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University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program In Clinical Psychology



Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology  

6363 Alvarado Ct., Ste. 103 

San Diego. Ca 92182 



Phone (619) 594-1689 

Fax: (619) 594-6780



Neuroscience Department 0624 

UCSD School of Medicine 

9500 Gilman Drive 

La Jolla, Ca 92093-0624 



Phone: (858) 534-3377 

Fax: (858) 534-8242 

Roxanne Mangabay, Program Coordinator



Medical Scientist Training Program

UCSD School of Medicine

Office of Student Affairs 0606

9500 Gilman Drive 

La Jolla, Ca 92093-0606



Phone: (858) 534-0689

Fax: (858) 534-8556

Christine Moran, Program Assistant



Fellowship in Clinical Psychopharmacology and Psychobiology

Dr. Michael Irwin

Department of Psychiatry 9116A

San Diego VA Medical Center

3350 La Jolla Village Drive

San Diego, CA 92161



Phone: (858) 552-8585 x2742

Fax: (858) 642-6410



Other training opportunities at post-doctoral and pre-doctoral levels (and in the summer for medical students) may be offered by special arrangement with an individual faculty member.



Faculty (Name, Email address):

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D. 

Jack Clausen, M.D. 

Joel Dimsdale, M.D. 

J. Christian Gillin,M.D.

Michael Irwin, M.D.

Daniel F. Kripke, M.D.

Jose Loredo, M.D.

Barbara L. Parry, M.D.

Terrence Sejnowski, PhD. 


Types of Training Available

  • Graduate:    

Graduate education in Clinical and Research Psychology

Graduate training in Neuroscience

  • Postdoctoral:    

Clinical psychology internships

Psychiatry residency and fellowships 

Post-Doctoral fellowships in: 

sleep medicine 

sleep research 

basic mechanisms of sleep 

circadian rhythms 

behavioral medicine 

computational neuroscience

Types of Funding Available

  • Graduate:

Clinical psychology graduate students receive $11,000/year the first year, $12,000 subsequent years as research assistants (20 hours per week).

  • Post-doctoral:

Salaries for post-doctoral fellowships and Psychiatry Fellows - contact individual faculty


The different laboratories are supported by grants from many sources, including NIMH, NIA, NHLBI, NCI, VA.

Current Trainees (Names and Email address)

Postdoctoral Fellows:


Wayne Bardwell, Ph.D.


Camillia Clark, M.D.


Girardin Jean-Louis, Ph.D.


Shawn Youngstedt, Ph.D .


Polly Moore, Ph.D.


Sean Drummond, Ph.D.


Carl Stepnowski, Ph.D.


Suzi Hong, M.D.


Hua Jin, M.D.


Ruth Newton, Ph.D.


Hans-Peter Landolt, Ph.D.


Jay Chouri, M.D.


Graduate Students:


Mairav Cohen-Zion

Philip Gehrman

Jennifer Martin

Judi Profant

Halli Thorsteinsson


Medical Students:


Lynn Evans

Preeti Mathur

Sonya Koo

Alex Striker


All of our trainees in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine receive training regarding respiratory disorders during sleep as part of our three year training program. This training includes lectures, evaluating and treating patients suspected of sleep disturbed breathing (SDB) during both their 3 months of pulmonary lab training and weekly outpatient clinics at both the VA and the Medical Center at Hillcrest, during their rotations on the clinical consult and ICU consult services at both hospitals, and during their participation in sleep-related research projects.


Trainees who have completed training [in the past five years] and current status (Name, Title, Institution, Email)

Polly Moore, Ph.D.       currently a post-doc at UCSD

Joe Resnikoff, M.D.    currently in private practice

Tamar Shochat, Dc.S.  Returned to Israel

Sean Drummond, Ph.D. currently a post-doc at UCSD

Nicole Herold, Ph.D.

Carl Stepnowsky, Ph.D. currently a post-doc at UCSD

Jose Loredo, M.D. currently a faculty member in the Pulmonary Dept, UCSD

Matt Heeren, Ph.D: currently a medical student at University of Vermont

Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Ph.D., Completed post-doctoral fellowship, Director, Sleep Medicine Center, Jerusalem, Israel

Rustin Berlow, M.D. Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD

Christine Bernet, Ph.D. Clinical Instructor at SDSU

Suryabanu Javeed, M.D. Private Practice, Stockton CA

Martin Paulus, M.D. Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD

Tahir Bhatti, M.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD

Brad Schnierow, MD Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory

  • aging 
  • alcoholism and substance abuse 
  • biofeedback 
  • brain imaging 
  • cholinergic systems 
  • circadian oscillators 
  • cross-ethnic prevalence of sleep disorders 
  • depression 
  • epidemiology 
  • genetics 
  • hypnotics and treatment of insomnia 
  • immunology 
  • light treatment 
  • menopause 
  • premenstrual dysphoric disorder 
  • psychobiology 
  • psychopharmacology 
  • sleep apnea 
  • sleep disorders 
  • women's medicine 
  • computational neuroscience

Technical Capabilities of Lab        

  • Ambulatory recordings (unattended monitoring)
  • Actigraphy
  • Brain Imaging
  • Sound Chambers
  • Wet lab
  • Sleep Lab
  • UCSD Mental Health Clinical Research Center
  • UCSD Geropsychiatry Clinical Research Center
  • UCSD General Clinical Research Center

Primary Training Focus

  • Human (Basic)
  • Human (Clinical Research)
  • Human (Clinical Practice)


  • Graduate training in Clinical Psychology
  • Post-doctoral training in Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research
  • UCSD Fellowship in Clinical Psychopharmacology and Psychobiology

Other Training Opportunities       

Highly rated Department of Psychiatry with internationally known faculty.

Colleagues at San Diego State University, Salk Institute, the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, the Neuroscience Institute and the Naval Health Research Center

Representative Publications For the Last Five Years

Ancoli-Israel,S.; Martin,J.; Jones,D.W.; Caligiuri,M.; Patterson,T.; Harris,M.J.; Jeste,D.V.: Sleep disordered breathing and periodic movements in sleep in older patients with schizophrenia. Biol.Psychiatry 45: 1426-1432 (1999).

Bardwell WA, Moore P, Ancoli-Israel S, Dimsdale JE, Does obstructive sleep apnea confound sleep architecture findings in subjects with depressive symptoms?, Biological Psychiatry, in press

Clark C, Dupont R, Lehr P, Yeung D, Halpern S, Golshan S, Gillin JC: Is there a relationship between delta sleep at night and afternoon cerebral blood flow, assessed by HMPAO-SPECT in depressed patients and normal control subjects? Preliminary data. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging Section 84:89-99, 1998

Clark CP, Gillin JC, Golshan S, Demodena A, Smith TL, Danowski S, Irwin M, Schuckit M: Polysomnography and depressive symptoms in primary alcoholics with and without a lifetime diagnosis of secondary depression and in patients with primary major depression. J of Affect Disorders 52:177-185, 1999

Dimsdale J, Stalked by the past: the impact of ethnicity on health, Psychosom Med, 62:161-170, 2000

Dimsdale J, Loredo J, Profant J, Effect of CPAP on blood pressure: a placebo trial, Hypertension, 35:144-147, 2000

Drummond SPA, Brown GG, Stricker JL, Buxton RB, Wong EC, Gillin JC: Sleep deprivation-induced reduction in cortical functional response to serial subtraction. NeuroReport,10(18):3745-3748, 1999

Drummond SPA, Brown GG, Gillin JC, Stricker JL, Wong, EC, Buxton RB: Altered brain response to verbal learning following sleep deprivation. Nature 403:655-657, 2000

Hans-Peter L, Drummond SPA, Clark CP, Irwin M, Gillin, JC. Alcohol and sleep. Alcoscope International Review of Alcoholism Management, 3(2):12-16, 2000.

Irwin M, Miller C, Gillin JC, Demodena A, Ehlers C: Polysomnographic and spectral sleep EEG in primary alcoholics: an interaction between alcohol dependence and African-American ethnicity. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 24:1376-1384

Irwin M, Thompson J, Miller C , Gillin JC, Ziegler M: Effects of sleep and sleep deprivation on catecholamine and interleukin-2 levels in humans: Clinical complications. J Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 84(6):1979-85 1999.

Kripke,D.F., Elliott,J.A., Youngstedt,S.D., and Smith,J.S. Melatonin: Marvel or marker? Annals of Medicine 30:81-87, 1998.

Kripke,D.F. Light treatment for nonseasonal depression: speed, efficacy, and combined treatment. J. Affect. Dis. 49:109-117, 1998.

Kripke,D.F. Chronic hypnotic use: Deadly risks, doubtful benefit. Sleep Medicine Reviews 4:5-20, 2000.

Loredo J, Ziegler M, Ancoli-Israel S, Clausen J, Dimsdale J, Relationship of arousals from sleep to sympathetic nervous system activity and blood pressure in obstructive sleep apnea, Chest, 116:655-59, 1999

Martin,J.; Jeste,D.V.; Caligiuri,M.; Patterson,T.; Heaton,R.; Ancoli-Israel,S.: Actigraphic estimates of circadian rhythms and sleep/wake in older schizophrenia patients. Schizophrenia.Res in press: (2000).

Martin,J.; Marler,M.R.; Shochat,T.; Ancoli-Israel,S.: Circadian rhythms of agitation in institutionalized Alzheimer's Disease patients. Chronobiol.Intl. 17: 405-418 (2000).

Pat-Horenczyk,R.; Klauber,M.R.; Shochat,T.; Ancoli-Israel,S.: Hourly profiles of sleep and wakefulness in severely versus mild-moderately demented nursing home patients. Aging Clin.Exp.Res. 10: 308-315 (1998).

Redwine L, Hauger RL, Gillin JC, Irwin M: Effects of sleep and sleep deprivation on Interleukin-6, growth hormone, cortisol and melatonin levels in humans. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. (in press)

Seifritz E, Gillin JC, Rapaport MH, Kelsoe JR, Bhatti T, Stahl SM: Sleep electroencephalographic response to muscarinic and serotonin1A receptor probes in patients with major depression and in normal controls. Biological Psychiatry 44:21-33, June 1998

Shochat,T.; Martin,J.; Marler,M.; Ancoli-Israel,S.: Illumination levels in nursing home patients: Effects on sleep and activity rhythms. J Sleep Res 9: in press (2000).

Shochat,T.; Umphress,J.; Israel,A.G.; Ancoli-Israel,S.: Insomnia in Primary Care Patients. Sleep 22: S359-S365 (1999).

Stepnowsky,C.; Johnson,S.; Dimsdale,J.; Ancoli-Israel,S.: Sleep apnea and health-related quality of life in African-American elderly. Annals of Behav.Med.22(2):116-120, 2000.

Youngstedt,S.D., Kripke,D.F., Elliott,J.A., Baehr,E.K., and Sepulveda,R.S. Light exposure, sleep quality, and depression in older adults. In: Holick,M.F. and Jung,E.G. (Eds.) Biologic Effects of Light 1998. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999, pp. 427-435.

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