Laura Straus, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address4150 Clement St, #101
San Francisco CA 94121
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    San Francisco VA Medical Center, Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical CentersFellowship12/2019Clinical Research
    San Francisco VA Medical CenterInternship06/2017Clinical Psychology
    San Diego State University / UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical PsychologyPh.D.06/2017Clinical Psychology
    San Diego State University / UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical PsychologyM.S.05/2014Clinical Psychology
    University of California, BerkeleyB.A.05/2008Psychology

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    Dr. Straus is a psychologist and clinical science researcher based at the San Francisco VA medical center. Her research interests include: 1) sleep disturbance and emotional processes, including sleep disruption as a mechanism in trauma and stressor-related disorders; and 2) sleep disruption and its effects on daytime cognition and functioning.

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    Examining the Effect of Sleep Disruption on Emotion Regulation and Trauma-Related Symptoms in Veterans
    NIH IK2CX002032Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    REM Sleep, Safety Signal Learning, and Extinction Processes in PTSD
    NIH F31MH106209Jul 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Sleep Disruption in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Advances in the Psychobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms. 2023 Nov 23; 51-65. Straus SL, Rama RS, Abirgas AK, Colvonen CP. .
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    2. Beta spectral power during sleep is associated with impaired recall of extinguished fear. Sleep. 2023 Oct 11; 46(10). Denis D, Bottary R, Cunningham TJ, Drummond SPA, Straus LD. PMID: 37542729; PMCID: PMC10566240.
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    3. Potential Limitations for Assessing Adverse Posttraumatic Neuropsychiatric Sequelae With Wrist-Wearable Device and Self-report Survey-Reply. JAMA Psychiatry. 2023 07 01; 80(7):752. Straus LD, Neylan TC, McLean SA. PMID: 37163282.
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    4. Utility of Wrist-Wearable Data for Assessing Pain, Sleep, and Anxiety Outcomes After Traumatic Stress Exposure. JAMA Psychiatry. 2023 03 01; 80(3):220-229. Straus LD, An X, Ji Y, McLean SA, Neylan TC, AURORA Study Group, Cakmak AS, Richards A, Clifford GD, Liu M, Zeng D, House SL, Beaudoin FL, Stevens JS, Linnstaedt SD, Germine LT, Bollen KA, Rauch SL, Haran JP, Storrow AB, Lewandowski C, Musey PI, Hendry PL, Sheikh S, Jones CW, Punches BE, Kurz MC, Swor RA, Hudak LA, Seamon MJ, Datner EM, Chang AM, Pearson C, Peak DA, Merchant RC, Domeier RM, Rathlev NK, O'Neil BJ, Sergot P, Sanchez LD, Bruce SE, Miller MW, Pietrzak RH, Joormann J, Barch DM, Pizzagalli DA, Sheridan JF, Harte SE, Elliott JM, Kessler RC, Ressler KJ, Koenen KC. PMID: 36630119; PMCID: PMC9857758.
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    5. The Impact of Sleep on Fear Extinction. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2023; 64:133-156. Bottary R, Straus LD, Pace-Schott EF. PMID: 37495898.
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    6. Worse sleep, worsening post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Poor sleep quality associated with increases in PTSD symptoms amongst those experiencing high threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. J Sleep Res. 2022 10; 31(5):e13568. Straus LD, Dolsen EA, Nishimi K, Neylan TC, O'Donovan A. PMID: 35199399; PMCID: PMC9115198.
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    7. The relationship of fear-potentiated startle and polysomnography-measured sleep in trauma-exposed men and women with and without PTSD: testing REM sleep effects and exploring the roles of an integrative measure of sleep, PTSD symptoms, and biological sex. Sleep. 2022 01 11; 45(1). Richards A, Inslicht SS, Yack LM, Metzler TJ, Russell Huie J, Straus LD, Dukes C, Hubachek SQ, Felmingham KL, Mathalon DH, Woodward SH, Neylan TC. PMID: 34792165.
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    8. Diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea in a residential treatment program for veterans with substance use disorder and PTSD. Psychol Trauma. 2022 Feb; 14(2):178-185. Colvonen PJ, Rivera GL, Straus LD, Park JE, Haller M, Norman SB, Ancoli-Israel S. PMID: 34472946; PMCID: PMC8795467.
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    9. 047 Fear-Potentiated Startle and Sleep in Trauma-Exposed Men and Women with and without PTSD. Sleep. 2021 May 3; 44(Supplement_2):a20-a20. Richards RA, Inslicht IS, Huie HJ, Yack YL, Straus SL, Felmingham FK, Woodward WS, Neylan NT. .
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    10. Brief behavioral treatment for insomnia improves psychosocial functioning in veterans: results from a randomized controlled trial. Sleep. 2021 03 12; 44(3). Maguen S, Gloria R, Huggins J, Goldstein LA, Kanady JC, Straus LD, Metzler TJ, Lujan C, Neylan TC. PMID: 33022048.
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    11. Expressive suppression and cognitive reappraisal in veterans with PTSD: Results from the mind your heart study. J Affect Disord. 2021 03 15; 283:278-284. Khan AJ, Maguen S, Straus LD, Nelyan TC, Gross JJ, Cohen BE. PMID: 33578339.
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    12. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in veterans with gulf war illness: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Life Sci. 2021 Aug 15; 279:119147. Chao LL, Kanady JC, Crocker N, Straus LD, Hlavin J, Metzler TJ, Maguen S, Neylan TC. PMID: 33549595; PMCID: PMC8217272.
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    13. Reducing Barriers to Behavioral Treatments for Insomnia: A Qualitative Examination of Veterans' Perspectives of BBTI. Behav Sleep Med. 2022 Jan-Feb; 20(1):37-49. Holder N, Kanady JC, Straus LD, Khan AJ, Purcell N, Huggins J, Gloria R, Neylan TC, Lujan C, Maguen S. PMID: 33502265.
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    14. Diurnal Rhythm Robustness in Individuals With PTSD and Insomnia and The Association With Sleep. J Biol Rhythms. 2021 04; 36(2):185-195. Mascaro L, Phillips AJK, Clark JW, Straus LD, Drummond SPA. PMID: 33472513; PMCID: PMC8794268.
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    15. Examining the Effect of Sleep Disruption on the Neural Correlates of Fear Extinction. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2021 03; 6(3):251-252. Straus LD, Richards A, Inslicht SS, Dolsen EA, Neylan TC. PMID: 33685648.
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    16. Validation of sleep measurement in a multisensor consumer grade wearable device in healthy young adults. J Clin Sleep Med. 2020 06 15; 16(6):917-924. Kanady JC, Ruoff L, Straus LD, Varbel J, Metzler T, Richards A, Inslicht SS, O'Donovan A, Hlavin J, Neylan TC. PMID: 32048595; PMCID: PMC7849656.
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    17. 1074 Fear Reactivity And Sleep In Trauma-Exposed Males And Females With And Without PTSD. Sleep. 2020 May 27; 43(Supplement_1):a409-a409. Dukes DC, Inslicht IS, Hubachek HS, Straus SL, Ruoff RL, Huie HR, Felmingham FK, Woodward WS, Neylan NT, Richards RA. .
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    18. 0503 Reductions in Sleep and Daily Rhythm Variability Following Brief Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia. Sleep. 2020 May 27; 43(Supplement_1):a192-a193. Kanady KJ, Straus SL, Gloria GR, Neylan NT, Maguen MS. .
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    19. 1112 Mental Health And Sleep Disorders Are Associated With Elevated C-reactive Protein In Returning Veterans. Sleep. 2020 May 27; 43(Supplement_1):a423-a423. Straus SL, Colvonen CP, Bertenthal BD, Neylan NT, O’Donovan OA. .
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    20. Examining sleep over time in a randomized control trial comparing two integrated PTSD and alcohol use disorder treatments. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 04 01; 209:107905. Colvonen PJ, Straus LD, Drummond SPA, Angkaw AC, Norman SB. PMID: 32065939; PMCID: PMC8515903.
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    21. Effects of sleep duration, time-of-day, and synchrony with circadian preference on flanker-task performance in internet braingame users from teens to advanced age. Sleep Medicine. 2019 Dec 1; 64:s320. Richards RA, Kanady KJ, Huie HR, Straus SL, Inslicht IS, Levihn-Coon LA, Metzler MT, Neylan NT. .
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    22. Work by day and sleep by night, do not sleep too little or too much: Effects of sleep duration, time of day and circadian synchrony on flanker-task performance in internet brain-game users from teens to advanced age. J Sleep Res. 2020 12; 29(6):e12919. Richards A, Kanady JC, Huie JR, Straus LD, Inslicht SS, Levihn-Coon A, Metzler TJ, Neylan TC. PMID: 31631467.
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    23. A Review of the Relationship Between Emotional Learning and Memory, Sleep, and PTSD. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2019 01 19; 21(1):2. Colvonen PJ, Straus LD, Acheson D, Gehrman P. PMID: 30661137; PMCID: PMC6645393.
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    24. Altered overnight levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in men and women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 04; 102:114-120. Küffer A, Straus LD, Prather AA, Inslicht SS, Richards A, Shigenaga JK, Madden E, Metzler TJ, Neylan TC, O'Donovan A. PMID: 30544002; PMCID: PMC6420348.
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    25. REM sleep and safety signal learning in posttraumatic stress disorder: A preliminary study in military veterans. Neurobiol Stress. 2018 Nov; 9:22-28. Straus LD, Norman SB, Risbrough VB, Acheson DT, Drummond SPA. PMID: 30116769; PMCID: PMC6084022.
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    26. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Reduces Fear of Sleep in Individuals With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 07 15; 14(7):1193-1203. Kanady JC, Talbot LS, Maguen S, Straus LD, Richards A, Ruoff L, Metzler TJ, Neylan TC. PMID: 29991428; PMCID: PMC6040781.
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    27. Recent Advancements in Treating Sleep Disorders in Co-Occurring PTSD. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 06 21; 20(7):48. Colvonen PJ, Straus LD, Stepnowsky C, McCarthy MJ, Goldstein LA, Norman SB. PMID: 29931537; PMCID: PMC6645398.
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    28. 0939 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and REM Sleep Continuity in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Sleep. 2018 Apr 27; 41(suppl_1):a348-a349. Straus SL, Kanady KJ, Richards RA, Ruoff RL, Metzler MT, Neylan NT. .
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    29. 0949 The Relationship between Heavy Alcohol Use and Insomnia on PTSD Symptom Severity. Sleep. 2018 Apr 27; 41(suppl_1):a352-a352. Colvonen CP, Straus SL, Drummond DS, Norman NS. .
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    30. Sleep Disruption, Safety Learning, and Fear Extinction in Humans: Implications for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2018; 38:193-205. Straus LD, Drummond SPA, Risbrough VB, Norman SB. PMID: 28942597.
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    31. 1073 SLEEP, FEAR CONDITIONING, AND SAFETY SIGNAL LEARNING IN VETERANS WITH PTSD. Sleep. 2017 Apr 28; 40(suppl_1):a400-a400. Straus SL, Acheson AD, Risbrough RV, Drummond DS, Norman NS. .
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    32. Sleep Deprivation Disrupts Recall of Conditioned Fear Extinction. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2017 Mar; 2(2):123-129. Straus LD, Acheson DT, Risbrough VB, Drummond SPA. PMID: 28758152; PMCID: PMC5526630.
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    33. Sleep variability in military-related PTSD: a comparison to primary insomnia and healthy controls. J Trauma Stress. 2015 Feb; 28(1):8-16. Straus LD, Drummond SP, Nappi CM, Jenkins MM, Norman SB. PMID: 25630526; PMCID: PMC6037304.
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    34. Fear conditioning, safety learning, and sleep in humans. J Neurosci. 2014 Aug 27; 34(35):11754-60. Marshall AJ, Acheson DT, Risbrough VB, Straus LD, Drummond SP. PMID: 25164670; PMCID: PMC6608408.
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    35. Neural correlates of working memory performance in primary insomnia. Sleep. 2013 Sep 01; 36(9):1307-16. Drummond SP, Walker M, Almklov E, Campos M, Anderson DE, Straus LD. PMID: 23997363; PMCID: PMC3738039.
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    36. The effects of two types of sleep deprivation on visual working memory capacity and filtering efficiency. PLoS One. 2012; 7(4):e35653. Drummond SP, Anderson DE, Straus LD, Vogel EK, Perez VB. PMID: 22530064; PMCID: PMC3329471.
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    37. Transference occurs across group boundaries. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 2010; 46(6):1067-1073. Kraus MW, Chen S, Lee VA, Straus LD.
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