Peer-reviewed publications in NCBI-My Bibliography [Link]

h-index = 23 [Link]

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

In Preparation/Under Review

  1. Vago, D. R., Pan, H., Young, S., Silbersweig, D., Stern, E. Fronto-striatal-limbic and Modality-specific Markers of Clarity in Novice and Advanced Meditators During Open Monitoring and Concentrative Meditative States of Tranquility. In Preparation
  2. Vago, D. R.*, Root, J.*, Pan, H., Perez, D. L., Weisholtz, D., Butler, T., Epstein, J., Silbersweig, D. A., Stern, E. Engaging Threat of 9/11 Imagery with Cognitive Control: Frontolimbic Neural Circuit Activity is Dependent on Direct Versus Indirect Exposure to Trauma of 9/11 Attacks on World Trade Center. In Preparation
  3. Matwin, S., Foote-Pearce, M., Vago, D.R. A Continuum of Mindfulness for short- and long-term practice. In Preparation
  4. Tom, M., Vago, D. R. Equanimity in Neuropsychiatry: Science and Applications. In Oxford University Press, “The Virtues in Psychiatric Practice”. In Preparation, Spring, 2021.
  5. Vago, D. R., Sevinc, G., Lazar, S. Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, and Self-Transcendence: Identifying and Validating neurobiological network dynamics underlying Self-transformation due to Mindfulness training. Brain Sciences. In Preparation, Spring, 2021
  6. Vago, D.R. How Does Meditation Change the Body-Mind-Brain? A Neurophilosophical and Pragmatic Account of Body-Mind-Brain Interactions and Relevance to Clinical Health and Well-being. InRoutledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Meditation. Spring, 2021.
  7. Desbordes, Acabchuk, R., Peters, S., Dumais, T., Moitra, E., Lipsky, J., Kimmel, H., Sager, L., Rahrig, H., Cheaito, A., Acero, P., Scharf, J., Lazar, S., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Lindahl, J., Ferrer, R., Loucks, E., Britton, W. Vago, D.R. Self-Related Processes Engaged by Mindfulness-Based Interventions: A Narrative Review and Interpretive Synthesis. Under Review
  8. Berkovich-Ohana, A. Raffone, A., Vago, D.R., Slagter, H., Barendregt, H., Trautwein, M., Giommi, G., Ostafin, B.D., Nyklicek, I., Bauer-Sola, P., Warren Brown, K. Perspectives on Self-transformation through Mindfulness. In Preparation.


  1. Wallenstein, G.V. and Vago, D.R. (2001) Intrahippocampal Scopolamine Impairs Both Acquisition and Consolidation of Contextual Fear Conditioning. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 75, 245-252. Epub 2001/04/13. doi: 10.1006/nlme.2001.4005. PubMed PMID: 11300731.
  2. Wallenstein, G.V., Vago, D.R., Walberer, A.M. (2002) Time-dependent involvement of PKA/PKC in contextual memory consolidation. Behavioural Brain Research. 133, 159-164. PMID: 12110449
  3. Vago, D.R., Kesner, R.P. (2007) Cholinergic modulation of Pavlovian fear conditioning in rats: Differential effects of intrahippocampal infusion of mecamylamine and methyllycaconitine. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 87, 441-9. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2006.11.001. PubMed PMID: 17178240.
  4. Vago, D.R., Bevan, A., Kesner, R.P. (2007) The role of the direct perforant path input to the dorsal CA1 subregion in memory retention and retrieval. Hippocampus. 17, 977-987. Epub 2007/07/03. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20329. PubMed PMID: 17604347.
  5. Vago, D.R., Kesner, R.P. (2008) Disruption of the direct perforant path input to the CA1 subregion of the dorsal hippocampus interferes with spatial working memory and novelty detection. Behavioural Brain Research. 189, 273-83. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2008.01.002. PubMed PMID: 18313770.
  6. Vago, D. R., Epstein, J., Cattenacio, E. Stern, E. (2011) Identification of Neural Targets for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders: The role of functional neuroimaging. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America. 22, 279-305. doi: 10.1016/ PubMed PMID: 21435577.
  7. Min, B-K, Yang, P. S., Bohlke, M., Park, S., Vago, D. R., Maher, T. J., Yoo, S-S. (2011) Focused ultrasound modulates the level of cortical neurotransmitters: Feasibility for a functional brain mapping technique. International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology. 21, 232-240. doi:10.1002/ima.20284
  8. Vago, D. R., Nakamura, Y.(2011)Increased Selective Attention Towards Pain-related Threat in Fibromyalgia: Preliminary Evidence for Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Training. Cognitive Therapy & Research. 35, 581-594. Mindfulness Meditation Training. Cognitive Therapy & Research. 35, 581-594. doi:10.1007/s10608-011-9391-x
  9. Holzel, B. K., Lazar, S. W., Gard, T., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Vago, D. R., Ott, U. (2011) How does mindfulness work? Proposing mechanisms of action from a conceptual and neural perspective. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 6, 537-559. doi :10.1177/1745691611419671. PMID:26168376.
  10. Perez, D. L., Root, J., Brown, A., Vago, D. R., Epstein, J., Cloitre, M., Silbersweig, D., Stern, E. (2012) Frontolimbic Gray-Matter Abnormalities in Childhood Sexual Trauma-Related PTSD. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 24(2): 12-12.
  11. Mind and Life Education Research Network (listed alphabetically: Davidson, RJ, Dunne, J, Eccles, JS, Engle, A, Greenberg, M, Jennings, P, Jha, A, Jinpa, T, Lantieri, L., Meyer, D., Roeser, RW, Vago, DR. (2012) Contemplative practices and mental training: Prospects for American Education. Child Development Perspectives. 6 (2), 146-153. doi:10.1111/j.1750-8606.  
  12. Vago, D. R., and Silbersweig, D. A. (2012). Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, and Self-Transcendence (S-ART): A Framework for Understanding the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Mindfulness. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6:296. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2012.00296
  13. Orringer, D., Vago, D. R., Golby, A.J. (2013) Clinical Applications and Future Directions of Functional MRI. Seminars in Neurology. 32(4), 466-475. DOI:10.1055/s-0032-1331816
  14. Vago, D. R. (2013). Mapping modalities of self-awareness in mindfulness practice: A potential mechanism for clarifying habits of mind.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1-15.  doi:10.1111/nyas.12270
  15. Davis, J. H, * Vago, D. R. * (2013) Can enlightenment be traced to specific neural correlates, cognition, or behavior? No, and (a qualified) Yes. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 4(870). (* shared first authorship) doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00870
  16. Desbordes, G.*, Gard, T.*, Hoge, E.*, Holzel, B.*, Kerr, C.*, Lazar, S.*, Olendzski, A.*, Vago, D.R.* (2014). Moving beyond Mindfulness: Defining Equanimity as an Outcome Measure in Meditation Research. Mindfulness. (* shared first authorship) doi:1868-8527 (Print).
  17. Kripalu Yoga Research Consortium (listed alphabetically: Gard, T.*, Vago, D. R.*, Noggle, J., Park, C., Wilson, A. (2014). Potential self-regulatory mechanisms of yoga for psychological health: Directions for future research. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (* shared first authorship) doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00770
  18. Perez, D. L., Barsky, A. J., Vago, D. R., Baslet, G., & Silbersweig, D. A. (2015). A neural circuit framework for somatosensory amplification in somatoform disorders. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, 27(1), e40-50. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13070170
  19. Cheek, J., Lipschitz, D.L., Abrams, L., Vago, D.R., Nakamura, Y. (2015). Dynamic reflexivity in action: An armchair walkthrough of a qualitatively driven mixed-method and multiple method study of Mindfulness-Based Skills Training in School Children. Qualitative Health Research, 25(6), 751-762. doi:10.1177/1049732315582022
  20. Perez, D. L. Pan, H., Weisholtz, D., Root, J., Fischer, D., Butler, T., Vago, D. R., Isenberg, N., Epstein, J., Silbersweig, D. A., Stern, E. (2015) Altered threat and safety neural processing linked to persecutory delusions in schizophrenia: a two task functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 233(3), 352-366. doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2015.06.002
  21. Perez, D. L.*, Vago, D. R.*, Pan, H., Root, J. Fuchs, B. H., Epstein, J., Clarkin, J., Lenzenweger, M. F., Kernberg, O., Levy, K., Silbersweig, D. A., Stern, E. (2015). Frontolimbic neural changes associated with clinical improvement following transference-focused psychotherapy in borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 70(1), 51-61. (* shared first authorship) doi:10.1016/j.pscychresns.2015.06.002
  22. Hadash, Y., Plonsker, R., Vago, D. R., & Bernstein, A. (2016). Experiential self-referential and selfless processing in mindfulness and mental health: Conceptual model and implicit measurement methodology. Psychol Assess, 28(7), 856-869. doi:10.1037/pas0000300
  23. Vago, D. R., Zeidan, F. (2016). The brain on silent: mind-wandering, mindful awareness, and states of mental tranquility. New York Academy of Sciences, 1373(1), 96-113. doi:10.1111/nyas.13171
  24. Zeidan, F., Vago, D.R. (2016).Mindfulness meditation-based pain relief: A mechanistic account. New York Academy of Sciences, (1373),1: 114-127. doi:10.1111/nyas.13171
  25. Yaden, D. B., Haidt, J., Hood Jr, R. W., Vago, D. R., & Newberg, A. B. (2017). The Varieties of Self-Transcendent Experience. Review of General Psychology. doi:10.1037/gpr0000102
  26. Cheek, J., Abrams, E. M., Lipschitz, D. L., Vago, D. R., Nakamura, Y. (2017). Creating novel school-based education programs to cultivate mindfulness in youth: What the letters told us. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0761-1
  27. Van Dam, N. T., van Vugt, M. K., Vago, D. R., Schmalzl, L., Saron, C. D., Olendzki, A., Meissner, T., Lazar, S. W., Kerr, C. E., Gorchov, J., Fox, K. C. R., Field, B. A., Britton, W. B., Brefczynski-Lewis, J. A., Meyer, D. E. (2017). Mind the hype: A critical evaluation and prescriptive agenda for mindfulness and meditation research. Perspectives on Psychological Science. doi:10.1177/1745691617709589
  28. Van Dam, N. T., van Vugt, M. K., Vago, D. R., Schmalzl, L., Saron, C. D., Olendzki, A., Meissner, T., Lazar, S. W., Kerr, C. E., Gorchov, J., Fox, K. C. R., Field, B. A., Britton, W. B., Brefczynski-Lewis, J. A., Meyer, D. E. (2017). Reiterated Concerns and Further Challenges for Mindfulness and Meditation Research: A Reply to Davidson and Dahl. Perspectives on Psychological Science, (1),66-69. PMID: 29016240. PMCID:PMC5817933. doi:10.1177/1745691617727529.
  29. Yaden, D. B., Meleis, M., Newberg, A. B., Vago, D. R., McDaniel, J. (2018). Cross-Cultural Contributions to Psychology and Neuroscience: Self, Mind, and Mindfulness in Buddhism. Pacific World 3(19), 53-68.doi:10.1037/gpr0000102
  30. Vieten, C., Wahbeh, H, Cahn, R. B., MacLean, K., Estrada, M., Millis, P., Shapiro, S., Radin, D., Josipovic, J., Presti, D. E., Sapiro, M., Chozen Bays, J., Russell, P., Vago, D. R., Travis, F., Walsh, R., Delorme, A. (2018). Future directions in meditation research: Recommendations for expanding the field of contemplative science. PLOS ONE. 13(11):e0205740. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205740
  31. Vago, D. R., Gupta, R. S., & Lazar, S. W. (2018). Measuring cognitive outcomes in mindfulness-based intervention research: a reflection on confounding factors and methodological limitations. Curr Opin Psychol, 28, 143-150. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.12.015
  32. Schoenberg, P.L.A.,Greenberg, J., Tang, Y-Y., Vago, D.R. (2018). Neuroscience of Compassion: Multidimensional construct and integrative health skill. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 7, 1-285: 34. doi:10.1177/2164956118773837. *Corrigendum by publisher: vol.8:1.
  33. Schoenberg, P., Vago, D.R. (2019). Mapping Meditative States and Stages with Electrophysiology: Concepts, Classifications, and Methods.Curr Opin Psychol, 28, 211-217. Doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.01.007. 
  34. Bernstein, A., Vago, D. R., & Barnhofer, T. (2019). Editorial Overview: Understanding Mindfulness, One Moment at a Time: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Current opinion in psychology. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.08.001.
  35. Loucks, E. B., Nardi, W., R., Gutman, R., Kronish, I. M., Saadeh, F. B., Wentz, A. E., Webb, J., Vago, D.R., Harrison, A., Britton, W. B. Loucks EB, Nardi WR, Gutman R, et al. Mindfulness-Based Blood Pressure Reduction (MB-BP): Stage 1 single-arm clinical trial. (2019) PLoS One, 14(11):e0223095.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0223095
  36. Gupta, R. S., Kujawa, A., Vago, D. R. The Neural Chronometry of Attentional Bias: Evidence for Early and Late Stages of Selective Attentional Processing. (2019). International Journal of Psychophysiology, 146:20–42. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.08.006
  37. Loucks, E. B., Nardi, W. R., Gutman, R., Saadeh, F. B., Li, Y., Vago, D. R., Fiske, L. B., Spas, J. J., Harrison, A. (2020). Mindfulness-based College: A Stage 1 Randomized Controlled Trial for University Student Well-Being. Psychosomatic Medicine. Psychosomatic Medicine.
  38. Schuman-Olivier, Z., Trombka, M., Lovas, D. A., Brewer, J. A., Vago, D. R., Gawande, R., Dunne, J. P., Lazar, S. W., Loucks, E. B., & Fulwiler, C. (2020). Mindfulness and Behavior Change. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 28(6). doi: 10.1097/HRP.0000000000000277
  39. Gupta, R., Kujawa, A., Kang, H., Vago, D.R. Investigating ERP Components of Attentional Bias in Anxious Adults using Temporospatial Principal Component Analysis. Journal of Psychophysiology. In Press.
  40. Hoge, E.A., Acabchuk, R.L., Kimmel, H., Moitra, E., Britton, W.B., Dumais, T., Ferrer, R.A., Lazar, S.W., Vago, D.R., Lipsky, J., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Cheaito, A., Sager, L., Peters, S., Rahrig, H., Acero, P., Scharf, J., Loucks, E.B., & Fulwiler, C. Emotion-related constructs engaged by mindfulness-based interventions: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Mindfulness. In Press.
  41. Whitfield, T., Barnhofer, T., Acabchuk, R., Cohen, A., Lee, M., Schlosser, M., ….., Lutz, A., Lazar, S., Vago, D.R., Marchant, N. The effect of mindfulness-based programs on cognitive performance in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review. In Press

Books, book chapters, invited review articles:

  1. Wallenstein, G.V., Vago, D.R., Walberer, A.M. (2001) Hippocampus. In Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences, Academic Press.
  2. Roeser, R.W., Vago, D.R., Pinela, C., Morris, L.S., Taylor, C., and Harrison, J. (2013). “Contemplative Education: Cultivating Positive Mental Skills and Social-Emotional Dispositions through Mindfulness Training,” in Handbook of Moral and Character Education.2nd ed.
  3. Vago, D.R., Morris, L.S., Wallenstein, G.V., (2014) Hippocampus. In Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences, 2nd ed. Academic Press.
  4. Vago, D.R., Morris, L.S., Wallenstein, G.V., (2016) Hippocampus. In Encyclopedia of Neurological Sciences, 2nd ed. Academic Press.
  5. McKernan, L.C., Coronado, R, & Vago, D.R. (2020). Clinical Hypnosis and Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Spinal Pain.  In C. Liberson (ed), Rehabilitation of the Spine, 3rd edition. 


  1. Vago, D.R., Hone, A., Barrett, C., Kesner, R. P., Wallenstein, G. V. (2002).  Intrahippocampal blockade of α7, α3β2, α2β4, and α4β4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors disrupts early consolidation and acquisition of contextual fear. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 185.2.
  2. Vago, D.R., Calder, A., Kesner, R. P. (2003).  Functional characterization of the direct perforant path into the hippocampus. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 835.2.
  3. Vago, D.R., Kesner, R. P. (2004).  The role of the direct perforant path in retrieval and detection of spatial change. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 434.3.
  4. Vago, D.R., Kesner, R. P. (2005).  An electrophysiological and behavioral characterization of the temporoammonic pathway: Disruption produces deficits in retrieval and spatial mismatch. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 647.5.
  5. Nakamura Y., Vago, D.R., Volinn, E. (2007).  Mindfulness Meditation Training for Fibromyalgia (Chronic Pain Condition). Abstract published in the Proceedings of the meeting, “Toward a Science of Consciousness”, Budapest, Hungary.
  6. Roeser RW, Sims, JM, Mills, KLM, Carlson, BR, Vago D.R (2011) Pilot Study of a Music-based Mindfulness Training (MBMT) for Stress-Reduction Among College-Attending Adults. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
  7. Brown A, Root J, Perez DL, Vago, D.R., Teuscher O, Pan H, Cloitre M, LeDoux J, Silbersweig D, Stern E. (2011) Functional and Structural Abnormalities in Childhood Sexual Abuse-Treated PTSD: Implications for Characterization and Treatment. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.  
  8. Vago, D. R., Pan, H., Stern, E., & Silbersweig, D. A. (2013). Neural Substrates Underlying Modalities of Awareness in Mindfulness Practice. Abstract published in J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci, 25(2), 102.
  9. Gupta, R.S., Fresco, D.M., Bernstein, A., Kang, H., Mohr, E.M., Schoenberg, P.L.A., Vago, D.R. (2019) The effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on event-related potential markers of attentional bias in anxiety. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts.
  10. Schoenberg, P.L.A., Henry, J.M., Vago, D.R., Speckens, A.E.M (2019). Modulated electrocortical current density dynamics in major depression following mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts.
  11. Mohr, E.M.,Brandmeyer, T., Hecht, R., Gupta, R. S., Schoenberg, P. L. A., Vago, D. R. (2019).The effects of mindfulness-based interventions on sustained attention and inhibitory control. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts.
  12. Mohr, E.M.,Brandmeyer, T., Hecht, R., Gupta, R. S., Schoenberg, P. L. A., Vago, D. R. (2020).Sustained attention and inhibitory control in patients exposed to Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  13. Gupta, R. S., Kujawa, A., Fresco, D.M., Bernstein, A., Kang, H., Schoenberg, P.L.A., Vago, D.R. (2020). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: It’s got (event-related) potential for attentional bias in anxiety. Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  14. Schoenberg, P.L.A., Mohr, E.M., Gupta, R.S., Kirchberg, S., Vago, D.R. (2020). Modulated Error-Related Negativity (ERN/ERP) to Negative Stimuli in Depressed patients exposed to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Cognitive Neuroscience Society.