Abigail Angkaw

Title(s)Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 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 a Clinical Professor in UCSD's Department of Psychiatry, Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Outpatient Operations at VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), 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. She is currently Deputy ACOS for Mental Health Outpatient Operations at VA San Diego. Dr. Angkaw has held local, regional, and national roles as VASDHS facility PTSD Program Director, VA VISN 22 PTSD Mentor, and VA Prolonged Exposure Consultant. She was previously a Mental Health Section Chief, 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 VA San Diego and UCSD School of Medicine.

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    1. Low reliability when determining criterion a for posttraumatic stress disorder from self-report descriptions of traumatic events: The need for transparent methods. Psychol Trauma. 2024 Mar; 16(3):435-442. Rubin M, Foulser AA, Siegel E, Smits JAJ, Powers MB, Angkaw A, Telch MJ. PMID: 37141027.
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    2. Associations among meaning in life, coping, and distress in trauma-exposed U.S. military veterans. Psychol Serv. 2023 Feb 27. Morse JL, Wooldridge JS, Afari N, Angkaw AC, Schnurr PP, Lang AJ, Capone C, Norman SB. PMID: 36848054; PMCID: PMC10460455.
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    3. A clinical trial comparing trauma-informed guilt reduction therapy (TrIGR), a brief intervention for trauma-related guilt, to supportive care therapy. Depress Anxiety. 2022 04; 39(4):262-273. Norman SB, Capone C, Panza KE, Haller M, Davis BC, Schnurr PP, Shea MT, Browne K, Norman GJ, Lang AJ, Kline AC, Golshan S, Allard CB, Angkaw A. PMID: 35075738.
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    4. Examining attendance patterns across integrated therapies for posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder. J Anxiety Disord. 2022 01; 85:102498. Straus E, Worley MJ, Lyons R, Kline AC, Tripp JC, Davis BC, Haller M, Angkaw AC, Trim RS, Norman SB. PMID: 34823044.
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    5. Psychosocial functioning in integrated treatment of co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder. J Psychiatr Res. 2021 10; 142:40-47. Lyons R, Panza KE, Helm J, Angkaw AC, Straus E, Norman SB. PMID: 34314993.
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    6. Within-treatment clinical markers of dropout risk in integrated treatments for comorbid PTSD and alcohol use disorder. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 04 01; 221:108592. Kline AC, Panza KE, Harlé KM, Angkaw AC, Trim RS, Back SE, Norman SB. PMID: 33618193.
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    7. Substance use predictors of attendance among veterans in integrated PTSD and alcohol use disorder treatment. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 05; 124:108278. Kline AC, Straus E, Lyons RC, Angkaw AC, Davis BC, Haller M, Hien D, Norman SB. PMID: 33771279; PMCID: PMC10197953.
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    8. Residual Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder Following Integrated Exposure Treatment Versus Coping Skills Treatment. J Trauma Stress. 2020 08; 33(4):477-487. Tripp JC, Angkaw A, Schnurr PP, Trim RS, Haller M, Davis BC, Norman SB. PMID: 32557843.
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    9. Bidirectional relationship of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom severity and alcohol use over the course of integrated treatment. Psychol Addict Behav. 2020 Jun; 34(4):506-511. Tripp JC, Worley MJ, Straus E, Angkaw AC, Trim RS, Norman SB. PMID: 32105112; PMCID: PMC7266724.
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    10. Examining sleep over time in a randomized control trial comparing two integrated PTSD and alcohol use disorder treatments. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 04 01; 209:107905. Colvonen PJ, Straus LD, Drummond SPA, Angkaw AC, Norman SB. PMID: 32065939; PMCID: PMC8515903.
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    11. Efficacy of Integrated Exposure Therapy vs Integrated Coping Skills Therapy for Comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Alcohol Use Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 08 01; 76(8):791-799. Norman SB, Trim R, Haller M, Davis BC, Myers US, Colvonen PJ, Blanes E, Lyons R, Siegel EY, Angkaw AC, Norman GJ, Mayes T. PMID: 31017639; PMCID: PMC6487906.
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    12. Direct and indirect relationships among posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, hostility, anger, and verbal and physical aggression in returning veterans. Aggress Behav. 2019 07; 45(4):417-426. Bhardwaj V, Angkaw AC, Franceschetti M, Rao R, Baker DG. PMID: 30835866; PMCID: PMC6814381.
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    13. OEF/OIF/OND Veterans Seeking PTSD Treatment: Perceptions of Partner Involvement in Trauma-Focused Treatment. Mil Med. 2019 03 01; 184(3-4):e263-e270. Malaktaris AL, Buzzella BA, Siegel ME, Myers US, Browne KC, Norman SB, Angkaw AC. PMID: 30215768.
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    14. Piloting cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia integrated with prolonged exposure. Psychol Trauma. 2019 Jan; 11(1):107-113. Colvonen PJ, Drummond SPA, Angkaw AC, Norman SB. PMID: 30211598; PMCID: PMC6312507.
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    15. Evidence-based psychotherapy completion and symptom improvement among returning combat veterans with PTSD. Psychol Trauma. 2019 Feb; 11(2):216-223. Myers US, Haller M, Angkaw AC, Harik JM, Norman SB. PMID: 30035552.
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    16. Differential relationships of guilt and shame on posttraumatic stress disorder among veterans. Psychol Trauma. 2019 Jan; 11(1):35-42. Bannister JA, Colvonen PJ, Angkaw AC, Norman SB. PMID: 30010379.
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    17. Predicting engagement in psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, or both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy among returning veterans seeking PTSD treatment. Psychol Serv. 2016 11; 13(4):341-348. Haller M, Myers US, McKnight A, Angkaw AC, Norman SB. PMID: 27428257.
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    18. Shame versus trauma-related guilt as mediators of the relationship between PTSD symptoms and aggression among returning veterans. Psychol Trauma. 2016 07; 8(4):520-7. Crocker LD, Haller M, Norman SB, Angkaw AC. PMID: 27348068.
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    19. 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. Agorastos A, Angkaw AC, Johnson HE, Hansen CJ, Cook CV, Baker DG. PMID: 27354965; PMCID: PMC4919262.
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    20. Does Reintegration Stress Contribute to Suicidal Ideation Among Returning Veterans Seeking PTSD Treatment? Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2016 Apr; 46(2):160-71. Haller M, Angkaw AC, Hendricks BA, Norman SB. PMID: 26235282.
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    21. 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. Angkaw AC, Haller M, Pittman JO, Nunnink SE, Norman SB, Lemmer JA, McLay RN, Baker DG. PMID: 26032382.
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    22. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Apr 15; 11(5):513-8. Colvonen PJ, Masino T, Drummond SP, Myers US, Angkaw AC, Norman SB. PMID: 25665698; PMCID: PMC4410924.
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    23. 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. Dickstein BD, Weathers FW, Angkaw AC, Nievergelt CM, Yurgil K, Nash WP, Baker DG, Litz BT, Marine Resiliency Study Team. PMID: 25178804.
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    24. 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. Agorastos A, Pittman JO, Angkaw AC, Nievergelt CM, Hansen CJ, Aversa LH, Parisi SA, Barkauskas DA, Marine Resiliency Study Team, Baker DG. PMID: 25139009.
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    25. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and aggression in OEF/OIF veterans. Mil Med. 2013 Oct; 178(10):1044-50. Angkaw AC, Ross BS, Pittman JO, Kelada AM, Valencerina MA, Baker DG. PMID: 24083916.
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    26. Psychometric evaluation of the Moral Injury Events Scale. Mil Med. 2013 Jun; 178(6):646-52. Nash WP, Marino Carper TL, Mills MA, Au T, Goldsmith A, Litz BT. PMID: 23756071.
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    27. The Peritraumatic Behavior Questionnaire: development and initial validation of a new measure for combat-related peritraumatic reactions. BMC Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 05; 13:9. Agorastos A, Nash WP, Nunnink S, Yurgil KA, Goldsmith A, Litz BT, Johnson H, Lohr JB, Baker DG. PMID: 23289606; PMCID: PMC3598773.
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    28. 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. Black JJ, Tran GQ, Goldsmith AA, Thompson RD, Smith JP, Welge JA. PMID: 22112424.
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    29. 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. Norman SB, Trim RS, Goldsmith AA, Dimsdale JE, Hoyt DB, Norman GJ, Stein MB. PMID: 21834085.
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    30. 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. Goldsmith AA, Thompson RD, Black JJ, Tran GQ, Smith JP. PMID: 21823767.
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    31. Review of biological mechanisms and pharmacological treatments of comorbid PTSD and substance use disorder. Neuropharmacology. 2012 Feb; 62(2):542-51. Norman SB, Myers US, Wilkins KC, Goldsmith AA, Hristova V, Huang Z, McCullough KC, Robinson SK. PMID: 21600225; PMCID: PMC3166556.
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    32. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and health-related quality of life in OEF/OIF veterans. Qual Life Res. 2012 Feb; 21(1):99-103. Pittman JO, Goldsmith AA, Lemmer JA, Kilmer MT, Baker DG. PMID: 21516356.
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    33. 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. Goldsmith AA, Tran GQ, Smith JP, Howe SR. PMID: 19249161.
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    34. 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. Angkaw AC, Tran GQ, Haaga DA. PMID: 15941562.
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