Abigail C. Angkaw, Ph.D. 

H.S. Assistant Clinical Professor
Program Director, La Jolla PTSD Clinical Team, VA Medical Center San Diego

VA San Diego


Contact Information

3350 La Jolla Village Drive, MC 116B
San Deigo, CA 92161
T: (858) 552-8585 x5585


Abigail C. Angkaw, Ph.D. (formerly Goldsmith) received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2009 with a focus in Adult Health Psychology. 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 H.S. Assistant Clinical Professor in UCSD's Department of Psychiatry and the Program Director of the La Jolla PTSD Clinical Team at the VA Medical Center San Diego.

Research Interests

Research Focus

As the Program Director of the La Jolla PTSD Clinical Team (formerly OEF/OIF/OND PTSD Clinic), Dr. Angkaw conducts and supervises outpatient individual and group interventions and assessments for veterans with military- or combat-related PTSD. She was previously and a staff psychologist in the VA Alcohol and Drug Treatment program and has clinical interests in prevention and intervention for substance use disorders and comorbid conditions. She teaches graduate students, interns, postdoctoral residents, and medical students through the VA San Diego and UCSD School of Medicine.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Angkaw is active in PTSD, anxiety, and addiction research, and collaborates with several researchers affiliated with the VA San Diego Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH). Her primary clinical research interests include an examination of psychopathology models for co-occurring anxiety and substance use disorders. She is particularly interested in the development and empirical validation of prevention and intervention programs for comorbid PTSD and alcohol use disorders, and gaining understanding of their relationship to aggression and health-related quality of life.


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  • Yurgil , K. A., Barkauskas, D. A., Vasterling, J. J., Nievergelt, C. M., Larson, G. E., Schork, N. J., Litz, B. T., Nash, W. P., Baker, D. G., & for the Marine Resiliency Study Team. (2014). Association between traumatic brain injury and risk of posttraumatic stress disorder in active-duty Marines. JAMA Psychiatry, 71, 149-157. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.3080
  • Angkaw, A. C., Ross, B. S., Pittman, J. O. E., Kelada, A. Y., Valencerina, M. M., & Baker, D. G. (2013). Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and aggression in OEF/OIF veterans. Military Medicine, 178, 1044-1050. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00061
  • Nash, W. P., Marino Carper, T. L., Mills, M. A., Au, T. Goldsmith, A., Litz, B. T. (2013). Psychometric evaluation of the Moral Injury Events Scale. Military Medicine, 178, 646-652. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00017.
  • Agorastos, A. Nash, W. P., Nunnink, S., Yurgil, K. A., Goldsmith, A. A., Litz, B. T., Johnson, H., Lohr, J. B., & Baker, D. G. (2013). The Peritraumatic Behavior Questionnaire: Development and initial validation of a new measure for combat-related peritraumatic reactions. BMC Psychiatry, 13, Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1186/1471-244X-13-9
  • Goldsmith, A. A., Wilkins, K. C., & Norman, S. B. (2012). When having one disorder is the exception, not the norm: Psychological comorbidity in veterans. The Behavior Therapist 35, 153-156.
  • Baker, D. G., Nash, W. P., Litz, B. T., Geyer, M. A., Risbrough, V. B., Nievergelt, C. M., O’Connor, D. T., Larson, G. E., Schork, N. J., Vasterling, J. J., Hammer, P. S., Webb-Murphy, J. A., and the Marine Resiliency Study (MRS) Team. (2012). Predictors of risk and resilience for posttraumatic stress disorder among ground combat marines: Methods of the Marine Resiliency Study. Preventing Chronic Disease. 9, 110134. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd9.110134.
  • Black, J. J., Tran, G. Q., Goldsmith, A. A., Thompson, R. D., Smith, J. P., & Welge, J. (2012). Alcohol expectancies and social self-efficacy as mediators of differential intervention outcomes for college hazardous drinkers with social anxiety. Addictive Behaviors, 37, 248-255. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.10.004
  • Goldsmith, A. A., Thompson, R. D., Black, J. J., Tran, G. Q., & Smith, J. P. (2012). Drinking refusal self-efficacy and tension-reduction alcohol expectancies moderating the relationship between generalized anxiety and drinking behaviors in young adult drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 59-67. doi: 10.1037/a0024766
  • Norman, S. B., Myers, U. S., Wilkins, K. C., Goldsmith, A. A., Hristova, V., Huang, Z., McCullough, K. C., & Robinson, S. K. (2012). Review of biological mechanisms and pharmacological treatments of comorbid PTSD and substance use disorder. Neuropharmacology, 62, 542-551. doi:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2011.04.032
  • Pittman, J. O. E., Goldsmith, A. A., Lemmer, J. A., Kilmer, M. T., & Baker, D. G. (2012). Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and health-related quality of life in OEF/OIF veterans. Quality of Life Research, 21, 99-103. doi: 10.1007/s11136-011-9918-3
  • Norman, S. B., Trim, R. S., Goldsmith, A. A., Dimsdale, J. E., Hoyt, D. B., Norman, G. J., & Stein, M. B. (2011). Role of risk factors proximate to time of trauma in the course of PTSD and MDD Symptoms following traumatic injury. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 390-398. doi: 10.1002/jts.20669
  • Goldsmith, A. A., Tran, G. Q., Smith, J. P., & Howe, S. R. (2009). Alcohol expectancies and drinking motives in college drinkers: Mediating effects on the relationship between generalized anxiety and heavy drinking in negative-affect situations. Addictive Behaviors, 34, 505-513. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.01. 003
  • Angkaw, A. C., Tran, G. Q., & Haaga, D. A. F. (2006). Effects of training intensity on observers’ ratings of anxiety, social skills, and alcohol-specific coping skills. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44, 533-544. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2005.04.002
  • Book Chapters

  • Thompson, R. D., Goldsmith, A. A., & Tran, G. Q. (2011). Alcohol and drug use in socially anxious young adults (pp. 107-123). In C. A. Alfano & D. C. Beidel (Eds.), Social Anxiety Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults: Translating Developmental Science into Practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association (APA) Books.
  • Smith, J. P., Goldsmith, A. A., & Thompson, R. D. (2008). Gender issues in substance abuse prevention and treatment (pp. 423-427). In G. L. Fisher & N.A. Roget (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.