Ann M. Rasmusson, MD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Ann Rasmusson
617.638.4934
150 S Huntington Avenue

Biography

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.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

  • Pritzker School of Medicine, MD
  • University of North Dakota, BS
  • University of North Dakota, BS

Publications

  • Published on 1/7/2019

    Fonda JR, Gregor KL, Fortier CB, Scioli-Salter ER, McGlinchey RE, Rasmusson A. Tobacco dependence is associated with increased risk for multi-morbid clustering of posttraumatic stress disorder, depressive disorder, and pain among post-9/11 deployed veterans. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2019 Jan 07. PMID: 30617565.

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  • Published on 1/3/2019

    Robinson ME, McKee AC, Salat DH, Rasmusson AM, Radigan LJ, Catana C, Milberg WP, McGlinchey RE. Positron emission tomography of tau in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with blast neurotrauma. Neuroimage Clin. 2019; 21:101651. PMID: 30642757.

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  • Published on 11/22/2018

    Rasmusson AM, King MW, Valovski I, Gregor K, Scioli-Salter E, Pineles SL, Hamouda M, Nillni YI, Anderson GM, Pinna G. Relationships between cerebrospinal fluid GABAergic neurosteroid levels and symptom severity in men with PTSD. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2019 Apr; 102:95-104. PMID: 30529908.

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  • Published on 10/29/2018

    Japuntich SJ, Lee LO, Pineles SL, Gregor K, Joos CM, Patton SC, Krishnan-Sarin S, Rasmusson AM. Contingency management and cognitive behavioral therapy for trauma-exposed smokers with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. Addict Behav. 2019 Mar; 90:136-142. PMID: 30391774.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 07; 93:133-141. PMID: 29727810.

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  • 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 09; 27(3):e1603. PMID: 29314410.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 05; 43(6):1436-1444. PMID: 29090684.

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  • 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.

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