Rick Hecht, MD is Research Director of the UCSF Osher Center, Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and Osher Foundation Endowed Chair in Research in Integrative Medicine. He is trained in internal medicine, and received training in clinical research methods during a fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at UCSF. Dr. Hecht has built a research program at the UCSF Osher Center that focuses on rigorous testing of innovative approaches to lifestyle interventions, and the health effects of mind-body interventions. One of his overall interests is in clinical research methodology. His research incorporates a psychoneuroimmunology approach to studying the effects of mind-body practices on the endocrine, metabolic, and immune systems. His research areas include incorporating mindfulness components into lifestyle interventions to improve adherence to healthy diets in obesity and diabetes, and how to measure intervention fidelity and teacher skill in mindfulness interventions. He is the author of over 230 peer-reviewed articles, has been the principal investigator of 11 NIH grants, and served a variety of NIH grant review committees. He directs the UCSF Training in Research in Integrative Medicine fellowship program (with Shelley Adler, PhD), funded by an NIH T32 grant. He has played a variety of leadership roles in the field of integrative medicine research, and is currently the Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health.