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Christopher Stauffer, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    San Francisco VA Medical Center/UCSFFellowship2016Psychiatry Research
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency2014Adult General Psychiatry
    Oregon Health & Science UniversityM.D.2010Medicine
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    Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction2018Best Research Abstract - Runner-Up

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    Chris Stauffer received his MD from Oregon Health & Science University in 2010 and completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2014. He also completed a post-graduate Psychiatry Research Fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC). He is currently Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCSF, is the recipient of a VA Career Development Award, and is dual board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Clinically, he specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder. His research combines clinical psychiatry, social neuroscience, and attachment theory; specifically, he investigates the use of social psychopharmacology - such as oxytocin, MDMA, and psilocybin - as an adjunct to psychotherapy for substance use disorders and PTSD. Dr. Stauffer is the Principal Investigator of several clinical trials using intranasal oxytocin to enhance treatment for substance use disorders. He is sub-investigator and study therapist for the Phase 3 trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for severe PTSD funded by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and for a Phase 2 trial of psilocybin-enhanced psychotherapy for demoralization in longterm AIDS survivors, both taking place at UCSF.

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    1. Stauffer CS, Meinzer NK, Morrison T, Wen JH, Radanovich L, Leung D, Niles A, O'Donovan A, Batki SL, Woolley JD. Effects of oxytocin administration on cue-induced craving in co-occurring alcohol use disorder and PTSD: a within-participant randomized clinical trial. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2019 Oct 14. PMID: 31610033.
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    2. Rapier R, McKernan S, Stauffer CS. An inverse relationship between perceived social support and substance use frequency in socially stigmatized populations. Addict Behav Rep. 2019 Dec; 10:100188. PMID: 31294075.
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    3. Trope A, Anderson BT, Hooker AR, Glick G, Stauffer C, Woolley JD. Psychedelic-Assisted Group Therapy: A Systematic Review. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2019 Apr-Jun; 51(2):174-188. PMID: 30950777.
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    4. Stauffer CS, Moschetto JM, McKernan SM, Hsiang E, Borsari B, Woolley JD. Oxytocin-enhanced motivational interviewing group therapy for methamphetamine use disorder in men who have sex with men: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2019 Feb 21; 20(1):145. PMID: 30791944.
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    5. Christopher Stauffer, Tyler Morrison, David Leung, Jin-Hui Wen, Steven Batki, Thomas Neylan, Aoife O'Donovan, Joshua Woolley. S16. The Effects of Oxytocin on Comorbid Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD): An Examination of Alcohol Craving, Social Perception, and Fear Potentiated Startle. Biological Psychiatry. 2018 May 1; 83(9):s352-s353.
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    6. Christopher Stauffer, Jenna Moschetto, Scott McKernan, Elaine Hsiang, Josh Woolley. T260. Oxytocin-Enhanced Motivational Interviewing Group Therapy for Methamphetamine Use Disorder in Men Who Have Sex With Men: Preliminary Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial. Biological Psychiatry. 2018 May 1; 83(9):s230-s231.
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    7. Stauffer CS, Dobberteen L, Woolley JD. American Alcohol Photo Stimuli (AAPS): A standardized set of alcohol and matched non-alcohol images. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2017 11; 43(6):647-655. PMID: 27893279.
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    8. Stauffer CS, Musinipally V, Suen A, Lynch KL, Shapiro B, Woolley JD. A two-week pilot study of intranasal oxytocin for cocaine-dependent individuals receiving methadone maintenance treatment for opioid use disorder. Addict Res Theory. 2016; 24(6):490-498. PMID: 28503120.
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    9. Woolley JD, Arcuni PA, Stauffer CS, Fulford D, Carson DS, Batki S, Vinogradov S. The effects of intranasal oxytocin in opioid-dependent individuals and healthy control subjects: a pilot study. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2016 07; 233(13):2571-80. PMID: 27137199.
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    10. Stauffer CS, Woolley JD. Can we bottle psychosocial treatments for addiction? The role of oxytocin. J Clin Psychiatry. 2014 Sep; 75(9):1028-9. PMID: 25295428.
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