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Laura Straus, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-750-6961
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    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
    VA IK2CX002032Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2024
    Role: Principal Investigator
    REM Sleep, Safety Signal Learning, and Extinction Processes in PTSD
    NIH/NIMH F31MH106209Jul 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Researchers can login to make corrections and additions, or contact us for help.
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    1. Kanady JC, Ruoff L, Straus LD, Varbel J, Metzler T, Richards A, Inslicht SS, O'Donovan A, Hlavin J, Neylan TC. Validation of Sleep Measurement in a Multi-Sensor Consumer Grade Wearable Device in Healthy Young Adults. J Clin Sleep Med. 2020 Feb 12. PMID: 32048595.
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    2. Colvonen PJ, Straus LD, Drummond SPA, Angkaw AC, Norman SB. Examining sleep over time in a randomized control trial comparing two integrated PTSD and alcohol use disorder treatments. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 Feb 11; 209:107905. PMID: 32065939.
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    3. Richards A, Kanady JC, Huie JR, Straus LD, Inslicht SS, Levihn-Coon A, Metzler TJ, Neylan TC. 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. 2019 Oct 20; e12919. PMID: 31631467.
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    4. Colvonen PJ, Straus LD, Acheson D, Gehrman P. A Review of the Relationship Between Emotional Learning and Memory, Sleep, and PTSD. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2019 01 19; 21(1):2. PMID: 30661137.
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    5. Küffer A, Straus LD, Prather AA, Inslicht SS, Richards A, Shigenaga JK, Madden E, Metzler TJ, Neylan TC, O'Donovan A. Altered overnight levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in men and women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 04; 102:114-120. PMID: 30544002.
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    6. Straus LD, Norman SB, Risbrough VB, Acheson DT, Drummond SPA. REM sleep and safety signal learning in posttraumatic stress disorder: A preliminary study in military veterans. Neurobiol Stress. 2018 Nov; 9:22-28. PMID: 30116769.
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    7. Kanady JC, Talbot LS, Maguen S, Straus LD, Richards A, Ruoff L, Metzler TJ, Neylan TC. 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. PMID: 29991428.
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    8. Colvonen PJ, Straus LD, Stepnowsky C, McCarthy MJ, Goldstein LA, Norman SB. Recent Advancements in Treating Sleep Disorders in Co-Occurring PTSD. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 06 21; 20(7):48. PMID: 29931537.
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    9. P J Colvonen, L D Straus, S P Drummond, S B Norman. 0949 The Relationship between Heavy Alcohol Use and Insomnia on PTSD Symptom Severity. Sleep. 2018 Apr 27; 41(suppl_1):a352-a352.
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    10. L D Straus, J C Kanady, A Richards, L Ruoff, T Metzler, T C Neylan. 0939 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and REM Sleep Continuity in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Sleep. 2018 Apr 27; 41(suppl_1):a348-a349.
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    11. Straus LD, Drummond SPA, Risbrough VB, Norman SB. Sleep Disruption, Safety Learning, and Fear Extinction in Humans: Implications for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2018; 38:193-205. PMID: 28942597.
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    12. LD Straus, D Acheson, VB Risbrough, SP Drummond, SB Norman. 1073 SLEEP, FEAR CONDITIONING, AND SAFETY SIGNAL LEARNING IN VETERANS WITH PTSD. Sleep. 2017 Apr 28; 40(suppl_1):a400-a400.
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    13. Straus LD, Acheson DT, Risbrough VB, Drummond SPA. Sleep Deprivation Disrupts Recall of Conditioned Fear Extinction. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2017 Mar; 2(2):123-129. PMID: 28758152.
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    14. Straus LD, Drummond SP, Nappi CM, Jenkins MM, Norman SB. Sleep variability in military-related PTSD: a comparison to primary insomnia and healthy controls. J Trauma Stress. 2015 Feb; 28(1):8-16. PMID: 25630526.
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    15. Marshall AJ, Acheson DT, Risbrough VB, Straus LD, Drummond SP. Fear conditioning, safety learning, and sleep in humans. J Neurosci. 2014 Aug 27; 34(35):11754-60. PMID: 25164670.
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    16. Drummond SP, Walker M, Almklov E, Campos M, Anderson DE, Straus LD. Neural correlates of working memory performance in primary insomnia. Sleep. 2013 Sep 01; 36(9):1307-16. PMID: 23997363.
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    17. Drummond SP, Anderson DE, Straus LD, Vogel EK, Perez VB. The effects of two types of sleep deprivation on visual working memory capacity and filtering efficiency. PLoS One. 2012; 7(4):e35653. PMID: 22530064.
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    18. Kraus MW, Chen S, Lee VA, Straus LD.. Transference occurs across group boundaries. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 2010; 46(6):1067-1073.