Jonathan Ashar
Graduate Student in Clinical Psychology

Faculty Advisors

Sona Dimidjian and Tor Wager

Education

  • BS, University of Maryland, College Park (Computer Science), 2007
  • MA, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014
  • PhD, expected 2018

Research Interests

Yoni Ashar is interested in using brain measurement (especially fMRI) to better understand how placebo treatments for depression work and to better understand how factors of the patient-provider relationship can lead to healing.

Publications and Presentations

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Yarkoni, T., Sills, J., Halifax, J., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (2016) Effects of compassion meditation on a psychological model of charitable donation. Emotion.

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (in press) Towards a neuroscience of compassion: A brain systems-based model and research agenda. In: Greene, J. (Ed.), Positive Neuroscience Handbook. Oxford University Press.

Lindquist, M., Krishnan, A., Lopez-Sola, M., Jepma, M.; Woo, C. W.; Koban, L.; Roy, M.; Atlas, L. Y.; Chang, L. J.; Losin, E; Eisenbarth, H.; Ashar, Y. K.; Delk Z.; Wager, T. D. (2015). Group-regularized individual prediction: Theory and application to pain. Neuroimage.

Yarkoni, T., Ashar, Y. K., Wager, T. D. (2015) Interactions between donor Agreeableness and recipient characteristics in predicting charitable donation and positive social evaluation. PeerJ 3:e1089.

Chang, L. J., Reddan, M., Ashar, Y. K., Eisenbarth, H., Wager, T. D (2015).  The Challenges of Forecasting Resilience.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences – Comment.

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (2015). The vmPFC encodes both pleasant and aversive responses to suffering others.  Poster presented at Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion, Madison, WI.

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Yarkoni, T., Sills, J., Halifax, J., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (2014). Mechanisms of Compassion Meditation and Compassionate Behavior.  Paper presented at Ekstrand Mini-convention, Boulder, CO.

DeRubeis, R. J., Cohen, Z. D., Ashar, Y. K., Hollon, S., Dimidjian, S., Dour, H. J., Mesri, B., Wiley, J., Niles, A. N., Craske, M., Wiltsey Stirman, S., Kapelner, A., Bleich, J., Smith, B., Resick, P. A., Huibers, M., Lemmons, L., Arntz, A., Peeters, F.  Advancing Goals of Personalized Medicine in Mental Health: How Outcome Research and Moderators Can Inform Treatment Selection.  (2014) Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, Philadelphia, PA.

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Yarkoni, T., Sills, J., Halifax, J., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (2014). Mechanisms of Compassion Meditation. Poster presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, Philadelphia, PA.

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Yarkoni, T., Sills, J., Halifax, J., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (2014). Mechanisms of Compassion Meditation. Poster presented at Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, Denver, CO.

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Yarkoni, T., Sills, J., Halifax, J., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (2014). Mechanisms of Compassion Meditation and Compassionate Behavior. Paper presented at Clinical area brown bag, Boulder, CO.

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Yarkoni, T., Sills, J., Halifax, J., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (2014). Upregulating Compassion. Paper presented at Emotion Regulation pre-conference meeting, Denver, CO.

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Sills, J., Yarkoni, T., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (May 2013). Psychological and Neural Mechanisms Underlying Compassionate Thought and Behavior. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA

Ashar, Y. K., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Yarkoni, T., Sills, J., Dimidjian, S., Wager, T. D. (2013). Psychological and Neural Mechanisms Underlying Compassionate Thought and Behavior. Poster presented at Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Garrison, NY.