DS, Irwin MR, Olmstead R, Ji E, Crabb Breen E, Motivala SJ. PMID: 25116908.
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    28. Mindfulness-based intervention for prodromal sleep disturbances in older adults: design and methodology of a randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Sep; 39(1):22-7. Black DS, O'Reilly GA, Olmstead R, Breen EC, Irwin MR. PMID: 24993561.
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    29. Unresolved issues in the application of mindfulness-based interventions for substance use disorders. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Apr; 49(5):601-4. Witkiewitz K, Black DS. PMID: 24611855.
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    30. The thinking mind as addiction: mindfulness as antidote. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Apr; 49(5):605-7. Peltz L, Black DS. PMID: 24611856.
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    31. Mindfulness for chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse: novel mechanisms and unresolved issues. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Apr; 49(5):608-11. Garland EL, Black DS. PMID: 24611857.
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    32. Mindfulness-based interventions: an antidote to suffering in the context of substance use, misuse, and addiction. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Apr; 49(5):487-91. Black DS. PMID: 24611846.
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    33. Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes of a mindfulness-based relapse prevention intervention for culturally-diverse, low-income women in substance use disorder treatment. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Apr; 49(5):547-59. Amaro H, Spear S, Vallejo Z, Conron K, Black DS. PMID: 24611850.
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    34. Mindfulness-based interventions for obesity-related eating behaviours: a literature review. Obes Rev. 2014 Jun; 15(6):453-61. O'Reilly GA, Cook L, Spruijt-Metz D, Black DS. PMID: 24636206.
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    35. Brain Gray Matter Changes Associated with Mindfulness Meditation in Older Adults: An Exploratory Pilot Study using Voxel-based Morphometry. Neuro. 2014; 1(1):23-26. Kurth F, Luders E, Wu B, Black DS. PMID: 25632405.
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    36. Applying neurodevelopmental theory to school-based drug misuse prevention during adolescence. New Dir Youth Dev. 2014; 2014(141):33-43, 9-10. Riggs NR, Black DS, Ritt-Olson A. PMID: 24753276.
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    37. Spirituality in addictions treatment: wisdom to know…what it is. Subst Use Misuse. 2013 Sep; 48(12):1203-17. Sussman S, Milam J, Arpawong TE, Tsai J, Black DS, Wills TA. PMID: 24041182.
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    38. Use of mindful reappraisal coping among meditation practitioners. J Clin Psychol. 2014 Mar; 70(3):294-301. Hanley A, Garland EL, Black DS. PMID: 23818289.
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    39. Adolescent neurocognitive development, self-regulation, and school-based drug use prevention. Prev Sci. 2013 Jun; 14(3):218-28. Pokhrel P, Herzog TA, Black DS, Zaman A, Riggs NR, Sussman S. PMID: 23408284.
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    40. A comparison of stigma among patients with leprosy in rural Tanzania and urban United States: a role for public health in dermatology. Int J Dermatol. 2013 Apr; 52(4):432-40. Roosta N, Black DS, Rea TH. PMID: 23451850.
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    41. Assessing hairdressers' knowledge of scalp and neck melanoma and their willingness to detect lesions and make referrals to dermatologists. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Jan; 68(1):183-5. Roosta N, Black DS, Wong MK, Woodley DT. PMID: 23244380.
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    42. Yogic meditation reverses NF-?B and IRF-related transcriptome dynamics in leukocytes of family dementia caregivers in a randomized controlled trial. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013 Mar; 38(3):348-55. Black DS, Cole SW, Irwin MR, Breen E, St Cyr NM, Nazarian N, Khalsa DS, Lavretsky H. PMID: 22795617.
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    43. Randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction delivered to human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients in Iran: effects on CD4? T lymphocyte count and medical and psychological symptoms. Psychosom Med. 2012 Jul-Aug; 74(6):620-7. SeyedAlinaghi S, Jam S, Foroughi M, Imani A, Mohraz M, Djavid GE, Black DS. PMID: 22753635.
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    44. Trait mindfulness helps shield decision-making from translating into health-risk behavior. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec; 51(6):588-92. Black DS, Sussman S, Johnson CA, Milam J. PMID: 23174469.
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    45. Mindfulness and substance use intervention. Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Feb; 47(3):199-201. Black DS. PMID: 22217122.
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    46. Incorporating mindfulness within established theories of health behavior. Complementary Health Practice Review. 2012; 2(15):108-109. View Publication.
    47. Testing the indirect effect of trait mindfulness on adolescent cigarette smoking through negative affect and perceived stress mediators. J Subst Use. 2012; 17(5-6):417-429. Black DS, Milam J, Sussman S, Johnson CA. PMID: 23847448.
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    48. Component Processes of Executive Function-Mindfulness, Self-control, and Working Memory-and Their Relationships with Mental and Behavioral Health. Mindfulness (N Y). 2011 Sep; 2(3):179-185. Black DS, Semple RJ, Pokhrel P, Grenard JL. PMID: 22013495.
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    49. Psychometric assessment of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) among Chinese adolescents. Assessment. 2012 Mar; 19(1):42-52. Black DS, Sussman S, Johnson CA, Milam J. PMID: 21816857.
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    50. Cultural values associated with substance use among Hispanic adolescents in southern California. Subst Use Misuse. 2011; 46(10):1223-33. Soto C, Unger JB, Ritt-Olson A, Soto DW, Black DS, Baezconde-Garbanati L. PMID: 21491991.
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    51. Decision-making style and gender moderation of the self-efficacy-condom use link among adolescents and young adults: informing targeted STI/HIV prevention programs. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Apr; 165(4):320-5. Black DS, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. PMID: 21464380.
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    52. Skin disease and stigma in emerging adulthood: impact on healthy development. J Cutan Med Surg. 2010 Nov-Dec; 14(6):285-90. Roosta N, Black DS, Peng D, Riley LW. PMID: 21084021.
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    53. Mindfulness Research Guide: a New Paradigm for Managing Empirical Health Information. Mindfulness (N Y). 2010 Sep 01; 1(3):174-176. Black DS. PMID: 21731591.
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    54. School disrepair and substance use among regular and alternative high school students. J Sch Health. 2010 Aug; 80(8):387-93. Grana RA, Black D, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Gunning M, Sussman S. PMID: 20618621.
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    55. Gender differences in body consciousness and substance use among high-risk adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Aug; 45(10):1623-35. Black DS, Sussman S, Unger J, Pokhrel P, Sun P. PMID: 20438339.
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    56. The influence of school-based natural mentoring relationships on school attachment and subsequent adolescent risk behaviors. Health Educ Res. 2010 Oct; 25(5):892-902. Black DS, Grenard JL, Sussman S, Rohrbach LA. PMID: 20675354.
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    57. Peer group self-identification as a predictor of relational and physical aggression among high school students. J Sch Health. 2010 May; 80(5):249-58. Pokhrel P, Sussman S, Black D, Sun P. PMID: 20529198.
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    58. A concise history of school-based smoking prevention research: a pendulum effect case study. J Drug Educ. 2010; 40(3):217-26. Sussman S, Black DS, Rohrbach LA. PMID: 21313983.
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    59. A further look at the intergenerational transmission of violence: witnessing interparental violence in emerging adulthood. J Interpers Violence. 2010 Jun; 25(6):1022-42. Black DS, Sussman S, Unger JB. PMID: 19801446.
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    60. Sitting-meditation interventions among youth: a review of treatment efficacy. Pediatrics. 2009 Sep; 124(3):e532-41. Black DS, Milam J, Sussman S. PMID: 19706568.
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    61. Substitute addiction: a concern for researchers and practitioners. J Drug Educ. 2008; 38(2):167-80. Sussman S, Black DS. PMID: 18724656.
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    62. Tobacco control in developing countries: Tanzania, Nepal, China, and Thailand as examples. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Sep; 9 Suppl 3:S447-57. Sussman S, Pokhrel P, Black D, Kohrman M, Hamann S, Vateesatokit P, Nsimba SE. PMID: 17978974.
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    63. Physical activity and function in older adults: theory of planned behavior. Am J Health Behav. 2007 Mar-Apr; 31(2):203-14. Gretebeck KA, Black DR, Blue CL, Glickman LT, Huston SA, Gretebeck RJ. PMID: 17269910.
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