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Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel

Professor in the
Department of Psychiatry
at the University of
California San Diego

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, Director of the Gillin Sleep and Chronomedicine Research Center, Director of Education at the Sleep Medicine Center at UCSD and Deputy Director of the UCSD Stein Institute for Research on Aging.

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.

Dr. Ancoli-Israel 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 is a Deputy Editor for the journal Sleep. 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. Dr. Ancoli-Israel has been a guest on television and radio programs including NPR’s Morning Edition and Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Dr. Ancoli-Israel is published regularly in medical and psychiatric journals with over 300 publications in the field.