Lauren Asarnow, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address350 Parnassus
San Francisco CA 94117
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    Stanford University, Palo AltoFellowship08/2019Behavioral Sleep Medicine
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel HillInternship08/2016Clinical Psychology
    University of California, Berkeley, BerkeleyPhD08/2016Clinical Science
    University of California, Berkeley, BerkeleyBA12/2006Comparative Literature
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    Brain Behavior Research Foundation2019  - PresNARSAD Young Investigator Award
    Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation2018  - 2020Access to Care Award
    University of Pittsburgh/Stanford University2018  - 2019Career Development Institute Fellow
    Beck Institute2013  - 2013Beck Institute Scholar
    Society for Research in Child Development2013  - 2013Travel Award
    National Science Foundation2011  - 2014NSF Fellow
    UC Berkeley2011  - 2011Summer Research Fellow
    UC Berkeley2011  - 2011Lisa M. Capps Award

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    Dr. Asarnow’s research program aims to reduce the burden of mental illness in youth by developing behavioral interventions that are effective, youth friendly, engaging, widely disseminable and easily accessible. Her program of research has primarily focused on sleep as a potential target for intervention in the prevention and treatment of mental and physical health problems. Dr. Asarnow has shown that late bedtime is an important target for early intervention for the prevention of adverse emotional, academic and physical health outcomes among youth. Her current recent program aims to utilize an experimental design to (a) improve sleep health (through a sleep focused treatment), (b) determine whether a sleep focused treatment improves depression and anxiety symptoms, and a known biological marker of risk for depression and anxiety, cortisol reactivity and recovery in response to a stress exposure, and (c) elucidate target mechanisms underlying the effect of poor sleep health on depression and anxiety symptoms, and cortisol measures. Dr. Asarnow developed and is currently testing an innovative adaptation of an existing evidence based intervention to improve sleep in adolescents that can be accessed through mobile phones or computers, an approach that will increase the accessibility of the treatment.

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    Sleep Improvement as a Mechanism of Improvement in Immune Functioning
    NARSAD Young Investigator AwardJan 10, 2019 - Jan 10, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Improving Access to Care: Testing an Integrated Care Mobile Health Intervention to Improve Sleep and Mental Health in Adolescents
    Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Access to Care FellowOct 1, 2018 - Oct 1, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Reducing Risk: A Comprehensive mHealth Sleep Health Intervention for Adolescents at Risk for Depression and Anxiety Disorders
    NIH K23MH116520Sep 22, 2018 - Aug 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Sleep and Mood Disorders Among Youth. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2021 01; 30(1):251-268. Asarnow LD, Mirchandaney R. PMID: 33223065.
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    2. Sleep in youth with repeated self-harm and high suicidality: Does sleep predict self-harm risk? Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2020 12; 50(6):1189-1197. Asarnow JR, Bai S, Babeva KN, Adrian M, Berk MS, Asarnow LD, Senturk D, Linehan MM, McCauley E. PMID: 32706147.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Depression and sleep: what has the treatment research revealed and could the HPA axis be a potential mechanism? Curr Opin Psychol. 2020 08; 34:112-116. Asarnow LD. PMID: 31962280.
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    4. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Prenatal Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2019 05; 133(5):911-919. Manber R, Bei B, Simpson N, Asarnow L, Rangel E, Sit A, Lyell D. PMID: 30969203.
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    5. Circadian Preference as a Moderator of Depression Outcome Following Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Plus Antidepressant Medications: A Report From the TRIAD Study. J Clin Sleep Med. 2019 04 15; 15(4):573-580. Asarnow LD, Bei B, Krystal A, Buysse DJ, Thase ME, Edinger JD, Manber R. PMID: 30952216.
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    6. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia in Depression. Sleep Med Clin. 2019 Jun; 14(2):177-184. Asarnow LD, Manber R. PMID: 31029185.
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    7. Treating insomnia in depression: Insomnia related factors predict long-term depression trajectories. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2018 03; 86(3):282-293. Bei B, Asarnow LD, Krystal A, Edinger JD, Buysse DJ, Manber R. PMID: 29504795.
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    8. The Impact of Sleep Improvement on Food Choices in Adolescents With Late Bedtimes. J Adolesc Health. 2017 May; 60(5):570-576. Asarnow LD, Greer SM, Walker MP, Harvey AG. PMID: 28111011.
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    9. Evidence for a Possible Link between Bedtime and Change in Body Mass Index. Sleep. 2015 Oct 01; 38(10):1523-7. Asarnow LD, McGlinchey E, Harvey AG. PMID: 26194568.
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    10. Insomnia as a transdiagnostic process in psychiatric disorders. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2014 Sep; 16(9):471. Dolsen MR, Asarnow LD, Harvey AG. PMID: 25030972.
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    11. Basic sleep and circadian science as building blocks for behavioral interventions: a translational approach for mood disorders. Behav Neurosci. 2014 Jun; 128(3):360-70. Asarnow LD, Soehner AM, Harvey AG. PMID: 24773429.
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    12. Children at risk for depression: memory biases, self-schemas, and genotypic variation. J Affect Disord. 2014 Apr; 159:66-72. Asarnow LD, Thompson RJ, Joormann J, Gotlib IH. PMID: 24679392.
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    13. The effects of bedtime and sleep duration on academic and emotional outcomes in a nationally representative sample of adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Mar; 54(3):350-6. Asarnow LD, McGlinchey E, Harvey AG. PMID: 24225447.
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    14. Circadian rhythms and psychiatric illness. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2013 Nov; 26(6):566-71. Asarnow LD, Soehner AM, Harvey AG. PMID: 24060916.
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