Ann Rasmusson, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry
General Psychiatry Section

MD, Pritzker School of Medicine



Ann Rasmusson, MD is the Psychiatry Liaison, PTSD Research and Education, at VA Boston Healthcare System, a Research Associate of the VA National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Science Division, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University. She earned her undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University and MD at the University of Chicago before completing a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins and a neuropsychopharmacology research fellowship and psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rasmusson’s basic research focused on understanding the role of the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus in coordinating hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, mesoprefrontal cortical monoamine, and behavioral responses to unconditioned and conditioned stress. Her clinical research has contributed to the current expanded view of neurobiological factors that contribute to PTSD risk and stress resilience. This research has evolved to focus on gender differences in the neurobiology of PTSD and a role for neuroactive steroids and neuropeptides in the pathophysiology and treatment of PTSD and its comorbidities. She is currently a Lead Investigator of a DOD sponsored multisite Phase II investigation of the GABAergic neuroactive steroid ganaxolone in the treatment of PTSD and Principal Investigator on an NIMH study of GABAergic neuroactive steroids in the pathophysiology of PTSD, a VA Merit Review investigating gender-related neurobiological factors that promote refractory nicotine dependence in veterans with PTSD, and the VA RR&D sponsored Translational Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress (TRACTS) investigation of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) efficacy in PTSD with and without TBI. She is the author of 56 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and chapters and is the mother of one lovely teenage daughter.

VA Boston Healthcare System




GabaAergic Neurotransmission in PTSD
09/15/2008 - 08/31/2011 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
7R21MH081113-02




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2008 GABAergic Neurotransmission in PTSD 7R21MH081113-02
2007 GABAergic Neurotransmission in PTSD 1R21MH081113-01
2004 Effects of Gender on Executive Function During Smoking Withdrawal 5M01RR000125-41-1081 305
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  1. Rasmusson AM, Marx CE, Pineles SL, Locci A, Scioli-Salter ER, Nillni YI, Liang JJ, Pinna G. Neuroactive steroids and PTSD treatment. Neurosci Lett. 2017 May 10; 649:156-163.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28215878; DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.01.054;.
  2. Rasmusson AM. The gut peptide neuropeptide Y and post-traumatic stress disorder. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2017 Feb; 24(1):3-8. PMID: 27898588; DOI: 10.1097/MED.0000000000000301;.
  3. Pineles SL, Arditte Hall KA, Rasmusson AM. Gender and PTSD: different pathways to a similar phenotype. Curr Opin Psychol. 2017 Apr; 14:44-48.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28813318.
  4. Nillni YI, Pineles SL, Rohan KJ, Zvolensky MJ, Rasmusson AM. The influence of the menstrual cycle on reactivity to a CO2 challenge among women with and without premenstrual symptoms. Cogn Behav Ther. 2017 Apr; 46(3):239-249.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27687294; DOI: 10.1080/16506073.2016.1236286;.
  5. Familoni BO, Gregor KL, Dodson TS, Krzywicki AT, Lowery BN, Orr SP, Suvak MK, Rasmusson AM. Sweat pore reactivity as a surrogate measure of sympathetic nervous system activity in trauma-exposed individuals with and without posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychophysiology. 2016 Sep; 53(9):1417-28. PMID: 27286885; DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12681;.
  6. Pineles SL, Blumenthal TD, Curreri AJ, Nillni YI, Putnam KM, Resick PA, Rasmusson AM, Orr SP. Prepulse inhibition deficits in women with PTSD. Psychophysiology. 2016 Sep; 53(9):1377-85.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27237725; DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12679;.
  7. Scioli-Salter ER, Johnides BD, Mitchell KS, Smith BN, Resick PA, Rasmusson AM. Depression and dissociation as predictors of physical health symptoms among female rape survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychol Trauma. 2016 Sep; 8(5):585-91.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27149157; PMCID: PMC4982768; DOI: 10.1037/tra0000135;.
  8. Lee DJ, Schnitzlein CW, Wolf JP, Vythilingam M, Rasmusson AM, Hoge CW. PSYCHOTHERAPY VERSUS PHARMACOTHERAPY FOR POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER: SYSTEMIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSES TO DETERMINE FIRST-LINE TREATMENTS. Depress Anxiety. 2016 Sep; 33(9):792-806. PMID: 27126398; DOI: 10.1002/da.22511;.
  9. Pineles SL, Nillni YI, King MW, Patton SC, Bauer MR, Mostoufi SM, Gerber MR, Hauger R, Resick PA, Rasmusson AM, Orr SP. Extinction retention and the menstrual cycle: Different associations for women with posttraumatic stress disorder. J Abnorm Psychol. 2016 Apr; 125(3):349-55.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26866677; DOI: 10.1037/abn0000138;.
  10. Scioli-Salter E, Forman DE, Otis JD, Tun C, Allsup K, Marx CE, Hauger RL, Shipherd JC, Higgins D, Tyzik A, Rasmusson AM. Potential neurobiological benefits of exercise in chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder: Pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016; 53(1):95-106.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27006290; DOI: 10.1682/JRRD.2014.10.0267;.
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