Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D. 

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information

T: (619) 543-5713
F: (619) 543-7427


Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Director of the Gillin Sleep and Chronobiology Research Center, Co-Director of the Laboratory for Sleep and Chronobiology at the UCSD GCRC, and Director of Education at the UCSD Sleep Medicine Center. Dr. Ancoli-Israel received her Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, a Master’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Francisco. She is certified in sleep medicine and in behavioral sleep medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and of the Gerontological Society of America.

Research Interests

Not available at this time.


  • Savard,J., Liu,L., Natajaran,L., Rissling,M., Neikrug,A.B., He,F., Dimsdale,J.E., Mills,P.J., Parker,B.A., Sadler,G.R., and Ancoli-Israel,S. Breast cancer patients have progressively impaired sleep-wake activity rhythms during chemotherapy. Sleep 32:1155-1160, 2009. PMID: 19750920; PMCID PMC2737573
  • Ayalon L, Ancoli-Israel S, Drummond SP. Obstructive sleep apnea and age: a double insult to brain function? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010 Aug 1;182(3):413-9. Epub 2010 Apr 15. PubMed PMID: 20395556; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC2921601.
  • Paudel,M., Taylor,B.C., Ancoli-Israel,S., Blackwell,T., Stone,K.L., Tranah,G., Redline,S.S., Cummings,S.R., Ensrud,K.E., and for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men(MrOS) Study Group. Rest/Activity Rhythms and mortality rates in older men: The MrOs Sleep Study . Chronobiol Int 27:363-377, 2010. PMID 20370475 PubMed CentralPMCID: PMC2918381.
  • Ancoli-Israel S, Rissling M, Neikrug A, Trofimenko V, Natarajan L, Parker BA, Lawton S, Desan P, Liu L. Light treatment prevents fatigue in women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Support Care Cancer 2011;20:1211-9. PMID 21660669; PMCID PMC3192914
  • Tranah GJ, Blackwell T, Stone KL, Ancoli-Israel S, Paudel ML, Ensrud KE, Cauley JA, Redline S, Hillier TA, Cummings SR, Yaffe K; SOF Research Group. Circadian activity rhythms and risk of incident dementia and mild cognitive impairment in older women. Ann Neurol 2011;70(5):722-32. Comment in Ann Neurol 2011 70(5):677-679; PMID 22162057; PMCID PMC3244839
  • Yaffe K, Laffan AM, Harrison SL, Redline S, Spira AP, Ensrud KE, Ancoli-Israel S, Stone KL. Sleep-disordered breathing, hypoxia, and risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia in older women. JAMA 2011 Aug 10;306(6):613-9. PMID:21828324
  • Carney CE, Buysse DJ, Ancoli-Israel S, Edinger JD, Krystal AD, Lichstein KL, Morin CM. The consensus sleep diary: standardizing prospective sleep self-monitoring. Sleep 2012;35(2):287-302. PMID: 22294820
  • Ensrud KE, Blackwell TL, Ancoli-Israel S, Redline S, Cawthon PM, Paudel ML, Dam TT, Stone KL. Sleep disturbances and risk of frailty and mortality in older men. Sleep Med. 2012 Dec;13(10):1217-25. Epub 2012 Jun 15. PMID:22705247
  • Liu,L., Mills,P.J., Rissling,M.B., Fiorentino,L., Natarajan,L., Dimsdale,J.E., Sadler,G.R., Parker,B.A.;, Ancoli-Israel,S. Fatigue and sleep quality are associated with changes in inflammatory markers in breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Brain Behav Immun 2012;26(5):706-13. PMID: 22406004 [PubMed - in process]
  • Liu L, Rissling M, Natarajan L, Fiorentino L, Mills PJ, Dimsdale JE, Sadler GR, Parker BA, Ancoli-Israel S. The Longitudinal Relationship between Fatigue and Sleep in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy. Sleep 2012;35(2):237-45. PMID: 22294814
  • Neikrug AB, Rissling M, Trofimenko V, Liu L, Natarajan L, Lawton S, Parker BA,Ancoli-Israel S. Bright light therapy protects women from circadian rhythm desynchronization during chemotherapy for breast cancer. Behavioral Sleep Medicine 2012;10(3):202-16. PMID: 22742438
  • Jeste N, Liu L, Rissling M, Trofimenko V, Natarajan L, Parker BA, Ancoli-Israel,S. Prevention of quality-of-life deterioration with light therapy is associated with changes in fatigue in women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. Qual Life Res 2013;22(3):1239-44. PMID:22865153
  • Mander,B.A., Rao,V., Lu,B., Saletin,J.M., Lindquist,J.R, Ancoli-Israel,S, Jagust,W.J, Walker,M.P. Prefrontal atrophy, disrupted NREM slow waves and impaired hippocampal-dependent memory in aging. Nature Neuroscience 2013;16(3):357-64. PMID23354332
  • Neikrug AG, Maglione JE, Liu L, Natarajan L, Avanzion JA, Corey-Bloom J, Palmer BW, Loredo JS, Ancoli-Israel S. Effects of Sleep Disorders on the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson Disease. JCSM, 2013 9(11):1119-29. PMID:24235892
  • Neikrug AB; Liu L; Avanzino JA; Maglione JE; Natarajan L; Bradley L; Maugeri A; Corey-Bloom J; Palmer BW; Loredo JS; Ancoli-Israel S. Continuous positive airway pressure improves sleep and daytime sleepiness in patients with Parkinson disease and sleep apnea. SLEEP 2014;37(1):177-185.