Ann Rasmusson, MD is the Psychiatry Liaison, PTSD Research and Education, at VA Boston Healthcare System, a Research Associate of the VA National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Science Division, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University. She earned her undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University and MD at the University of Chicago before completing a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins and a neuropsychopharmacology research fellowship and psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Rasmusson’s basic research focused on understanding the role of the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus in coordinating hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, mesoprefrontal cortical monoamine, and behavioral responses to unconditioned and conditioned stress. Her clinical research has contributed to the current expanded view of neurobiological factors that contribute to PTSD risk and stress resilience. This research has evolved to focus on gender differences in the neurobiology of PTSD and a role for neuroactive steroids and neuropeptides in the pathophysiology and treatment of PTSD and its comorbidities. She is currently a Lead Investigator of a DOD sponsored multisite Phase II investigation of the GABAergic neuroactive steroid ganaxolone in the treatment of PTSD and Principal Investigator on an NIMH study of GABAergic neuroactive steroids in the pathophysiology of PTSD, a VA Merit Review investigating gender-related neurobiological factors that promote refractory nicotine dependence in veterans with PTSD, and the VA RR&D sponsored Translational Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress (TRACTS) investigation of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) efficacy in PTSD with and without TBI. She is the author of 56 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and chapters and is the mother of one lovely teenage daughter.
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- Pritzker School of Medicine, MD
- University of North Dakota, BS
- University of North Dakota, BS
- Published on 7/17/2018
Rasmusson AM, Pineles SL. Neurotransmitter, Peptide, and Steroid Hormone Abnormalities in PTSD: Biological Endophenotypes Relevant to Treatment. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 Jul 17; 20(7):52. PMID: 30019147.
- Published on 4/24/2018
Pineles SL, Nillni YI, Pinna G, Irvine J, Webb A, Arditte Hall KA, Hauger R, Miller MW, Resick PA, Orr SP, Rasmusson AM. PTSD in women is associated with a block in conversion of progesterone to the GABAergic neurosteroids allopregnanolone and pregnanolone measured in plasma. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2018 Jul; 93:133-141. PMID: 29727810.
- Published on 1/4/2018
Japuntich SJ, Arditte Hall KA, Joos CM, Rasmusson AM, Pineles SL. Methods to reduce false reporting of substance abstinence in clinical research. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2018 Jan 04. PMID: 29314410.
- Published on 11/14/2017
Vasterling JJ, Jacob SN, Rasmusson A. Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Conceptual, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Considerations in the Context of Co-Occurrence. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2018; 30(2):91-100. PMID: 29132272.
- Published on 11/1/2017
Dichtel LE, Lawson EA, Schorr M, Meenaghan E, Paskal ML, Eddy KT, Pinna G, Nelson M, Rasmusson AM, Klibanski A, Miller KK. Neuroactive Steroids and Affective Symptoms in Women Across the Weight Spectrum. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018 May; 43(6):1436-1444. PMID: 29090684.
- Published on 7/1/2017
Rasmusson AM, Marx CE, Jain S, Farfel GM, Tsai J, Sun X, Geracioti TD, Hamner MB, Lohr J, Rosse R, Summerall L, Naylor JC, Cusin C, Lang AJ, Raman R, Stein MB. A randomized controlled trial of ganaxolone in posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2017 Aug; 234(15):2245-2257. PMID: 28667510.
- Published on 2/12/2017
Rasmusson AM, Marx CE, Pineles SL, Locci A, Scioli-Salter ER, Nillni YI, Liang JJ, Pinna G. Neuroactive steroids and PTSD treatment. Neurosci Lett. 2017 May 10; 649:156-163. PMID: 28215878.
- Published on 2/1/2017
Rasmusson AM. The gut peptide neuropeptide Y and post-traumatic stress disorder. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2017 Feb; 24(1):3-8. PMID: 27898588.
- Published on 11/16/2016
Pineles SL, Arditte Hall KA, Rasmusson AM. Gender and PTSD: different pathways to a similar phenotype. Curr Opin Psychol. 2017 Apr; 14:44-48. PMID: 28813318.
- Published on 9/30/2016
Nillni YI, Pineles SL, Rohan KJ, Zvolensky MJ, Rasmusson AM. The influence of the menstrual cycle on reactivity to a CO2 challenge among women with and without premenstrual symptoms. Cogn Behav Ther. 2017 Apr; 46(3):239-249. PMID: 27687294.
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