3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
Dr. Herbert received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in experimental psychology from California State University, San Bernardino where his research focused on drug interactions and the development of behavioral sensitization in animal models. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed his dissertation on the relationship between cortisol, psychosocial stress, and ethnic differences in experimental pain responses in persons with knee osteoarthritis.
Dr. Herbert completed his pre-doctoral internship at the VASDHS and postdoctoral fellowship in CESAMH. He recently received a Career Development Award from Rehabilitation R&D to develop and examine a novel mindfulness-based psychosocial treatment for chronic pain.
Dr. Herbert’s research interests include the psychosocial treatment of chronic pain and biopsychosocial factors related to the development and maintenance of chronic pain. He is a principal investigator on a Career Development Award that uses the psychological flexibility model to integrate evidence-based methods from other mindfulness-based approaches. Additionally, he uses the biopsychosocial model to elucidate factors that underlie racial/ethnic differences in pain, and has a broad interest in how psychosocial factors influence pain severity and pain disability. He also mentors several CESAMH-affiliated trainees.
- Herbert, M. S., Malaktaris, A. L., Dochat, C., Thomas, M. L., Wetherell, J., & Afari, N. (in press). Acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain: Does posttraumatic stress disorder influence treatment outcomes? Pain Medicine
- Curry, I., Malaktaris, A. L., Lyons, R., Herbert, M. S., & Norman, S. B. (in press). The association between negative-trauma cognitions and pain-related functional status among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress.
- Herbert, M. S., Leung, D. W., Pittman, J. O. E., Floto, E., Afari, N. (2018). Race/ethnicity, resilience, and social support among OEF/OIF combat veterans. Psychiatry Research, 265, 265-270.
- Hoffman, S., Herbert, M. S., Crocker, L. D., DeFord, N. E., Keller, A. V., Jurick, S. M., Sanderson-Cimino, M. & , Jak, A. (in press). Pain catastrophizing and cognitive functioning among veterans with history of mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
- Herbert, M.S., Afari, N., Robinson, J.B., Listvinsky, A., Bondi, M.W., & Wetherell, J.L. (2018). Neuropsychological functioning and treatment outcomes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain. The Journal of Pain, epub ahead of print.
- Herbert, M. S., Afari, N., Liu, L., Heppner, P., Rutledge, T., Williams, K., Eraly, S., VanBuskirk, K., Nguyen, C., Bondi, M., Atkinson, J. H., Golshan, S., & Wetherell, J. L. (2017). Telehealth versus in-person Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain: A randomized non-inferiority trial. The Journal of Pain, 18(2), 200-211.
- Gasperi, M., Herbert, M. S., Schur, E., Buchwald, D., & Afari, N. (2017). Genetic and environmental influences on pain, sleep, and depression symptoms in a community sample of twins. Psychosomatic Medicine, 79(6), 646-654.
- Godfrey, K. M, Herbert, M. S., Strachan, E., Mostoufi, S., Crofford, L. J., Buchwald, D., Poeschla, B., Succop, A., & Afari, N. (2017). Dexamethasone-suppressed salivary cortisol and pain sensitivity in female twins. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 33(3), 246-253.
- Herbert, M. S., Goodin, B. R., Bulls, H. W., Sotolongo, A., Petrov, M. E., Edberg, J. C., Bradley, L. A., & Fillingim, R. B. (2017). Ethnicity, cortisol and experimental pain sensitivity among persons with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 33(9), 820-826.