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    Abigail Angkaw

    TitleAssociate Clinical Professor
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #9116B
    CA La Jolla 92093
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      VA San Diego, San Diego, CAPostdoctoral Fellowship10/2011PTSD Research
      University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OHPhD06/2009Clinical Psychology
      UCSD/VA San Diego, San Diego, CAPsychology Internship06/2009VA OEF/OIF PTSD & Substance Abuse Mental Illness
      University of Cincinanti, Cincinnati, OHMA06/2006Clinical Psychology
      Transylvania University, Lexington, KYBA05/2003Major: Psychology / Minors: Music Performance & Studio Art

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      Abigail C. Angkaw, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. She completed her predoctoral internship in the UCSD/VA San Diego Psychology Internship Program, specializing in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid substance use disorders. Dr. Angkaw is an Associate Clinical Professor in UCSD's Department of Psychiatry, a Section Chief overseeing VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) south county community based outpatient general mental health and specialty PTSD clinics and a Consultant for the PTSD Consultation Program through the Executive Branch of the National Center for PTSD.

      Research Interests

      Dr. Angkaw is active in PTSD and addiction research, and collaborates with several researchers affiliated with the VASDHS Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH). Her primary clinical research interests include an examination of psychopathology models for PTSD and co-occurring conditions, including substance use disorders and aggression. She is particularly interested in the development and empirical validation of prevention and intervention programs for PTSD and comorbid conditions as well as research focused on improving the delivery of mental health treatment.

      Clinical Focus

      Dr. Angkaw has clinical interests in PTSD, addiction, consultation, clinical administration, clinical leadership, and program development and improvement. As a Section Chief, she oversees general mental health and specialty PTSD programming in VASDHS south county community based outpatient clinics. Dr. Angkaw also has local, regional, and national roles as VASDHS facility PTSD Program Director, VA VISN 22 PTSD Mentor, and VA Prolonged Exposure Consultant. She was previously the Program Director for the La Jolla PTSD Clinical Team and OEF/OIF/OND PTSD Clinic, and a staff psychologist in the VA Alcohol and Drug Treatment program. She teaches graduate students, interns, postdoctoral residents, and medical students through the VA San Diego and UCSD School of Medicine.

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      1. Haller M, Myers US, McKnight A, Angkaw A, Norman SB. Predicting engagement in psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, or both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy among returning veterans seeking PTSD treatment. Psychol Serv. 2016 Nov; 13(4):341-348. PMID: 27428257.
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      2. Crocker LD, Haller M, Norman SB, Angkaw A. Shame versus trauma-related guilt as mediators of the relationship between PTSD symptoms and aggression among returning veterans. Psychol Trauma. 2016 Jul; 8(4):520-7. PMID: 27348068.
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      3. Agorastos A, Angkaw A, Johnson HE, Hansen CJ, Cook CV, Baker DG. Peritraumatic Behavior Questionnaire - Observer Rated: Validation of the objective version of a measure for combat-related peritraumatic stress. World J Psychiatry. 2016 Jun 22; 6(2):226-32. PMID: 27354965; PMCID: PMC4919262.
      4. Haller M, Angkaw A, Hendricks BA, Norman SB. Does Reintegration Stress Contribute to Suicidal Ideation Among Returning Veterans Seeking PTSD Treatment? Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2016 Apr; 46(2):160-71. PMID: 26235282.
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      5. Angkaw A, Haller M, Pittman JO, Nunnink SE, Norman SB, Lemmer JA, McLay RN, Baker DG. Alcohol-Related Consequences Mediating PTSD Symptoms and Mental Health-Related Quality of Life in OEF/OIF Combat Veterans. Mil Med. 2015 Jun; 180(6):670-5. PMID: 26032382.
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      6. Colvonen PJ, Masino T, Drummond SP, Myers US, Angkaw A, Norman SB. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Apr 15; 11(5):513-8. PMID: 25665698; PMCID: PMC4410924.
      7. Dickstein BD, Weathers FW, Angkaw A, Nievergelt CM, Yurgil K, Nash WP, Baker DG, Litz BT. Diagnostic Utility of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Checklist for Identifying Full and Partial PTSD in Active-Duty Military. Assessment. 2015 Jun; 22(3):289-97. PMID: 25178804.
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      8. Agorastos A, Pittman JO, Angkaw A, Nievergelt CM, Hansen CJ, Aversa LH, Parisi SA, Barkauskas DA, Baker DG. The cumulative effect of different childhood trauma types on self-reported symptoms of adult male depression and PTSD, substance abuse and health-related quality of life in a large active-duty military cohort. J Psychiatr Res. 2014 Nov; 58:46-54. PMID: 25139009.
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      9. Angkaw A, Ross BS, Pittman JO, Kelada AM, Valencerina MA, Baker DG. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and aggression in OEF/OIF veterans. Mil Med. 2013 Oct; 178(10):1044-50. PMID: 24083916.
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      10. Nash WP, Marino Carper TL, Mills MA, Au T, Goldsmith A, Litz BT. Psychometric evaluation of the Moral Injury Events Scale. Mil Med. 2013 Jun; 178(6):646-52. PMID: 23756071.
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      11. Agorastos A, Nash WP, Nunnink S, Yurgil KA, Goldsmith A, Litz BT, Johnson H, Lohr JB, Baker DG. The Peritraumatic Behavior Questionnaire: development and initial validation of a new measure for combat-related peritraumatic reactions. BMC Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 05; 13:9. PMID: 23289606; PMCID: PMC3598773.
      12. Black JJ, Tran GQ, Goldsmith AA, Thompson RD, Smith JP, Welge JA. Alcohol expectancies and social self-efficacy as mediators of differential intervention outcomes for college hazardous drinkers with social anxiety. Addict Behav. 2012 Mar; 37(3):248-55. PMID: 22112424.
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      13. Norman SB, Trim RS, Goldsmith AA, Dimsdale JE, Hoyt DB, Norman GJ, Stein MB. Role of risk factors proximate to time of trauma in the course of PTSD and MDD symptoms following traumatic injury. J Trauma Stress. 2011 Aug; 24(4):390-8. PMID: 21834085.
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      14. Goldsmith AA, Thompson RD, Black JJ, Tran GQ, Smith JP. Drinking refusal self-efficacy and tension-reduction alcohol expectancies moderating the relationship between generalized anxiety and drinking behaviors in young adult drinkers. Psychol Addict Behav. 2012 Mar; 26(1):59-67. PMID: 21823767.
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      15. Norman SB, Myers US, Wilkins KC, Goldsmith AA, Hristova V, Huang Z, McCullough KC, Robinson SK. Review of biological mechanisms and pharmacological treatments of comorbid PTSD and substance use disorder. Neuropharmacology. 2012 Feb; 62(2):542-51. PMID: 21600225; PMCID: PMC3166556.
      16. Pittman JO, Goldsmith AA, Lemmer JA, Kilmer MT, Baker DG. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and health-related quality of life in OEF/OIF veterans. Qual Life Res. 2012 Feb; 21(1):99-103. PMID: 21516356.
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      17. Goldsmith AA, Tran GQ, Smith JP, Howe SR. Alcohol expectancies and drinking motives in college drinkers: Mediating effects on the relationship between generalized anxiety and heavy drinking in negative-affect situations. Addict Behav. 2009 Jun-Jul; 34(6-7):505-13. PMID: 19249161.
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      18. Angkaw A, Tran GQ, Haaga DA. Effects of training intensity on observers' ratings of anxiety, social skills, and alcohol-specific coping skills. Behav Res Ther. 2006 Apr; 44(4):533-44. PMID: 15941562.
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