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Ariel Lang

TitleAdjunct Professor
InstitutionUniversity of California San Diego
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
Address9500 Gilman Drive #0855
La Jolla CA 92093
Phone858-552-8585
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    Biography

    Dr. Lang received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California Los Angeles and her M.P.H. in Biometry from SDSU. She completed a Pre- and Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the University of California San Francisco before coming to UCSD in 1999.

    Research Interests

    Dr. Lang's research primarily involves assessment of and psychotherapy for anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Her emphasis is in military and veteran populations. She is the Associate Director of the VASDHS Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH).

    Clinical Information

    Dr. Lang is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety and trauma-related disorders. She teaches and supervises in evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches.


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    A Proof of Concept and Feasibility Trial of Compassion Meditation for PTSD
    NIH/NCCIH R34AT007936Jul 1, 2014 - Jun 30, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Treatment Effectiveness for Anxiety and Depression
    NIH/NIMH K23MH063152Feb 1, 2002 - Jan 31, 2007
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Hamilton AB, Farmer MM, Moin T, Finley EP, Lang A, Oishi SM, Huynh AK, Zuchowski J, Haskell SG, Bean-Mayberry B. Enhancing Mental and Physical Health of Women through Engagement and Retention (EMPOWER): a protocol for a program of research. Implement Sci. 2017 Nov 07; 12(1):127. PMID: 29116022.
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    2. Bomyea J, Lang A, Schnurr PP. TBI and Treatment Response in a Randomized Trial of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2017 Sep/Oct; 32(5):E35-E43. PMID: 28060206.
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    3. 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 A, 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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    4. Lang A, Gartstein MA. Intergenerational transmission of traumatization: Theoretical framework and implications for prevention. J Trauma Dissociation. 2018 Mar-Apr; 19(2):162-175. PMID: 28509617.
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    5. Lang A. Mindfulness in PTSD treatment. Curr Opin Psychol. 2017 Apr; 14:40-43. PMID: 28813317.
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    6. Bell KR, Fann JR, Brockway JA, Cole WR, Bush NE, Dikmen S, Hart T, Lang A, Grant G, Gahm G, Reger MA, St De Lore J, Machamer J, Ernstrom K, Raman R, Jain S, Stein MB, Temkin N. Telephone Problem Solving for Service Members with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Randomized, Clinical Trial. J Neurotrauma. 2017 Jan 15; 34(2):313-321. PMID: 27579992.
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    7. Lang A, Schnurr PP, Jain S, He F, Walser RD, Bolton E, Benedek DM, Norman SB, Sylvers P, Flashman L, Strauss J, Raman R, Chard KM. Randomized controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy for distress and impairment in OEF/OIF/OND veterans. Psychol Trauma. 2017 Aug; 9(Suppl 1):74-84. PMID: 27322609.
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    8. Bomyea J, Lang A, Delano-Wood L, Jak A, Hanson KL, Sorg S, Clark AL, Schiehser DM. Neuropsychiatric Predictors of Post-Injury Headache After Mild-Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans. Headache. 2016 Apr; 56(4):699-710. PMID: 27028095.
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    9. Bomyea J, Lang A. Accounting for intrusive thoughts in PTSD: Contributions of cognitive control and deliberate regulation strategies. J Affect Disord. 2016 Mar 01; 192:184-90. PMID: 26741045; PMCID: PMC4728012 [Available on 03/01/17].
    10. Jak AJ, Aupperle R, Rodgers CS, Lang A, Schiehser DM, Norman SB, Twamley EW. Evaluation of a hybrid treatment for Veterans with comorbid traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Nov; 45(Pt B):210-216. PMID: 26500169.
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    11. Ramsawh HJ, Bomyea J, Stein MB, Cissell SH, Lang A. Sleep Quality Improvement During Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders. Behav Sleep Med. 2016; 14(3):267-78. PMID: 26244485; PMCID: PMC4744149 [Available on 05/01/17].
    12. Bomyea J, Lang A, Craske MG, Chavira DA, Sherbourne CD, Rose RD, Golinelli D, Campbell-Sills L, Welch SS, Sullivan G, Bystritsky A, Roy-Byrne P, Stein MB. Course of symptom change during anxiety treatment: Reductions in anxiety and depression in patients completing the Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management program. Psychiatry Res. 2015 Sep 30; 229(1-2):133-42. PMID: 26228164; PMCID: PMC4656042 [Available on 09/30/16].
    13. Bomyea J, Stein MB, Lang A. Interference control training for PTSD: A randomized controlled trial of a novel computer-based intervention. J Anxiety Disord. 2015 Aug; 34:33-42. PMID: 26114901; PMCID: PMC4532583.
    14. Bell KR, Brockway JA, Fann JR, Cole WR, St De Lore J, Bush N, Lang A, Hart T, Warren M, Dikmen S, Temkin N, Jain S, Raman R, Stein MB. Concussion treatment after combat trauma: development of a telephone based, problem solving intervention for service members. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Jan; 40:54-62. PMID: 25460344.
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    15. Chavira DA, Golinelli D, Sherbourne C, Stein MB, Sullivan G, Bystritsky A, Rose RD, Lang A, Campbell-Sills L, Welch S, Bumgardner K, Glenn D, Barrios V, Roy-Byrne P, Craske M. Treatment engagement and response to CBT among Latinos with anxiety disorders in primary care. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2014 Jun; 82(3):392-403. PMID: 24660674; PMCID: PMC4303048.
    16. Campbell-Sills L, Stein MB, Sherbourne CD, Craske MG, Sullivan G, Golinelli D, Lang A, Chavira DA, Bystritsky A, Rose RD, Welch SS, Kallenberg GA, Roy-Byrne P. Effects of medical comorbidity on anxiety treatment outcomes in primary care. Psychosom Med. 2013 Oct; 75(8):713-20. PMID: 23886736; PMCID: PMC3797868.
    17. Stein MB, Lang A. What's impeding post-traumatic stress disorder prevention? Am J Prev Med. 2013 Jun; 44(6):692-3. PMID: 23683989.
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    18. Bomyea J, Lang A, Craske MG, Chavira D, Sherbourne CD, Rose RD, Golinelli D, Campbell-Sills L, Welch SS, Sullivan G, Bystritsky A, Roy-Byrne P, Stein MB. Suicidal ideation and risk factors in primary care patients with anxiety disorders. Psychiatry Res. 2013 Aug 30; 209(1):60-5. PMID: 23608160; PMCID: PMC3745797.
    19. Lang A. What mindfulness brings to psychotherapy for anxiety and depression. Depress Anxiety. 2013 May; 30(5):409-12. PMID: 23423991.
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    20. Bormann JE, Liu L, Thorp SR, Lang A. Spiritual wellbeing mediates PTSD change in veterans with military-related PTSD. Int J Behav Med. 2012 Dec; 19(4):496-502. PMID: 21874605.
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    21. Campbell-Sills L, Sherbourne CD, Roy-Byrne P, Craske MG, Sullivan G, Bystritsky A, Lang A, Chavira DA, Rose RD, Shaw Welch S, Stein MB. Effects of co-occurring depression on treatment for anxiety disorders: analysis of outcomes from a large primary care effectiveness trial. J Clin Psychiatry. 2012 Dec; 73(12):1509-16. PMID: 23290323; PMCID: PMC3692282.
    22. Bomyea J, Risbrough V, Lang A. A consideration of select pre-trauma factors as key vulnerabilities in PTSD. Clin Psychol Rev. 2012 Nov; 32(7):630-41. PMID: 22917742; PMCID: PMC3444146.
    23. Lang A, Strauss JL, Bomyea J, Bormann JE, Hickman SD, Good RC, Essex M. The theoretical and empirical basis for meditation as an intervention for PTSD. Behav Modif. 2012 Nov; 36(6):759-86. PMID: 22669968.
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    24. Lang A, Wilkins K, Roy-Byrne PP, Golinelli D, Chavira D, Sherbourne C, Rose RD, Bystritsky A, Sullivan G, Craske MG, Stein MB. Abbreviated PTSD Checklist (PCL) as a guide to clinical response. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2012 Jul-Aug; 34(4):332-8. PMID: 22460001; PMCID: PMC3383936.
    25. Bomyea J, Amir N, Lang A. The relationship between cognitive control and posttraumatic stress symptoms. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2012 Jun; 43(2):844-8. PMID: 22200545; PMCID: PMC3262901.
    26. Gray MJ, Schorr Y, Nash W, Lebowitz L, Amidon A, Lansing A, Maglione M, Lang A, Litz BT. Adaptive disclosure: an open trial of a novel exposure-based intervention for service members with combat-related psychological stress injuries. Behav Ther. 2012 Jun; 43(2):407-15. PMID: 22440075.
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    27. Lang A, Schnurr PP, Jain S, Raman R, Walser R, Bolton E, Chabot A, Benedek D. Evaluating transdiagnostic treatment for distress and impairment in veterans: a multi-site randomized controlled trial of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Jan; 33(1):116-23. PMID: 21920461.
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    28. Wetherell JL, Afari N, Rutledge T, Sorrell JT, Stoddard JA, Petkus AJ, Solomon BC, Lehman DH, Liu L, Lang A, Atkinson JH. A randomized, controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain. Pain. 2011 Sep; 152(9):2098-107. PMID: 21683527.
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    29. Wilkins KC, Lang A, Norman SB. Synthesis of the psychometric properties of the PTSD checklist (PCL) military, civilian, and specific versions. Depress Anxiety. 2011 Jul; 28(7):596-606. PMID: 21681864; PMCID: PMC3128669.
    30. Bomyea J, Lang A. Emerging interventions for PTSD: future directions for clinical care and research. Neuropharmacology. 2012 Feb; 62(2):607-16. PMID: 21664365; PMCID: PMC3626560.
    31. Rose RD, Lang A, Welch SS, Campbell-Sills L, Chavira DA, Sullivan G, Sherbourne C, Bystritsky A, Stein MB, Roy-Byrne PP, Craske MG. Training primary care staff to deliver a computer-assisted cognitive-behavioral therapy program for anxiety disorders. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2011 Jul-Aug; 33(4):336-42. PMID: 21762829; PMCID: PMC3139130.
    32. Craske MG, Stein MB, Sullivan G, Sherbourne C, Bystritsky A, Rose RD, Lang A, Welch S, Campbell-Sills L, Golinelli D, Roy-Byrne P. Disorder-specific impact of coordinated anxiety learning and management treatment for anxiety disorders in primary care. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011 Apr; 68(4):378-88. PMID: 21464362; PMCID: PMC3074172.
    33. Stein MB, Roy-Byrne PP, Craske MG, Campbell-Sills L, Lang A, Golinelli D, Rose RD, Bystritsky A, Sullivan G, Sherbourne CD. Quality of and patient satisfaction with primary health care for anxiety disorders. J Clin Psychiatry. 2011 Jul; 72(7):970-6. PMID: 21367351; PMCID: PMC3111814.
    34. Tremblay D, Drouin D, Lang A, Roberge D, Ritchie J, Plante A. Interprofessional collaborative practice within cancer teams: Translating evidence into action. A mixed methods study protocol. Implement Sci. 2010 Jul 13; 5:53. PMID: 20626858; PMCID: PMC2912241.
    35. Marck PB, Lang A, Macdonald M, Griffin M, Easty A, Corsini-Munt S. Safety in home care: A research protocol for studying medication management. Implement Sci. 2010 Jun 04; 5:43. PMID: 20525363; PMCID: PMC2894743.
    36. Roy-Byrne P, Craske MG, Sullivan G, Rose RD, Edlund MJ, Lang A, Bystritsky A, Welch SS, Chavira DA, Golinelli D, Campbell-Sills L, Sherbourne CD, Stein MB. Delivery of evidence-based treatment for multiple anxiety disorders in primary care: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2010 May 19; 303(19):1921-8. PMID: 20483968; PMCID: PMC2928714.
    37. Lang A, Gartstein MA, Rodgers CS, Lebeck MM. The impact of maternal childhood abuse on parenting and infant temperament. J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2010 May; 23(2):100-10. PMID: 20500626.
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    38. Norman SB, Wilkins KC, Tapert SF, Lang A, Najavits LM. A pilot study of seeking safety therapy with OEF/OIF veterans. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2010 Mar; 42(1):83-7. PMID: 20464809; PMCID: PMC2962932.
    39. Lang A, Norman SB, Means-Christensen A, Stein MB. Abbreviated brief symptom inventory for use as an anxiety and depression screening instrument in primary care. Depress Anxiety. 2009; 26(6):537-43. PMID: 19016462.
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    40. Campbell-Sills L, Norman SB, Craske MG, Sullivan G, Lang A, Chavira DA, Bystritsky A, Sherbourne C, Roy-Byrne P, Stein MB. Validation of a brief measure of anxiety-related severity and impairment: the Overall Anxiety Severity and Impairment Scale (OASIS). J Affect Disord. 2009 Jan; 112(1-3):92-101. PMID: 18486238; PMCID: PMC2629402.
    41. Simon NM, Connor KM, Lang A, Rauch S, Krulewicz S, LeBeau RT, Davidson JR, Stein MB, Otto MW, Foa EB, Pollack MH. Paroxetine CR augmentation for posttraumatic stress disorder refractory to prolonged exposure therapy. J Clin Psychiatry. 2008 Mar; 69(3):400-5. PMID: 18348595.
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    42. Crawford EF, Lang A, Laffaye C. An evaluation of the psychometric properties of the traumatic events questionnaire in primary care patients. J Trauma Stress. 2008 Feb; 21(1):109-12. PMID: 18302183.
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    43. Lang A, Aarons GA, Gearity J, Laffaye C, Satz L, Dresselhaus TR, Stein MB. Direct and indirect links between childhood maltreatment, posttraumatic stress disorder, and women's health. Behav Med. 2008; 33(4):125-35. PMID: 18316270; PMCID: PMC2547477.
    44. Lang A, Norman GJ, Casmar PV. A randomized trial of a brief mental health intervention for primary care patients. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Dec; 74(6):1173-9. PMID: 17154746.
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    45. Lang A, Laffaye C, Satz LE, McQuaid JR, Malcarne VL, Dresselhaus TR, Stein MB. Relationships among childhood maltreatment, PTSD, and health in female veterans in primary care. Child Abuse Negl. 2006 Nov; 30(11):1281-92. PMID: 17116330.
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    46. Lang A, Rodgers CS, Lebeck MM. Associations between maternal childhood maltreatment and psychopathology and aggression during pregnancy and postpartum. Child Abuse Negl. 2006 Jan; 30(1):17-25. PMID: 16406025.
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    47. Lang A, McNiel DE. Use of the anxiety control questionnaire in psychiatric inpatients. Depress Anxiety. 2006; 23(2):107-12. PMID: 16400628.
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    48. Lang A. Mental health treatment preferences of primary care patients. J Behav Med. 2005 Dec; 28(6):581-6. PMID: 16228695.
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    49. Lang A, Sorrell JT, Rodgers CS, Lebeck MM. Anxiety sensitivity as a predictor of labor pain. Eur J Pain. 2006 Apr; 10(3):263-70. PMID: 15987671.
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    50. Lang A, Stein MB. An abbreviated PTSD checklist for use as a screening instrument in primary care. Behav Res Ther. 2005 May; 43(5):585-94. PMID: 15865914.
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    51. Lang A, Rodgers CS, Moyer R, Laffaye C, Satz LE, Dresselhaus TR, Stein MB. Mental health and satisfaction with primary health care in female patients. Womens Health Issues. 2005 Mar-Apr; 15(2):73-9. PMID: 15767197.
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    52. Norman SB, Lang A. The functional impact of anxiety sensitivity in the chronically physically ill. Depress Anxiety. 2005; 21(4):154-60. PMID: 16035054.
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    53. Lang A, Goulet C, Amsel R. Explanatory model of health in bereaved parents post-fetal/infant death. Int J Nurs Stud. 2004 Nov; 41(8):869-80. PMID: 15476760.
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    54. Lang A, Stein MB, Kennedy CM, Foy DW. Adult psychopathology and intimate partner violence among survivors of childhood maltreatment. J Interpers Violence. 2004 Oct; 19(10):1102-18. PMID: 15358937.
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    55. Stein MB, Lang A, Laffaye C, Satz LE, Lenox RJ, Dresselhaus TR. Relationship of sexual assault history to somatic symptoms and health anxiety in women. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2004 May-Jun; 26(3):178-83. PMID: 15121345.
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    56. Rodgers CS, Lang A, Laffaye C, Satz LE, Dresselhaus TR, Stein MB. The impact of individual forms of childhood maltreatment on health behavior. Child Abuse Negl. 2004 May; 28(5):575-86. PMID: 15159071.
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    57. Lang A. The self rating inventory for post-traumatic stress disorder may aid diagnosis among older people in the community. Evid Based Ment Health. 2004 Feb; 7(1):9. PMID: 14769653.
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    58. Lang A. Treating generalized anxiety disorder with cognitive-behavioral therapy. J Clin Psychiatry. 2004; 65 Suppl 13:14-9. PMID: 15384932.
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    59. Lang A, Sarmiento J. Relationship of attentional bias to anxiety sensitivity and panic. Depress Anxiety. 2004; 20(4):190-4. PMID: 15390209.
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    60. Wetherell JL, Kaplan RM, Kallenberg G, Dresselhaus TR, Sieber WJ, Lang A. Mental health treatment preferences of older and younger primary care patients. Int J Psychiatry Med. 2004; 34(3):219-33. PMID: 15666957.
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    61. Rodgers CS, Lang A, Twamley EW, Stein MB. Sexual trauma and pregnancy: a conceptual framework. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2003 Dec; 12(10):961-70. PMID: 14709184.
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    62. Goulet C, Polomeno V, Laizner AM, Marcil I, Lang A. Translation and validation of a French version of Brown's Support Behaviors Inventory in perinatal health. West J Nurs Res. 2003 Aug; 25(5):561-82; discussion 583-92. PMID: 12955972.
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    63. Lang A, Laffaye C, Satz LE, Dresselhaus TR, Stein MB. Sensitivity and specificity of the PTSD checklist in detecting PTSD in female veterans in primary care. J Trauma Stress. 2003 Jun; 16(3):257-64. PMID: 12816338.
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    64. Lang A, Rodgers CS, Laffaye C, Satz LE, Dresselhaus TR, Stein MB. Sexual trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, and health behavior. Behav Med. 2003; 28(4):150-8. PMID: 14663922.
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    65. Lang A. Brief intervention for co-occurring anxiety and depression in primary care: a pilot study. Int J Psychiatry Med. 2003; 33(2):141-54. PMID: 12968827.
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    66. Lang A, Stein MB. Screening for anxiety in primary care: why bother? Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2002 Nov-Dec; 24(6):365-6. PMID: 12490336.
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    67. Craske MG, Lang A, Mystkowski JL, Zucker BG, Bystritsky A, Yan-Go F. Does nocturnal panic represent a more severe form of panic disorder? J Nerv Ment Dis. 2002 Sep; 190(9):611-8. PMID: 12357095.
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    68. Craske MG, Lang A, Rowe M, DeCola JP, Simmons J, Mann C, Yan-Go F, Bystritsky A. Presleep attributions about arousal during sleep: nocturnal panic. J Abnorm Psychol. 2002 Feb; 111(1):53-62. PMID: 11866179.
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    69. Lang A, Kennedy CM, Stein MB. Anxiety sensitivity and PTSD among female victims of intimate partner violence. Depress Anxiety. 2002; 16(2):77-83. PMID: 12219339.
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    70. Lang A, Stein MB. Social phobia: prevalence and diagnostic threshold. J Clin Psychiatry. 2001; 62 Suppl 1:5-10. PMID: 11206034.
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