Dean Acheson

Title(s)Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolVc-health Sciences-schools
Address9500 Gilman Drive #
La Jolla CA 92093
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    Dr. Acheson received his B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York in 2009. He completed predoctoral clinical internship and postdoctoral research training at the University of California-San Diego and VA San Diego Healthcare System. He joined the Psychiatry Department faculty in 2012. Dr. Acheson’s research attempts to understand the biobehavioral mechanisms involved in etiology and treatment of fear and anxiety-related disorders through the employment of cross-species translational paradigms with primarily psychophysiological outcomes (fear learning and extinction, prepulse inhibition). Dr. Acheson has a particular interest in facilitating learning-based mechanisms of psychotherapy via pharmacological intervention. Dr. Acheson currently serves as staff psychologist in the UCSD Obsessive Compulsive Treatment Program where he specializes in application of CBT/Exposure-based treatment strategies to “OC spectrum” disorders such as OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Compulsive Hoarding, and Habit Disorders.

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    1. Associations Among Environmental Exposures and Physical and Psychiatric Symptoms in a Care-Seeking Sample of U.S. Military Veterans. Mil Med. 2024 Mar 04. Morse JL, Acheson DT, Almklov E, Pittman JOE, Lang AJ, Lindamer L. PMID: 38442364.
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    2. High executive functioning is associated with reduced posttraumatic stress after trauma exposure among male U.S. military personnel. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:1181055. Liu SR, Moore TM, Gur RC, Nievergelt C, Baker DG, Risbrough V, Acheson DT. PMID: 37818418; PMCID: PMC10560729.
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    3. Effects of total sleep deprivation on sensorimotor gating in humans. Behav Brain Res. 2023 07 09; 449:114487. Vizeli P, Cuccurazzu B, Drummond SPA, Acheson DT, Risbrough VB. PMID: 37169130.
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    4. Pre-deployment threat learning predicts increased risk for post-deployment insomnia: Evidence from the Marine Resiliency Study. Behav Res Ther. 2022 12; 159:104223. Hunt C, Stout DM, Tie Z, Acheson D, Colvonen PJ, Nievergelt CM, Yurgil KA, Baker DG, Risbrough VB. PMID: 36327523; PMCID: PMC9893737.
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    5. Prospective longitudinal assessment of sensorimotor gating as a risk/resiliency factor for posttraumatic stress disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2022 12; 47(13):2238-2244. Acheson DT, Baker DG, Nievergelt CM, Yurgil KA, Geyer MA, Risbrough VB. PMID: 36192631; PMCID: PMC9630259.
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    6. Prospective examination of pre-trauma anhedonia as a risk factor for post-traumatic stress symptoms. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2022; 13(1):2015949. Acheson DT, Vinograd M, Nievergelt CM, Yurgil KA, Moore TM, Risbrough VB, Baker DG. PMID: 35070161; PMCID: PMC8774051.
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    7. Dissociable impact of childhood trauma and deployment trauma on affective modulation of startle. Neurobiol Stress. 2021 Nov; 15:100362. Stout DM, Powell S, Kangavary A, Acheson DT, Nievergelt CM, Kash T, Simmons AN, Baker DG, Risbrough VB. PMID: 34258336; PMCID: PMC8259305.
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    8. Sleep disturbance at pre-deployment is a significant predictor of post-deployment re-experiencing symptoms. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2019; 10(1):1679964. Acheson DT, Kwan B, Maihofer AX, Risbrough VB, Nievergelt CM, Clark JW, Tu XM, Irwin MR, Baker DG. PMID: 31723377; PMCID: PMC6830277.
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    9. Characterizing the neural circuitry associated with configural threat learning. Brain Res. 2019 09 15; 1719:225-234. Stout DM, Glenn DE, Acheson DT, Simmons AN, Risbrough VB. PMID: 31173725; PMCID: PMC7148156.
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    10. A Review of the Relationship Between Emotional Learning and Memory, Sleep, and PTSD. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2019 01 19; 21(1):2. Colvonen PJ, Straus LD, Acheson D, Gehrman P. PMID: 30661137; PMCID: PMC6645393.
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    11. REM sleep and safety signal learning in posttraumatic stress disorder: A preliminary study in military veterans. Neurobiol Stress. 2018 Nov; 9:22-28. Straus LD, Norman SB, Risbrough VB, Acheson DT, Drummond SPA. PMID: 30116769; PMCID: PMC6084022.
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    12. Neural measures associated with configural threat acquisition. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2018 04; 150:99-106. Stout DM, Glenn DE, Acheson DT, Spadoni AD, Risbrough VB, Simmons AN. PMID: 29544725.
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    13. Individual variation in working memory is associated with fear extinction performance. Behav Res Ther. 2018 03; 102:52-59. Stout DM, Acheson DT, Moore TM, Gur RC, Baker DG, Geyer MA, Risbrough VB, MRS Team. PMID: 29331727; PMCID: PMC6182776.
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    14. The Future of Contextual Fear Learning for PTSD Research: A Methodological Review of Neuroimaging Studies. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2018; 38:207-228. Glenn DE, Risbrough VB, Simmons AN, Acheson DT, Stout DM. PMID: 29063483.
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    15. COMT val158met polymorphism links to altered fear conditioning and extinction are modulated by PTSD and childhood trauma. Depress Anxiety. 2018 01; 35(1):32-42. Deslauriers J, Acheson DT, Maihofer AX, Nievergelt CM, Baker DG, Geyer MA, Risbrough VB, Marine Resiliency Study Team. PMID: 28833952; PMCID: PMC5760328.
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    16. Fear learning alterations after traumatic brain injury and their role in development of posttraumatic stress symptoms. Depress Anxiety. 2017 08; 34(8):723-733. Glenn DE, Acheson DT, Geyer MA, Nievergelt CM, Baker DG, Risbrough VB, MRS-II Team. PMID: 28489272.
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    17. Sleep Deprivation Disrupts Recall of Conditioned Fear Extinction. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2017 Mar; 2(2):123-129. Straus LD, Acheson DT, Risbrough VB, Drummond SPA. PMID: 28758152; PMCID: PMC5526630.
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    19. Oxytocin enhancement of fear extinction: a new target for facilitating exposure-based treatments? Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Aug 01; 78(3):154-5. Acheson DT, Risbrough VB. PMID: 26143973.
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    20. Fear extinction memory performance in a sample of stable, euthymic patients with bipolar disorder. J Affect Disord. 2015 Oct 01; 185:230-8. Acheson DT, Eyler LT, Resovsky J, Tsan E, Risbrough VB. PMID: 26247493.
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    21. Early Adolescent Emergence of Reversal Learning Impairments in Isolation-Reared Rats. Dev Neurosci. 2015; 37(3):253-62. Powell SB, Khan A, Young JW, Scott CN, Buell MR, Caldwell S, Tsan E, de Jong LA, Acheson DT, Lucero J, Geyer MA, Behrens MM. PMID: 26022788; PMCID: PMC4644772.
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    22. Intranasal oxytocin administration prior to exposure therapy for arachnophobia impedes treatment response. Depress Anxiety. 2015 Jun; 32(6):400-7. Acheson DT, Feifel D, Kamenski M, Mckinney R, Risbrough VB. PMID: 25826649.
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    23. Conditioned fear and extinction learning performance and its association with psychiatric symptoms in active duty Marines. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2015 Jan; 51:495-505. Acheson DT, Geyer MA, Baker DG, Nievergelt CM, Yurgil K, Risbrough VB, MRS-II Team. PMID: 25444643; PMCID: PMC4345165.
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    24. Fear conditioning, safety learning, and sleep in humans. J Neurosci. 2014 Aug 27; 34(35):11754-60. Marshall AJ, Acheson DT, Risbrough VB, Straus LD, Drummond SP. PMID: 25164670; PMCID: PMC6608408.
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    25. Psychophysiology in the study of psychological trauma: where are we now and where do we need to be? Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2014; 21:157-83. Acheson DT, Geyer MA, Risbrough VB. PMID: 25158622.
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    26. Sleep deprivation impairs performance in the 5-choice continuous performance test: similarities between humans and mice. Behav Brain Res. 2014 Mar 15; 261:40-8. van Enkhuizen J, Acheson D, Risbrough V, Drummond S, Geyer MA, Young JW. PMID: 24333377; PMCID: PMC3937379.
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    27. Interoceptive sensitivity deficits in women recovered from bulimia nervosa. Eat Behav. 2013 Dec; 14(4):488-92. Klabunde M, Acheson DT, Boutelle KN, Matthews SC, Kaye WH. PMID: 24183142; PMCID: PMC3817494.
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    28. Reward learning as a potential target for pharmacological augmentation of cognitive remediation for schizophrenia: a roadmap for preclinical development. Front Neurosci. 2013; 7:103. Acheson DT, Twamley EW, Young JW. PMID: 23785309; PMCID: PMC3684768.
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    29. The effect of intranasal oxytocin treatment on conditioned fear extinction and recall in a healthy human sample. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2013 Sep; 229(1):199-208. Acheson D, Feifel D, de Wilde S, McKinney R, Lohr J, Risbrough V. PMID: 23644911; PMCID: PMC5458114.
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    30. Effects of anxiolytic treatment on potentiated startle during aversive image anticipation. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2012 Jul; 27(4):419-27. Acheson DT, Stein MB, Paulus MP, Ravindran L, Simmons AN, Lohr JB, Risbrough VB. PMID: 22782542.
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    31. The effect of pregabalin on sensorimotor gating in 'low' gating humans and mice. Neuropharmacology. 2012 Sep; 63(3):480-5. Acheson DT, Stein MB, Paulus MP, Geyer MA, Risbrough VB. PMID: 22575075; PMCID: PMC3572212.
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    32. Interoceptive fear conditioning and panic disorder: the role of conditioned stimulus-unconditioned stimulus predictability. Behav Ther. 2012 Mar; 43(1):174-89. Acheson DT, Forsyth JP, Moses E. PMID: 22304889.
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    33. Hippocampal dysfunction effects on context memory: possible etiology for posttraumatic stress disorder. Neuropharmacology. 2012 Feb; 62(2):674-85. Acheson DT, Gresack JE, Risbrough VB. PMID: 21596050; PMCID: PMC3175276.
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    34. Interoceptive fear conditioning as a learning model of panic disorder: an experimental evaluation using 20% CO(2)-enriched air in a non-clinical sample. Behav Res Ther. 2007 Oct; 45(10):2280-94. Acheson DT, Forsyth JP, Prenoveau JM, Bouton ME. PMID: 17548049.
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