Entry Year


Major Area of Study

Experimental Psychopathology


Sonya Norman, PhD



Research Interests

Laura’s research interests include: 1) sleep disturbance and emotional processes, including sleep as a mechanism in trauma and stressor-related disorders; and 2) sleep disruption and its effects on daytime cognition and functioning.

Representative Publications
  • Straus, L.D., Acheson, D., Risbrough, V.B., & Drummond, S.P.A. (2017). Sleep Deprivation Disrupts Recall of Conditioned Fear Extinction. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 2(2), 123-129.

  • Straus, L.D., Drummond. S.P.A., Nappi, C.M., Jenkins, M.M., & Norman, S.B. (2015). Sleep Variability in Military-Related PTSD: A Comparison to Primary Insomnia and Healthy Controls. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28(1), 8-16.

  • Marshall, A.J., Acheson, D.T., Risbrough, V.B., Straus, L.D., & Drummond, S.P.A (2014). Fear, Safety Learning, and Sleep in Humans. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(35), 11754-11760.

  • Drummond, S. P., Walker, M., Almklov, E., Campos, M., Anderson, D. E., & Straus, L. D. (2012). Neural correlates of working memory performance in primary insomnia. Sleep, 36(9), 1307-1316.

  • Drummond, S.P.A., Anderson, D.E., Straus, L.D., & Vogel, E.K., Perez, V.B. (2012). The effects of two types of sleep deprivation on visual working memory capacity and filtering efficiency. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35653. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035653

  • Grants: 2015-2016 Individual Predoctoral NRSA, National Institute of Mental Health, F31MH106209. Title of project: “REM Sleep, Safety Signal Learning, and Extinction Processes in PTSD”
  • Awards: Sleep Research Society Merit-Based Travel Award, Meritorious Award, June 2015; Sleep Research Society Merit-Based Travel Award, Honorable Mention, June 2014; Sleep Research Society First Time Trainee Travel Award, June 2012