Niloofar Afari

Summary

Affiliation: University of California
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Psychological trauma and functional somatic syndromes: a systematic review and meta-analysis
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093 0737
    Psychosom Med 76:2-11. 2014
  2. pmc Are post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and temporomandibular pain associated? Findings from a community-based twin registry
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
    J Orofac Pain 22:41-9. 2008
  3. pmc Depression and obesity: do shared genes explain the relationship?
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 0738, USA
    Depress Anxiety 27:799-806. 2010
  4. pmc C-reactive protein and pain sensitivity: findings from female twins
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego and VA San Diego Healthcare System, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
    Ann Behav Med 42:277-83. 2011
  5. pmc Chronic pain, overweight, and obesity: findings from a community-based twin registry
    Lisa Johnson Wright
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 0738, USA
    J Pain 11:628-35. 2010
  6. pmc Adverse childhood experiences, health perception, and the role of shared familial factors in adult twins
    Sheeva M Mostoufi
    San Diego State University University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182 4611, USA
    Child Abuse Negl 37:910-6. 2013
  7. ncbi request reprint The role of emotional numbing in sexual functioning among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars
    Sarah E Nunnink
    Veterans Affairs Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, MC 116A, San Diego, CA 92161, USA
    Mil Med 175:424-8. 2010
  8. pmc Salivary cortisol and cold pain sensitivity in female twins
    Kathryn M Godfrey
    Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
    Ann Behav Med 47:180-8. 2014
  9. pmc Psychological distress in twins with urological symptoms
    Lisa Johnson Wright
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 0738, USA
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 32:262-7. 2010
  10. ncbi request reprint A randomized, controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain
    Julie Loebach Wetherell
    VA San Diego Healthcare System, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, Dept 111N 1, San Diego, CA 92161, USA
    Pain 152:2098-107. 2011

Research Grants

  1. Twin Study of Chronic Widespread Pain
    Niloofar Afari; Fiscal Year: 2005
  2. Twin Study of Chronic Widespread Pain
    Niloofar Afari; Fiscal Year: 2007
  3. Twin Study of Chronic Widespread Pain
    Niloofar Afari; Fiscal Year: 2006
  4. Twin Study of Chronic Widespread Pain
    Niloofar Afari; Fiscal Year: 2009

Detail Information

Publications27

  1. pmc Psychological trauma and functional somatic syndromes: a systematic review and meta-analysis
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093 0737
    Psychosom Med 76:2-11. 2014
    ..Our goals were to determine the overall effect size of the association and to examine moderators of the relationship...
  2. pmc Are post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and temporomandibular pain associated? Findings from a community-based twin registry
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
    J Orofac Pain 22:41-9. 2008
    ....
  3. pmc Depression and obesity: do shared genes explain the relationship?
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093 0738, USA
    Depress Anxiety 27:799-806. 2010
    ..Given the substantial genetic contribution to both depression and obesity, we sought to determine whether shared genetic influences are responsible for the association between these two conditions...
  4. pmc C-reactive protein and pain sensitivity: findings from female twins
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego and VA San Diego Healthcare System, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
    Ann Behav Med 42:277-83. 2011
    ..Systemic inflammation and pain sensitivity may contribute to the development and maintenance of chronic pain conditions...
  5. pmc Chronic pain, overweight, and obesity: findings from a community-based twin registry
    Lisa Johnson Wright
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 0738, USA
    J Pain 11:628-35. 2010
    ..Future longitudinal research can help to determine causality and underlying mechanisms...
  6. pmc Adverse childhood experiences, health perception, and the role of shared familial factors in adult twins
    Sheeva M Mostoufi
    San Diego State University University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182 4611, USA
    Child Abuse Negl 37:910-6. 2013
    ..Shared familial factors might play a partial role in the relationship between ACE and health perception. Future research should further investigate the genetic and environmental mechanisms that may explain this relationship. ..
  7. ncbi request reprint The role of emotional numbing in sexual functioning among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars
    Sarah E Nunnink
    Veterans Affairs Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, MC 116A, San Diego, CA 92161, USA
    Mil Med 175:424-8. 2010
    ..Those exhibiting numbing symptoms should be thoroughly assessed for sexual functioning problems and referred for treatment as necessary...
  8. pmc Salivary cortisol and cold pain sensitivity in female twins
    Kathryn M Godfrey
    Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
    Ann Behav Med 47:180-8. 2014
    ..There is a dearth of knowledge about the link between cortisol and pain sensitivity...
  9. pmc Psychological distress in twins with urological symptoms
    Lisa Johnson Wright
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 0738, USA
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 32:262-7. 2010
    ..Our objectives were to determine whether psychological distress was higher in twins with urological symptoms commonly found in IC/PBS than in twins without, and if so, did familial influences contribute to this association...
  10. ncbi request reprint A randomized, controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain
    Julie Loebach Wetherell
    VA San Diego Healthcare System, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, Dept 111N 1, San Diego, CA 92161, USA
    Pain 152:2098-107. 2011
    ..These findings suggest that ACT is an effective and acceptable adjunct intervention for patients with chronic pain...
  11. doi request reprint PTSD, combat injury, and headache in Veterans Returning from Iraq/Afghanistan
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
    Headache 49:1267-76. 2009
    ..To examine the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder, combat injury, and headache in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans at the VA San Diego Healthcare System...
  12. pmc University of Washington Twin Registry: construction and characteristics of a community-based twin registry
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
    Twin Res Hum Genet 9:1023-9. 2006
    ..Plans for the further growth of the University of Washington Twin Registry and its use are discussed...
  13. doi request reprint Specific pain complaints in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans screening positive for post-traumatic stress disorder
    Tobias Moeller-Bertram
    VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health and VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA Department of Anesthesiology, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
    Psychosomatics 55:172-8. 2014
    ..Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and pain are highly comorbid...
  14. doi request reprint Health and distress predictors of heart rate variability in fibromyalgia and other forms of chronic pain
    Sheeva M Mostoufi
    San Diego State University University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA, USA
    J Psychosom Res 72:39-44. 2012
    ..Predictors of HRV will also be examined...
  15. pmc The association of posttraumatic stress disorder and metabolic syndrome: a study of increased health risk in veterans
    Pia S Heppner
    Veterans Affairs San Diego Health Care System, Research Service, MC 151, La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92161, USA
    BMC Med 7:1. 2009
    ..To assess PTSD-related biological burden, we measured biological factors that comprise metabolic syndrome, an important established predictor of morbidity and mortality, as a correlate of long-term health risk in PTSD...
  16. ncbi request reprint The illness uncertainty concept: a review
    Lisa Johnson Wright
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive 0738, La Jolla, CA 92093 0738, USA
    Curr Pain Headache Rep 13:133-8. 2009
    ..Future research should examine specific predictors of illness uncertainty, how this construct changes over time, and what interventions may be effective in reducing illness uncertainty for individuals who experience pain conditions...
  17. ncbi request reprint Trauma exposure, branch of service, and physical injury in relation to mental health among U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
    Dewleen G Baker
    University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Dr, MC 0603 La Jolla, CA 92093 0603, USA
    Mil Med 174:773-8. 2009
    ..Follow-up analyses revealed that trauma history and combat exposure varied by branch of service. Knowledge of base rates and vulnerability factors can aid in rapid detection of "at risk" individuals...
  18. pmc Twin studies of posttraumatic stress disorder: differentiating vulnerability factors from sequelae
    William S Kremen
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
    Neuropharmacology 62:647-53. 2012
    ..The creation of new twin registries would do much toward accomplishing this goal. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder'...
  19. pmc Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for generalized anxiety disorder in older adults: a preliminary report
    Julie Loebach Wetherell
    University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, La Jolla, CA 92093 9111, USA
    Behav Ther 42:127-34. 2011
    ..No patients dropped out of ACT, and worry and depression improved. Findings suggest that ACT may warrant a large-scale investigation with anxious older adults...
  20. ncbi request reprint Chronic fatigue syndrome: a review
    Niloofar Afari
    Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
    Am J Psychiatry 160:221-36. 2003
    ..Chronic fatigue syndrome is an illness characterized by disabling fatigue of at least 6 months, accompanied by several other symptoms. This review summarizes the current state of knowledge about chronic fatigue syndrome...
  21. pmc Is the association between posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and poor health due to a common familial or genetic factor?
    Peter P Roy-Byrne
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
    Gen Hosp Psychiatry 28:408-13. 2006
    ..The objective of this study was to identify genetic, familial and environmental contributions to the association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and poor health...
  22. pmc A twin study of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and chronic widespread pain
    Lester M Arguelles
    Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
    Pain 124:150-7. 2006
    ..Future research is needed to understand the temporal association of PTSD and CWP, as well as the physiological underpinnings of this relationship...
  23. pmc Feeling bad in more ways than one: comorbidity patterns of medically unexplained and psychiatric conditions
    Ellen A Schur
    Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 22:818-21. 2007
    ....
  24. pmc Twin analyses of fatigue
    Ellen Schur
    1 Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA
    Twin Res Hum Genet 10:729-33. 2007
    ..About half the variance for both prolonged and chronic fatigue in males was due to genetic effects, and half due to individual-specific environmental effects. For females, most variance was due to individual environmental effects...
  25. pmc Genetic pleiotropy between asthma and obesity in a community-based sample of twins
    Teal S Hallstrand
    Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, 98195, USA
    J Allergy Clin Immunol 116:1235-41. 2005
    ..Asthma and obesity are common conditions that are strongly associated. This association might be due to shared genetic or environmental causes...
  26. ncbi request reprint Chronic fatigue and anxiety/depression: a twin study
    Peter Roy-Byrne
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
    Br J Psychiatry 180:29-34. 2002
    ..Up to three-quarters of patients with fatigue syndromes have comorbid mood or anxiety disorders, suggesting that chronic fatigue is a forme fruste of anxiety or depressive states...
  27. pmc Cold pressor pain sensitivity in monozygotic twins discordant for chronic fatigue syndrome
    Philip M Ullrich
    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
    Pain Med 8:216-22. 2007
    ..The present study examined whether pain and fatigue ratings and pain threshold and tolerance levels for cold pain differed between twins with CFS and their cotwins without CFS...

Research Grants5

  1. Twin Study of Chronic Widespread Pain
    Niloofar Afari; Fiscal Year: 2005
    ..Additionally, investigating the pattern of differences between twin groups can help to distinguish factors that are predisposing to CWP and those that occur after the onset of the illness. ..
  2. Twin Study of Chronic Widespread Pain
    Niloofar Afari; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..Additionally, investigating the pattern of differences between twin groups can help to distinguish factors that are predisposing to CWP and those that occur after the onset of the illness. ..
  3. Twin Study of Chronic Widespread Pain
    Niloofar Afari; Fiscal Year: 2006
    ..Additionally, investigating the pattern of differences between twin groups can help to distinguish factors that are predisposing to CWP and those that occur after the onset of the illness. ..
  4. Twin Study of Chronic Widespread Pain
    Niloofar Afari; Fiscal Year: 2009
    ..Additionally, investigating the pattern of differences between twin groups can help to distinguish factors that are predisposing to CWP and those that occur after the onset of the illness. ..