Wolf Mehling, MD

Family Community Medicine
+1 415 353-9506

Dr. Wolf Mehling specializes in family and community medicine as well as integrative medicine.

Mehling earned his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Hamburg in Germany. He worked in private practice in Germany for 12 years before moving to the United States, where he completed a residency in family practice at Sutter Health. He then completed a clinical research fellowship in family medicine at UCSF.

Mehling has studied manual therapy, psychotherapy and various techniques of bodywork, such as breath therapy, Feldenkrais Method, yoga, massage and Rolfing. He also has instructed German physicians and physical therapists in manual therapy.


Adaptation of an In-Person Mind-Body Movement Program for People with Cognitive Impairment or Dementia and Care Partners for Online Delivery: Feasibility, Satisfaction and Participant-Reported Outcomes.

Global advances in integrative medicine and health

Nicosia FM, Lee JA, Chesney MA, Benjamin C, Lee AN, Mehling W, Sudore RL, Barnes DE

Biobehavioral Assessments in BACPAC: Recommendations, Rationale, and Methods.

Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.)

Greco CM, Wasan AD, Schneider MJ, Mehling W, Williams DA, Darwin J, Harte SE

The BACPAC Research Program Data Harmonization: Rationale for Data Elements and Standards.

Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.)

Batorsky A, Bowden AE, Darwin J, Fields AJ, Greco CM, Harris RE, Hue TF, Kakyomya J, Mehling W, O'Neill C, Patterson CG, Piva SR, Sollmann N, Toups V, Wasan AD, Wasserman R, Williams DA, Vo NV, Psioda MA, McCumber M

Theoretical Schemas to Guide BACPAC Chronic Low Back Pain Clinical Research.

Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.)

Chau A, Steib S, Whitaker E, Kohns D, Quinter A, Craig A, Chiodo A, Chandran S, Laidlaw A, Schott Z, Farlow N, Yarjanian J, Omwanghe A, Wasserman R, O'Neill C, Clauw D, Bowden A, Marras W, Carey T, Mehling W, Hunt A, Lotz J

CAPER: Patient Preferences to Inform Non-Surgical Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain (cLBP): A Discrete Choice Experiment.

Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.)

Wilson L, Zheng P, Ionova Y, Denham A, Yoo C, Ma Y, Greco CM, Hanmer J, Williams DA, Hassett AL, Scheffler AW, Valone F, Mehling W, Berven S, Lotz J, O'Neill C

Evidence-based interventions to treat chronic low back pain: treatment selection for a personalized medicine approach.

Pain reports

Mauck MC, Aylward AF, Barton CE, Birckhead B, Carey T, Dalton DM, Fields AJ, Fritz J, Hassett AL, Hoffmeyer A, Jones SB, McLean SA, Mehling WE, O'Neill CW, Schneider MJ, Williams DA, Zheng P, Wasan AD

Yoga for firefighters: Evaluation of a quality improvement program in California fire departments.

Journal of bodywork and movement therapies

Floyd E, Rackelmann S, McQuaide S, Hartogensis W, Mehling W

Qigong Training Positively Impacts Both Posture and Mood in Breast Cancer Survivors With Persistent Post-surgical Pain: Support for an Embodied Cognition Paradigm.

Frontiers in psychology

Quixadá AP, Miranda JGV, Osypiuk K, Bonato P, Vergara-Diaz G, Ligibel JA, Mehling W, Thompson ET, Wayne PM

Capnometric feedback training decreases 24-h blood pressure in hypertensive postmenopausal women.

BMC cardiovascular disorders

Anderson DE, Reeves AN, Mehling WE, Chesney MA

Guys and dolls: Two case reports of spontaneous interactions with dolls in male veterans with dementia.

Psychological services

Malinowski SD, Nicosia F, Mehling W, Woodstock R, Barnes DE

Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ): A Pilot Trial in Older Adults with Subjective Memory Decline and Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD

Chao LL, Lee JA, Martinez S, Barlow C, Chesney MA, Mehling WE, Barnes DE

Adaptive and Maladaptive Bodily Awareness: Distinguishing Interoceptive Sensibility and Interoceptive Attention from Anxiety-Induced Somatization in Autism and Alexithymia.

Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research

Trevisan DA, Mehling WE, McPartland JC

Exploring the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness in youth aged 7-17 years.

Journal of clinical psychology

Jones A, Silas J, Todd J, Stewart A, Acree M, Coulson M, Mehling WE

Students’ response to a Massage & Meditation medical school course elective


Maxwell Binstock, Leora Morinis, Shelley Adler, Wolf E. Mehling

Exercise treatment effect modifiers in persistent low back pain: an individual participant data meta-analysis of 3514 participants from 27 randomised controlled trials.

British journal of sports medicine

Hayden JA, Wilson MN, Stewart S, Cartwright JL, Smith AO, Riley RD, van Tulder M, Bendix T, Cecchi F, Costa LOP, Dufour N, Ferreira ML, Foster NE, Gudavalli MR, Hartvigsen J, Helmhout P, Kool J, Koumantakis GA, Kovacs FM, Kuukkanen T, Long A, Macedo LG, Machado LAC, Maher CG, Mehling W, Morone G, Peterson T, Rasmussen-Barr E, Ryan CG, Sjögren T, Smeets R, Staal JB, Unsgaard-Tøndel M, Wajswelner H, Yeung EW

The Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness, Version 2 (MAIA-2).

PloS one

Mehling WE, Acree M, Stewart A, Silas J, Jones A

Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness: Psychometric Properties of the Portuguese Version.

Perceptual and motor skills

Machorrinho J, Veiga G, Fernandes J, Mehling W, Marmeleira J

Interoception and Mental Health: A Roadmap.

Biological psychiatry. Cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging

Khalsa SS, Adolphs R, Cameron OG, Critchley HD, Davenport PW, Feinstein JS, Feusner JD, Garfinkel SN, Lane RD, Mehling WE, Meuret AE, Nemeroff CB, Oppenheimer S, Petzschner FH, Pollatos O, Rhudy JL, Schramm LP, Simmons WK, Stein MB, Stephan KE, Van den Bergh O, Van Diest I, von Leupoldt A, Paulus MP

Veterans Group Exercise: A randomized pilot trial of an Integrative Exercise program for veterans with posttraumatic stress.

Journal of affective disorders

Goldstein LA, Mehling WE, Metzler TJ, Cohen BE, Barnes DE, Choucroun GJ, Silver A, Talbot LS, Maguen S, Hlavin JA, Chesney MA, Neylan TC

A 12-week integrative exercise program improves self-reported mindfulness and interoceptive awareness in war veterans with posttraumatic stress symptoms.

Journal of clinical psychology

Mehling WE, Chesney MA, Metzler TJ, Goldstein LA, Maguen S, Geronimo C, Agcaoili G, Barnes DE, Hlavin JA, Neylan TC

Editorial: Interoception, Contemplative Practice, and Health.

Frontiers in psychology

Farb N, Mehling WE

Differentiating attention styles and regulatory aspects of self-reported interoceptive sensibility.

Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

Mehling W

Effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy on Body Awareness in Patients with Chronic Pain and Comorbid Depression.

Frontiers in psychology

de Jong M, Lazar SW, Hug K, Mehling WE, Hölzel BK, Sack AT, Peeters F, Ashih H, Mischoulon D, Gard T

Training in ChiRunning to reduce blood pressure: a randomized controlled pilot study.

BMC complementary and alternative medicine

McDermott K, Kumar D, Goldman V, Feng H, Mehling W, Moskowitz JT, Souza RB, Hecht FM

Investigating the relationship between interoceptive accuracy, interoceptive awareness, and emotional susceptibility.

Frontiers in psychology

Calì G, Ambrosini E, Picconi L, Mehling WE, Committeri G

Interoception, contemplative practice, and health.

Frontiers in psychology

Farb N, Daubenmier J, Price CJ, Gard T, Kerr C, Dunn BD, Klein AC, Paulus MP, Mehling WE

Clinical decision rule for primary care patient with acute low back pain at risk of developing chronic pain.

The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society

Mehling WE, Ebell MH, Avins AL, Hecht FM

Can a back pain screening tool help classify patients with acute pain into risk levels for chronic pain?

European journal of pain (London, England)

Mehling WE, Avins AL, Acree MC, Carey TS, Hecht FM

Preventing loss of independence through exercise (PLIÉ): a pilot clinical trial in older adults with dementia.

PloS one

Barnes DE, Mehling W, Wu E, Beristianos M, Yaffe K, Skultety K, Chesney MA

Self-reported interoceptive awareness in primary care patients with past or current low back pain.

Journal of pain research

Mehling WE, Daubenmier J, Price CJ, Acree M, Bartmess E, Stewart AL

Follow your breath: respiratory interoceptive accuracy in experienced meditators.


Daubenmier J, Sze J, Kerr CE, Kemeny ME, Mehling W

The Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA).

PloS one

Mehling WE, Price C, Daubenmier JJ, Acree M, Bartmess E, Stewart A

The prognosis of acute low back pain in primary care in the United States: a 2-year prospective cohort study.


Mehling WE, Gopisetty V, Bartmess E, Acree M, Pressman A, Goldberg H, Hecht FM, Carey T, Avins AL

Massage for children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation: a qualitative report.

Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM

Ackerman SL, Lown EA, Dvorak CC, Dunn EA, Abrams DI, Horn BN, Degelman M, Cowan MJ, Mehling WE

Hematopoietic cell transplant and use of massage for improved symptom management: results from a pilot randomized control trial.

Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM

Mehling WE, Lown EA, Dvorak CC, Cowan MJ, Horn BN, Dunn EA, Acree M, Abrams DI, Hecht FM

Acute low back pain and primary care: how to define recovery and chronification?


Mehling WE, Gopisetty V, Acree M, Pressman A, Carey T, Goldberg H, Hecht FM, Avins AL

Body Awareness: a phenomenological inquiry into the common ground of mind-body therapies.

Philosophy, ethics, and humanities in medicine : PEHM

Mehling WE, Wrubel J, Daubenmier JJ, Price CJ, Kerr CE, Silow T, Gopisetty V, Stewart AL

Yoga in heart failure patients: a pilot study.

Journal of cardiac failure

Howie-Esquivel J, Lee J, Collier G, Mehling W, Fleischmann K

Body awareness: construct and self-report measures.

PloS one

Mehling WE, Gopisetty V, Daubenmier J, Price CJ, Hecht FM, Stewart A

Symptom management with massage and acupuncture in postoperative cancer patients: a randomized controlled trial.

Journal of pain and symptom management

Mehling WE, Jacobs B, Acree M, Wilson L, Bostrom A, West J, Acquah J, Burns B, Chapman J, Hecht FM

Valerian for sleep: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

The American journal of medicine

Bent S, Padula A, Moore D, Patterson M, Mehling W

Randomized, controlled trial of breath therapy for patients with chronic low-back pain.

Alternative therapies in health and medicine

Mehling WE, Hamel KA, Acree M, Byl N, Hecht FM

Bias control in trials of bodywork: a review of methodological issues.

Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)

Mehling WE, DiBlasi Z, Hecht F

Feasibility of conducting a clinical trial on Hatha yoga for chronic low back pain: methodological lessons.

Alternative therapies in health and medicine

Jacobs BP, Mehling W, Avins AL, Goldberg HA, Acree M, Lasater JH, Cole RJ, Riley DS, Maurer S