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3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161


Matthew 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. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the VASDHS where he focused on the treatment of mood disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, and obesity. Matthew Herbert is currently a postdoctoral fellow in CESAMH and collaborates on research projects with various investigators, including Dr. Niloofar Afari, Dr. Amy Jak, and Dr. Ariel Lang.

Research/Clinical Interests

Matthew Herbert’s research interests include biopsychosocial factors related to the development and maintenance of chronic pain, the impact of chronic pain on mental and physical health outcomes, and the utility of experimental pain testing in understanding endogenous pain regulation. This has particular relevance to CESAMH, as pain is highly co-morbid with trauma-related conditions. Clinically, Matthew Herbert’s interests are in mindfulness-based treatments for chronic pain and non-pain conditions.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

Selected Publications