Sonia Ancoli-Isreal, Ph.D.




Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
PHONE #: 858 822-7710
FAX #: 858 822-7712


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 Focus
Dr. Ancoli-Israel’s 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. She is the Principal Investigator on two NIH funded projects. The first, funded by the National Institute on Aging, examines the effect of treating sleep apnea on non-motor symptoms (such as cognitive functioning, daytime sleepiness, and quality of life) in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The second grant, funded by National Cancer Institute, examines whether chemobrain (cognitive decrements seen during chemotherapy) may be influenced by fatigue, poor sleep and disrupted circadian rhythms with in women with breast cancer.

Clinical Focus
Dr. Ancoli-Israel sees patients referred to the UCSD Sleep Medicine Center for all sleep disorders including sleep disordered breathing, periodic limb movements in sleep, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, parasomnias and insomnia.

Selected Publications

  • Ancoli-Israel,S. Guest Editorial: Sleep apnea in older adults - is it real and should age be the determining factor in the treatment decision matrix? Sleep Med Rev 8:83-85:2007.

  • Fiorentino,L. and Ancoli-Israel,S. Sleep Dysfunction in Patients with Cancer. Current Treatment Options in Neurology 9:337-346, 2007.

  • Goldman SE, Stone KL, Ancoli-Israel S, Blackwell T, Ewing SK, Boudreau R, Cauley JA, Hall M, Matthews KA, Newman AB. Poor sleep is associated with poorer physical performance and greater functional limitations in older women. Sleep. 2007; 30(10):1317-24.

  • Iber,C., Ancoli-Israel,S., Chesson,A.L., and Quan,S.F. The new Sleep Scoring Manual - The evidence behind the rules. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 3:107. 2007.

  • Kezirian,E.J., Harrison,S.L., Ancoli-Israel,S., Redline,S., Ensrud,K., Claman,D.M., and Stone,K.L. Behavioral correlates of sleep-disordered breathing in older women. Sleep. 30:1181-1188, 2007.

  • Ancoli-Israel,S., Palmer,B.W., Cooke,J.R., Fiorentino,L., Natarajan,L., Corey-Bloom,J., Liu,L., Ayalon,L., He,F., and Loredo,J.S. Effect of treating sleep disordered breathing on cognitive functioning in patients with Alzheimer's disease: A randomized controlled trial. J. Am. Geriatr. Soc. 56(11):2076-2081, 2008.

  • Liu,L., Fiorentino,L., Natarajan,L., Parker,B.A., Mills,P.J., Sadler,G.R., Dimsdale,J.E., Rissling,M., He,F., and Ancoli-Israel,S. Pre-treatment Symptom Cluster in Breast Cancer Patients is Associated with Worse Sleep, Fatigue and Depression during Chemotherapy. Psycho-oncology 2008 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Miller,A.H., Ancoli-Israel,S., Bower,J.E., Capuron,L. and Irwin,M. Neuroendocrine-immune mechanisms of behavioral comorbidities in patients with cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2008 20;26(6):971-82

  • Stone,K.L., Ancoli-Israel,S., Blackwell,T., Ensrud,K.E., Cauley,J.A., Redline,S.S., Hillier,T.A., Schneider,J., Claman,D., and Cummings,S.R. Poor sleep is associated with increased risk of falls in older women. Arch. Intern. Med. 168(16):1768-1775:2008.

  • Stone,K.L., Ensrud,K.E., and Ancoli-Israel,S. Sleep, insomnia and falls in elderly patients. Sleep Med 9:S18-S22, 2008.

  • Gehrman,P.R., Connor,D.J., Martin,J.L., Shochat,T., Corey-Bloom,J., and Ancoli-Israel,S. Melatonin fails to improve sleep or agitation in a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial of institutionalized patients with alzheimer's disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2009 Feb;17(2):166-9.

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