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David Black, PhD, MPH

TitleAssistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentInstitute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
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
    Collapse Awards and Honors
    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. Black D, Cole SW, Christodoulou G, Figueiredo JC. Genomic mechanisms of fatigue in survivors of colorectal cancer. Cancer. 2018 Mar 26. PMID: 29579369.
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    2. Black NR, O'Reilly GA, Pun S, Black D, Woodley DT. Improving Hairdressers' Knowledge and Self-efficacy to Detect Scalp and Neck Melanoma by Use of an Educational Video. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Feb 01; 154(2):214-216. PMID: 29214298.
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    3. Amaro H, Black D. 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 Nov; 62:146-152. PMID: 28918120.
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    4. Christodoulou G, Black D. Mindfulness-Based Interventions and Sleep Among Cancer Survivors: a Critical Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Curr Oncol Rep. 2017 Sep; 19(9):60. PMID: 28748522.
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    5. Li MJ, Kechter A, Olmstead RE, Irwin MR, Black D. Sleep and mood in older adults: coinciding changes in insomnia and depression symptoms. Int Psychogeriatr. 2018 Mar; 30(3):431-435. PMID: 28766467.
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    6. O'Reilly GA, Black D, Huh J, Davis JN, Unger J, Spruijt-Metz D. 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. PMID: 28527746.
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    7. Black D, Peng C, Sleight AG, Nguyen N, Lenz HJ, Figueiredo JC. Mindfulness practice reduces cortisol blunting during chemotherapy: A randomized controlled study of colorectal cancer patients. Cancer. 2017 Aug 15; 123(16):3088-3096. PMID: 28387949.
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    8. Amaro H, Cortés DE, Garcia S, Duan L, Black D. Video-Based Grocery Shopping Intervention Effect on Purchasing Behaviors Among Latina Shoppers. Am J Public Health. 2017 May; 107(5):800-806. PMID: 28323473.
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    9. Shin HS, Black D, Shonkoff ET, Riggs NR, Pentz MA. Associations among dispositional mindfulness, self-compassion, and executive function proficiency in early adolescents. Mindfulness (N Y). 2016 Dec; 7(6):1377-1384. PMID: 28042346.
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    10. Black D, Lam CN, Nguyen NT, Ihenacho U, Figueiredo JC. 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. PMID: 27163178; PMCID: PMC4921899.
    11. Li MJ, Black D, Garland EL. The Applied Mindfulness Process Scale (AMPS): A process measure for evaluating mindfulness-based interventions. Pers Individ Dif. 2016 Apr 01; 93:6-15. PMID: 26858469.
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    12. Black D, Slavich GM. Mindfulness meditation and the immune system: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 06; 1373(1):13-24. PMID: 26799456.
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    13. Black D, Li MJ, Ihenacho U, Nguyen NT, de Fatima Reyes M, Milam J, Pentz MA, Figueiredo JC. Shared health characteristics in Hispanic colorectal cancer patients and their primary social support person following primary diagnosis. Psychooncology. 2016 09; 25(9):1028-35. PMID: 26291178.
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    14. Black D, O'Reilly GA, Olmstead R, Breen EC, Irwin MR. 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. PMID: 25686304; PMCID: PMC4407465.
    15. Black D. Mental resilience training modulates stress physiology of active duty marines preparing for deployment. Evid Based Ment Health. 2015 May; 18(2):61. PMID: 25563295.
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    16. Black D, Fernando R. Mindfulness Training and Classroom Behavior Among Lower-Income and Ethnic Minority Elementary School Children. J Child Fam Stud. 2014 Oct; 23(7):1242-1246. PMID: 25624749.
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    17. Galla BM, O'Reilly GA, Kitil MJ, Smalley SL, Black D. Community-Based Mindfulness Program for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Targeting Stress Reduction. Am J Health Promot. 2015 Sep-Oct; 30(1):36-41. PMID: 25162319.
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    18. Black D, Irwin MR, Olmstead R, Ji E, Crabb Breen E, Motivala SJ. Tai chi meditation effects on nuclear factor-?B signaling in lonely older adults: a randomized controlled trial. Psychother Psychosom. 2014; 83(5):315-7. PMID: 25116908; PMCID: PMC4165547.
    19. Black D, O'Reilly GA, Olmstead R, Breen EC, Irwin MR. 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. PMID: 24993561; PMCID: PMC4175059.
    20. Witkiewitz K, Black D. Unresolved issues in the application of mindfulness-based interventions for substance use disorders. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Apr; 49(5):601-4. PMID: 24611855.
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    21. Peltz L, Black D. The thinking mind as addiction: mindfulness as antidote. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Apr; 49(5):605-7. PMID: 24611856.
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    22. Garland EL, Black D. Mindfulness for chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse: novel mechanisms and unresolved issues. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Apr; 49(5):608-11. PMID: 24611857.
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    23. Black D. 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. PMID: 24611846.
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    24. Amaro H, Spear S, Vallejo Z, Conron K, Black D. 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. PMID: 24611850.
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    25. O'Reilly GA, Cook L, Spruijt-Metz D, Black D. Mindfulness-based interventions for obesity-related eating behaviours: a literature review. Obes Rev. 2014 Jun; 15(6):453-61. PMID: 24636206; PMCID: PMC4046117.
    26. Riggs NR, Black D, Ritt-Olson A. Applying neurodevelopmental theory to school-based drug misuse prevention during adolescence. New Dir Youth Dev. 2014; 2014(141):33-43, 9-10. PMID: 24753276.
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    27. Kurth F, Luders E, Wu B, Black D. 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. PMID: 25632405.
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    28. Sussman S, Milam J, Arpawong TE, Tsai J, Black D, Wills TA. Spirituality in addictions treatment: wisdom to know…what it is. Subst Use Misuse. 2013 Sep; 48(12):1203-17. PMID: 24041182.
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    29. Hanley A, Garland EL, Black D. Use of mindful reappraisal coping among meditation practitioners. J Clin Psychol. 2014 Mar; 70(3):294-301. PMID: 23818289.
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    30. Pokhrel P, Herzog TA, Black D, Zaman A, Riggs NR, Sussman S. Adolescent neurocognitive development, self-regulation, and school-based drug use prevention. Prev Sci. 2013 Jun; 14(3):218-28. PMID: 23408284; PMCID: PMC4181554.
    31. Roosta N, Black D, Rea TH. 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. PMID: 23451850.
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    32. Roosta N, Black D, Wong MK, Woodley DT. 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. PMID: 23244380.
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    33. Black D, Cole SW, Irwin MR, Breen E, St Cyr NM, Nazarian N, Khalsa DS, Lavretsky H. 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. PMID: 22795617; PMCID: PMC3494746.
    34. SeyedAlinaghi S, Jam S, Foroughi M, Imani A, Mohraz M, Djavid GE, Black D. 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. PMID: 22753635; PMCID: PMC3392542.
    35. Black D, Sussman S, Johnson CA, Milam J. Trait mindfulness helps shield decision-making from translating into health-risk behavior. J Adolesc Health. 2012 Dec; 51(6):588-92. PMID: 23174469; PMCID: PMC3505281.
    36. Black D. Mindfulness and substance use intervention. Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Feb; 47(3):199-201. PMID: 22217122.
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    37. Black D, Milam J, Sussman S, Johnson CA. 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. PMID: 23847448.
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    38. Black D. Incorporating mindfulness within established theories of health behavior. Complementary Health Practice Review. 2012; 2(15):108-109.
    39. Black D, Semple RJ, Pokhrel P, Grenard JL. 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. PMID: 22013495.
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    40. Black D, Sussman S, Johnson CA, Milam J. Psychometric assessment of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) among Chinese adolescents. Assessment. 2012 Mar; 19(1):42-52. PMID: 21816857; PMCID: PMC3705937.
    41. Soto C, Unger JB, Ritt-Olson A, Soto DW, Black D, Baezconde-Garbanati L. Cultural values associated with substance use among Hispanic adolescents in southern California. Subst Use Misuse. 2011; 46(10):1223-33. PMID: 21491991; PMCID: PMC3703317.
    42. Black D, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Sussman S. 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. PMID: 21464380; PMCID: PMC3134419.
    43. Roosta N, Black D, Peng D, Riley LW. Skin disease and stigma in emerging adulthood: impact on healthy development. J Cutan Med Surg. 2010 Nov-Dec; 14(6):285-90. PMID: 21084021.
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    44. Black D. Mindfulness Research Guide: a New Paradigm for Managing Empirical Health Information. Mindfulness (N Y). 2010 Sep 01; 1(3):174-176. PMID: 21731591.
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    45. Black D, Sussman S, Unger J, Pokhrel P, Sun P. Gender differences in body consciousness and substance use among high-risk adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Aug; 45(10):1623-35. PMID: 20438339; PMCID: PMC3134405.
    46. Grana RA, Black D, Sun P, Rohrbach LA, Gunning M, Sussman S. School disrepair and substance use among regular and alternative high school students. J Sch Health. 2010 Aug; 80(8):387-93. PMID: 20618621; PMCID: PMC2904640.
    47. Black D, Grenard JL, Sussman S, Rohrbach LA. 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. PMID: 20675354; PMCID: PMC2936556.
    48. Pokhrel P, Sussman S, Black D, Sun P. 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. PMID: 20529198; PMCID: PMC3134410.
    49. Sussman S, Black D, Rohrbach LA. A concise history of school-based smoking prevention research: a pendulum effect case study. J Drug Educ. 2010; 40(3):217-26. PMID: 21313983.
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    50. Black D, Sussman S, Unger JB. A further look at the intergenerational transmission of violence: witnessing interparental violence in emerging adulthood. J Interpers Violence. 2010 Jun; 25(6):1022-42. PMID: 19801446; PMCID: PMC3705927.
    51. Black D, Milam J, Sussman S. Sitting-meditation interventions among youth: a review of treatment efficacy. Pediatrics. 2009 Sep; 124(3):e532-41. PMID: 19706568; PMCID: PMC3195513.
    52. Sussman S, Black D. Substitute addiction: a concern for researchers and practitioners. J Drug Educ. 2008; 38(2):167-80. PMID: 18724656.
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    53. Sussman S, Pokhrel P, Black D, Kohrman M, Hamann S, Vateesatokit P, Nsimba SE. Tobacco control in developing countries: Tanzania, Nepal, China, and Thailand as examples. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Sep; 9 Suppl 3:S447-57. PMID: 17978974.
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    54. Gretebeck KA, Black D, Blue CL, Glickman LT, Huston SA, Gretebeck RJ. Physical activity and function in older adults: theory of planned behavior. Am J Health Behav. 2007 Mar-Apr; 31(2):203-14. PMID: 17269910.
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