Lecture: Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel

Insomnia: Causes, Consequences and Cures

Dr. Ancoli-Israel portrait

- On March 21 from 12-1 pm, Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel will speak about “Insomia: Causes, Consequences and Cures” in the Biomedical Library Events Room. Insomnia is a disorder that affects over a third of adults. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep results in decreased daytime functioning as well as problems with memory, concentration, health and overall quality of life. Insomnia is often co-morbid with medical/psychiatric problems, medication use, circadian rhythms (biological clock) alterations and other primary sleep disorders. Behavioral treatments are available that “re-teach” the insomnia patient how to sleep. Pharmacological treatments are also available.

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus and Professor of Research in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, Director of the Gillin Sleep and Chronomedicine Research Center, and Director of Education at the Sleep Medicine Center at UCSD.  Dr. Ancoli-Israel received her Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Ancoli-Israel’s expertise is in the field of sleep disorders and sleep research in aging. Her current interests include the longitudinal effect of sleep disorders on aging, the effect of circadian rhythms on sleep, therapeutic interventions for sleep problems in dementia, and fatigue, particularly the relationship between sleep, fatigue and circadian rhythms in cancer and other chronic illnesses.

She is Past-President of the Sleep Research Society, Past-President of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, and was on the founding Executive Board of the National Sleep Foundation.  She was honored in 2007 with the National Sleep Foundation Life Time Achievement Award and the Sleep Research Society Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award and in 2012 with Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Distinguished Career Award. Dr. Ancoli-Israel has been a guest on television and radio programs including NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

She is published often in medical and psychiatric journals with close to 400 publications in the field.