Keck School Faculty

Rael Cahn

Rael Cahn

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences (Clinician Educator)
Psychiatry and the Behaviorial Sciences
BCI 3629A McClintock Avenue Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles

: Marquis Who's Who in America, 2013

: Marquis Who's Who in America, 2011

Alliant University : Early Career Award for Contributions in Integrative Psychology, 2010

Pilot study suggests DNA methylation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) is associated with MDMA-assisted therapy treatment response for severe PTSD Front Psychiatry. 2023; 14:959590. . View in PubMed

Corrigendum: Yoga, Meditation and Mind-Body Health: Increased BDNF, Cortisol Awakening Response, and Altered Inflammatory Marker Expression After a 3-Month Yoga and Meditation Retreat Front Hum Neurosci. 2022; 16:868021. . View in PubMed

Future directions in meditation research: Recommendations for expanding the field of contemplative science PLoS One. 2018; 13(11):e0205740. . View in PubMed

Yoga, Meditation and Mind-Body Health: Increased BDNF, Cortisol Awakening Response, and Altered Inflammatory Marker Expression after a 3-Month Yoga and Meditation Retreat Front Hum Neurosci. 2017; 11:315. . View in PubMed

Increased Gamma Brainwave Amplitude Compared to Control in Three Different Meditation Traditions PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0170647. . View in PubMed

Neural correlates of accelerated auditory processing in children engaged in music training Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2016 10; 21:1-14. . View in PubMed

Awakening is not a metaphor: the effects of Buddhist meditation practices on basic wakefulness Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2014 Jan; 1307:64-81. . View in PubMed

Plasticity of visual attention in Isha yoga meditation practitioners before and after a 3-month retreat Front Psychol. 2013; 4:914. . View in PubMed

Event-related delta, theta, alpha and gamma correlates to auditory oddball processing during Vipassana meditation Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2013 Jan; 8(1):100-11. . View in PubMed

The 5-HT2A/1A agonist psilocybin disrupts modal object completion associated with visual hallucinations Biol Psychiatry. 2011 Mar 01; 69(5):399-406. . View in PubMed

Occipital gamma activation during Vipassana meditation Cogn Process. 2010 Feb; 11(1):39-56. . View in PubMed

Meditation (Vipassana) and the P3a event-related brain potential Int J Psychophysiol. 2009 Apr; 72(1):51-60. . View in PubMed

Effects of psilocybin on time perception and temporal control of behaviour in humans J Psychopharmacol. 2007 Jan; 21(1):50-64. . View in PubMed

Meditation states and traits: EEG, ERP, and neuroimaging studies Psychol Bull. 2006 Mar; 132(2):180-211. . View in PubMed

Cannabis and endocannabinoid modulators: Therapeutic promises and challenges Clin Neurosci Res. 2005; 5(2-4):185-199. . View in PubMed

Bid regulation of neuronal apoptosis Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 2001 Jun 29; 128(2):187-90. . View in PubMed

Dr. Rael Cahn completed his PhD in Neurosciences in 2007 and received his medical degree in 2008 from UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA. He completed his residency with the UC Irvine Medical Center Psychiatry Residency Program in 2014 and joined the USC faculty. Dr. Cahn has been researching and publishing on the clinical and brain effects of mindfulness and meditative practices throughout his medical and scientific career as well as teaching mindfulness meditation in group settings for medical professionals as well as patients. He is currently affiliated with the USC Brain and Creativity Institute where he is conducting psychological and brain research in the domains of behavioral and psychological interventions including mindfulness and meditative practices in healthy populations dealing with everyday stressors as well as those with psychiatric illness including substance use disorders, depression, and anxiety.
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