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Laura Dunn, MD


Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Psycho-Oncology, UCSF
Gloria Hubner Endowed Chair in Psycho-Oncology, UCSF


Phone: Psycho-Oncology Services: (415) 353-7019
Academic Office: Box 0984-F, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0984

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Harvard College, AB, 1988, Linguistics, magna cum laude
University of California, San Francisco, MD, 1997, Medicine
University of California, San Diego, 1997-2001, Internship and Residency in Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego, 2001-2002, Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry

Professional Experience

  • 2002-07
    Assistant Professor in Residence, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
  • 2002-06
    Associate Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
  • 2005-07
    Assistant Director, John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
  • 2006-07
    Associate Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
  • 2006-07
    Director, VA Special Fellowship in Advanced Psychiatry, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network, San Diego
  • 2007-2013
    Associate Professor in Residence, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry
  • 2007-
    Director of Psycho-Oncology, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry
  • 2011-
    Ethics Director, UCSF School of Medicine
  • 2013-
    Professor in Residence, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry

Honors & Awards

  • 1988
    Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College
  • 1999
    NIMH Outstanding Resident Award
  • 1999-01
    American College of Psychiatrists PRITE Fellowship
  • 1999-01
    American Psychiatric Association/GlaxoWellcome Fellowship
  • 2001
    Judd Resident Research Award, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
  • 2001
    NCDEU New Investigator Awardee
  • 2001
    West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry Resident Travel Award
  • 2002
    Member-in-Training Award, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
  • 2004
    UCSD National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine
  • 2005-06
    Scholar, NIMH Sponsored Advanced Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health
  • 2007
    Award for Excellence in Research Mentorship, UCSD Department of Psychiatry

Selected Publications

  1. Iltis AS, Misra S, Dunn LB, Brown GK, Campbell A, Earll SA, Glowinski A, Hadley WB, Pies R, Dubois JM. Addressing risks to advance mental health research. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013 Dec 1; 70(12):1363-71.
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  2. Marrero I, Bell M, Dunn LB, Roberts LW. Assessing professionalism and ethics knowledge and skills: preferences of psychiatry residents. Acad Psychiatry. 2013 Nov 1; 37(6):392-7.
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  3. Dhruva A, Aouizerat BE, Cooper B, Paul SM, Dodd M, West C, Wara W, Lee K, Dunn LB, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, Baggott C, Cataldo J, Ritchie C, Kober K, Leutwyler H, Miaskowski C. Differences in morning and evening fatigue in oncology patients and their family caregivers. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Dec; 17(6):841-8.
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  4. Punnen S, Cowan JE, Dunn LB, Shumay DM, Carroll PR, Cooperberg MR. A longitudinal study of anxiety, depression and distress as predictors of sexual and urinary quality of life in men with prostate cancer. BJU Int. 2013 Jul; 112(2):E67-75.
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  5. Dunn LB, Fisher SR, Hantke M, Appelbaum PS, Dohan D, Young JP, Roberts LW. "Thinking about it for somebody else": Alzheimer's disease research and proxy decision makers' translation of ethical principles into practice. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Apr; 21(4):337-45.
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  6. Wildeman S, Dunn LB, Onyemelukwe C. Incapacity in Canada: review of laws and policies on research involving decisionally impaired adults. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Apr; 21(4):314-25.
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  7. Dunn LB, Alici Y. Ethical waves of the silver tsunami: consent, capacity, and surrogate decision-making. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Apr; 21(4):309-13.
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  8. Overton E, Appelbaum PS, Fisher SR, Dohan D, Roberts LW, Dunn LB. Alternative decision-makers' perspectives on assent and dissent for dementia research. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Apr; 21(4):346-54.
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  9. Cataldo JK, Paul S, Cooper B, Skerman H, Alexander K, Aouizerat B, Blackman V, Merriman J, Dunn L, Ritchie C, Yates P, Miaskowski C. Differences in the symptom experience of older versus younger oncology outpatients: a cross-sectional study. BMC Cancer. 2013; 13:6.
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  10. Miaskowski C, Cooper B, Paul SM, West C, Langford D, Levine JD, Abrams G, Hamolsky D, Dunn L, Dodd M, Neuhaus J, Baggott C, Dhruva A, Schmidt B, Cataldo J, Merriman J, Aouizerat BE. Identification of patient subgroups and risk factors for persistent breast pain following breast cancer surgery. J Pain. 2012 Dec; 13(12):1172-87.
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  11. Dunn LB, Aouizerat BE, Langford DJ, Cooper BA, Dhruva A, Cataldo JK, Baggott CR, Merriman JD, Dodd M, West C, Paul SM, Miaskowski C. Cytokine gene variation is associated with depressive symptom trajectories in oncology patients and family caregivers. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Jun; 17(3):346-53.
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  12. Van Onselen C, Cooper BA, Lee K, Dunn L, Aouizerat BE, West C, Dodd M, Paul S, Miaskowski C. Identification of distinct subgroups of breast cancer patients based on self-reported changes in sleep disturbance. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Oct; 20(10):2611-9.
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  13. Yazbeck R, Dawson P, Rogers N, West C, Keogh R, Wallace D, Polyak S, Nowak K, Burt R, Taylor J, Dunn L, Philp A, Parkinson-Lawrence E. Indigenous Health: ACTION on Prevention - 50th annual Australian Society for Medical Research National Scientific Conference. Rural Remote Health. 2012; 12:2256.
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  14. Appelbaum PS, Anatchkova M, Albert K, Dunn LB, Lidz CW. Therapeutic misconception in research subjects: development and validation of a measure. Clin Trials. 2012 Dec; 9(6):748-61.
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  15. Van Onselen C, Paul SM, Lee K, Dunn L, Aouizerat BE, West C, Dodd M, Cooper B, Miaskowski C. Trajectories of sleep disturbance and daytime sleepiness in women before and after surgery for breast cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Feb; 45(2):244-60.
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  16. Kyranou M, Paul SM, Dunn LB, Puntillo K, Aouizerat BE, Abrams G, Hamolsky D, West C, Neuhaus J, Cooper B, Miaskowski C. Differences in depression, anxiety, and quality of life between women with and without breast pain prior to breast cancer surgery. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Apr; 17(2):190-5.
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  17. Van Onselen C, Aouizerat BE, Dunn LB, Paul SM, West C, Hamolsky D, Lee K, Melisko M, Neuhaus J, Miaskowski C. Differences in sleep disturbance, fatigue and energy levels between women with and without breast pain prior to breast cancer surgery. Breast. 2013 Jun; 22(3):273-6.
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  18. Miaskowski C, Cooper BA, Dhruva A, Dunn LB, Langford DJ, Cataldo JK, Baggott CR, Merriman JD, Dodd M, Lee K, West C, Paul SM, Aouizerat BE. Evidence of associations between cytokine genes and subjective reports of sleep disturbance in oncology patients and their family caregivers. PLoS One. 2012; 7(7):e40560.
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  19. Fisher CE, Dunn LB, Christopher PP, Holtzheimer PE, Leykin Y, Mayberg HS, Lisanby SH, Appelbaum PS. The ethics of research on deep brain stimulation for depression: decisional capacity and therapeutic misconception. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2012 Aug; 1265:69-79.
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  20. Dhruva A, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Lee K, West C, Aouizerat BE, Dunn LB, Swift PS, Wara W, Miaskowski C. A longitudinal study of measures of objective and subjective sleep disturbance in patients with breast cancer before, during, and after radiation therapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Aug; 44(2):215-28.
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