Natalia E. Morone, MD, MS received her BA at Barnard College, Columbia University, her MD at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and her Master of Science in Clinical Research at University of Pittsburgh. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University and is a clinical general internist at Boston Medical Center. She is author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications that focus on integrative approaches for chronic pain, mindfulness, chronic low back pain, integration of mindfulness into clinical practice, and diversifying the biomedical research workforce. She is currently Principal Investigator of a UH3 award pragmatic clinical trial to evaluate telehealth delivered group mindfulness for chronic low back pain, multi-Principal Investigator of a 25-site randomized trial of a year-long professional development intervention to retain historically underrepresented groups in research, and Principal Investigator of a K24 midcareer development award to mentor early investigators in mind and body medicine and pain.
In addition to her research, she is co-Director of the CTSI Pathways to Research Independence and Mentoring Excellence (PRIME) program and is a member of the CTSI Workforce Development Group. She started an integrated acupuncture clinic within the Boston Medical Center General Internal Medicine Clinic. She received the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award for the Career Education and enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program and was named a Faculty Honoree.
Committed to mentoring, she mentors medical students, residents, fellows, post-docs, and junior faculty. Mentees have gone on to receive federal grant funding, have published their work in peer-reviewed journals and have presented their work both locally and nationally.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
My parents are from two different cultures and growing up speaking English and Spanish seemed normal to me. What also seemed normal was travelling between the United States and Venezuela to visit family while using a passport from each country since I had dual citizenship. Now I realize how lucky I was to have this upbringing as I learned to appreciate the value of different cultures from an early age. I think this exposure has influenced my entire life. I love research and supporting the careers of early-stage investigators who are underrepresented in research and so I taught for 6 years a year-long program called CEED at the University of Pittsburgh CTSI to do just that. We published our findings that showed participants in CEED were more likely to publish and stay in academia than those who had not participated in CEED. I now have two NIH grants to evaluate comprehensive programs to retain historically underrepresented groups in research. Recently, I started an NIH Diversity Supplement program at the BU CTSI to connect all early-stage underrepresented researchers with mentors to help provide some funding to support their research interests. Our Section of General Internal Medicine started a grass roots anti-racism group, and I am currently working on creating a demographics survey to collect more accurate information regarding the composition of the Section’s faculty. I am committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and value the richness this brings to the clinical, research, and teaching environments, as well as to my everyday life.
Abebe KZ, *Morone NE (co-first author), Mayowski CA, Rubio DM, Kapoor WK. Sowing the “CEED”s of a More Diverse Biomedical Workforce: The Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2019; 3(1):21-26.
White GE, Proulx CN, Morone NE, Murrell AJ, Rubio DM. Recruiting Underrepresented Individuals in a Double Pandemic: Lessons Learned in a Randomized Control Trial. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2021; 1-21. doi:10.1017/cts.2021.843.
Doyle J, Morone N, Proulx C, Althouse A, Rubio D, Thakar M, Murrell A, White G. Special Communication: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Underrepresented Early-career PhD and Physician Scientists. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2021; 1-21. doi:10.1017/cts.2021.851.
White GE, Proulx CN, Morone NE, Thakar MS, Murrell AJ, Althouse AD, Rubio DM. A mixed-methods analysis of gender and career status differences in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on underrepresented post-doctoral fellows and early-career faculty. 2022. Academic Medicine. In press.
U01 GM132133 (Rubio, Morone, Murrell)
Building Up, 8/15/19-6/30/24
To build the knowledge base of evidence-based interventions that advance the careers of postdocs, fellows, and junior faculty who are under-represented in the biomedical research workforce, we are proposing to test an intervention using near-peer mentoring.
U24 DK132733 (Stanley, Morone, Stanford)
Creating Opportunities for Underrepresented Researchers to Achieve Growth and Excellence (COURAGE).
The purpose of COURAGE is to provide skill-building, leadership development, hands-on mentored experience in manuscript writing and grant preparation, and multi-level mentoring to support underrepresented researchers in obesity, nutrition, and diabetes.
Related Award: Program Awardee and Faculty Honoree, Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award for the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program, University of Pittsburgh, 2014.
CTSI Diversity Supplement Matching Program Link:
Institutional Career Development
04/15/2020 - 03/31/2025 (PI)NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences5KL2TR001411-08
Creating Opportunities for Underrepresented Researchers to Achieve Growth and Excellence (COURAGE)
07/15/2022 - 05/31/2027 (PI)Massachusetts General Hospital National Institutes 1U24DK132733-01
Mentoring and Patient-Oriented Research in Mind and Body Practices
09/15/2021 - 08/31/2026 (PI)National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS1K24AT011561-01
COPC Administrative Supplement to Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain in the Primary Care
09/06/2022 - 08/31/2024 (PI)National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS3UH3AT010621-04S1
Diversity Supplement for Group-based mindfulness for patients with chronic pain in the primary care setting
09/15/2021 - 08/31/2024 (PI)National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS3UH3AT010621-03S1
Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain in the Primary Care Setting - UH3
09/18/2020 - 08/31/2024 (PI)National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS4UH3AT010621-02
08/15/2019 - 06/30/2024 (PI)University of Pittsburgh National Institute o1U01GM132133-01
Admin Supplement to Group-Based Mindfulness for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain in the Primary Care
09/15/2021 - 08/31/2023 (PI)National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS3UH3AT010621-03S2
Creating and Optimizing Mindfulness Measures to Enhance and Normalize Clinical Evaluation(COMMENCE)
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)Northwestern University National Center for
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05/15/2019 - 04/30/2023 (PI)Boston University National Institute o
Group-based mindfulness for patients with chronic low back pain in the primary care setting
09/28/2019 - 08/31/2021 (PI)National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/NIH/DHHS1UG3AT010621-01
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Greco CM, Dore GA, Weinberg JM, Roth I, Thomas HN, Lawrence S, Rodriguez R, McGillis M, Morone NE. A Brief Measure of Fidelity for Mindfulness Programs: Development and Evaluation of the Concise Fidelity for Mindfulness-Based Interventions Tool. Glob Adv Integr Med Health. 2023; 12:27536130231174234.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37426338; PMCID: PMC10327996; DOI: 10.1177/27536130231174234;
Roseen EJ, Smith CN, Essien UR, Cozier YC, Joyce C, Morone NE, Phillips RS, Gergen Barnett K, Patterson CG, Wegener ST, Brennan GP, Delitto A, Saper RB, Beneciuk JM, Stevans JM. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Incidence of High-Impact Chronic Pain Among Primary Care Patients with Acute Low Back Pain: A Cohort Study. Pain Med. 2023 Jun 01; 24(6):633-643.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36534910; PMCID: PMC10233486; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnac193;
Thakar MS, Mitchell-Miland C, Morone NE, Althouse AD, Murrell AJ, Rubio DM, White GE. Perseverance and consistency of interest in underrepresented post-doctoral fellows and early-career faculty. J Clin Transl Sci. 2023; 7(1):e100. PMID: 37250996; PMCID: PMC10225262; DOI: 10.1017/cts.2023.523;
White GE, Proulx CN, Morone NE, Thakar MS, Murrell AJ, Althouse AD, Rubio DM. A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Gender and Career Status Differences in the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Underrepresented Postdoctoral Fellows and Early-Career Faculty. Acad Med. 2022 Dec 01; 97(12):1824-1831. PMID: 36449920; PMCID: PMC9696762; DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004948;
White GE, Proulx CN, Rubio DM, Thakar MS, Morone NE, Mitchell-Miland C, Althouse AD, Murrell AJ. The impact of social unrest due to systemic racism on underrepresented post-doctoral fellows and early-career faculty. J Clin Transl Sci. 2022; 6(1):e112. PMID: 36285023; PMCID: PMC9549581; DOI: 10.1017/cts.2022.445;
DiNardo MM, Greco C, Phares AD, Beyer NM, Youk AO, Obrosky DS, Morone NE, Owen JE, Saba SK, Suss SJ, Siminerio L. Effects of an integrated mindfulness intervention for veterans with diabetes distress: a randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2022 Mar; 10(2). PMID: 35346971; PMCID: PMC8961140; DOI: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2021-002631;
Morone NE, Herbeck BB, Huang Y, Abebe KZ, Rollman BL, Jonassaint CR. The Impact of Optimism and Pain Interference on Response to Online Behavioral Treatment for Mood and Anxiety Symptoms. Psychosom Med. 2021 Nov-Dec 01; 83(9):1067-1074. PMID: 34267085; PMCID: PMC8578348; DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000980;
Doyle JM, Morone NE, Proulx CN, Althouse AD, Rubio DM, Thakar MS, Murrell AJ, White GE. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on underrepresented early-career PhD and physician scientists. J Clin Transl Sci. 2021; 5(1):e174. PMID: 34721892; PMCID: PMC8545843; DOI: 10.1017/cts.2021.851;
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2018 Pittsburgh Magazine:
Named one of Pittsburgh's Best Doctors in 2018
2017 Pittsburgh Magazine:
Named one of Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors in 2017
2014 VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System:
2014 Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award:
Program Awardee and Faculty Honoree
2005-2010 Multidisciplinary Research Scholar:
1997-1999 National Health Services Corps:
Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions)
I am committed to mentoring and welcome inquiries about mentoring. I mentor people at different stages of their careers, including medical students, residents, pre-docs, post-docs, and junior faculty. I currently have a mid-career development award with funding available to mentees for research and travel for those conducting research in mind and body therapies, and particularly mind and body therapies and/or complementary therapies for pain.
Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
Research / Scholarly Mentor