David M. Fresco, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry

Biography

David M. Fresco is Professor of Psychiatry and Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). His program of research adopts an affective neuroscience perspective to conduct basic, translational, and treatment studies of anxiety and mood disorders, particularly distress disorders (e.g., major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder) incorporating methodologies including functional neuroimaging (fMRI & EEG), peripheral psychophysiology, and serum markers (e.g., inflammation, neurodegeneration). 

Another facet of Dr. Fresco’s research has focused on the development of treatments informed by affective and contemplative neuroscience findings that incorporate mindfulness meditation and other practices derived from Buddhist mental training exercises.  

Increasingly, with collaborators at ISR, Dr. Fresco has initiated clinical trials for treatment optimization and implementation utilizing adaptive intervention methodology (e.g., sequential multiple assignment randomized trials [SMART] & just-in-time adaptive interventions [JITAIs])

Much of his current and recent NIH-funded research has focused on examining neurobehavioral mechanisms and efficacy of mindfulness-enriched treatments for chronic illnesses, and the role of emotion regulation strategies in everyday life to reduce distress.

Areas of Interest

  •  Elucidating neurobehavioral underpinnings of emotion, emotion regulation, and distress
  •  Development and evaluation of mindfulness-based interventions for chronic emotional and medical conditions complicated by distress
  •  Basic, translational, and treatment implications of metacognitive capacities (e.g., decentering)

Clinical Interests

  •  Emotion Regulation Therapy
  •  Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  •  Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Credentials

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Adult Anxiety Clinic, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA (Clinical Psychology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA (Psychology-Honors), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA