Niloofar Afari, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD
Program Co-Director, Behavioral Medicine, VASDHS
Director of Clinical Affairs, VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health
Associate Chief, Clinical Health and Neurosciences Unit of the VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health
Phone #: (858) 534-2670
Fax #: (858) 822-3777
Dr. Niloofar Afari received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1996. She completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral training at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, where she also was a faculty member from 2000-2006. She is an Associate Professor in Residence of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, Director of Clinical Affairs for the VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, and the Co-Director of the Behavioral Medicine program at the San Diego VA Psychology Service.
Dr. Afari’s interdisciplinary research, funded by the National
Institutes of Health, involves twin studies to examine genetic
and environmental influences on unexplained clinical conditions
such as fibromyalgia and chronic pelvic pain as well as the
relationship between psychological trauma and health-related
outcomes. Other research areas of interest include the use of
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in medical populations.
Dr. Afari is responsible for the Behavioral Medicine Service at
the Mission Valley outpatient clinic of the VA San Diego
Healthcare System. This Service provides intervention for
behaviors and psychological symptoms that have a negative impact
on the health of primary care patients.
1. Afari, N., Wen, G., Buchwald, D., Goldberg, J., & Plesh, O.
(2008). The association between post-traumatic stress symptoms
and temporomandibular pain: Findings from a community-based twin
registry. Journal of Orofacial Pain, 22, 41-49.
2. Schur, E. A., Afari, N., Furberg, H., Olarte, M., Goldberg,
J., Sullivan, P. F., & Buchwald, D. (2007). Feeling bad in more
ways than one: Comorbidity patterns of medically unexplained and
psychiatric conditions. Journal of General Internal Medicine,
3. Afari, N., Noonan, C., Goldberg, J., Edwards, K., Gadepalli,
K., Osterman, B., Evanoff, C., & Buchwald, D. (2006). University
of Washington Twin Registry: Construction and characteristics of
a community-based twin registry. Twin Research and Human
Genetics, 9, 1023-1029.
4. Arguelles, L. M., Afari, N., Buchwald, D., Clauw, D., Furner,
S., & Goldberg, J. (2006). A twin study of posttraumatic stress
disorder symptoms and chronic widespread pain. Pain, 124,