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Ann M RasmussonDr. Ann Rasmusson
BS ’79, human nutrition
2018 Henry L. Bolley Academic Achievement Award
The Henry L. Bolley Academic Achievement Award recognizes alumni who have attained noted accomplishments in the area of education.

Dr. Ann Rasmusson is a staff psychiatrist and the Psychiatry Liaison for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research and education at the Veterans Administration (VA) Boston Healthcare System. She is also a researcher at the National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Science Division, Department of Veterans Affairs, in Boston; an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and a guest lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Rasmusson is an internationally recognized psychiatrist, researcher and teacher in the fields of psychobiological stress and PTSD. For more than 20 years, Dr. Rasmusson has produced groundbreaking research that has not only broadened the medical community’s understanding of PTSD, but has also revealed important clues as to why people afflicted with PTSD are at a greater risk of developing other medical disorders and substance dependence. Among her discoveries, Dr. Rasmusson has identified fundamental biological changes associated with PTSD as well as sex differences in the biology of PTSD that can be targeted with new treatments.

While advancing her research, she has continued to teach at Boston University School of Medicine and mentors a team of young investigators who have also been awarded highly competitive research grants. A pioneer in PTSD research, Dr. Rasmusson has also inspired and helped pave the way for other women to advance psychiatry and medical research.

A Minot, N.D., native, Dr. Rasmusson earned a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition at North Dakota State University. She was a member of NDSU’s Honor’s Program and was inducted into the Blue Key National Honor Society. While taking the most challenging courses in math, physics, biology and math, she was also a member of the Gold Star Band, the Orchesis modern dance club and coached the Fargo Acro Team. At NDSU, she was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and a Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship Finalist.

Dr. Rasmusson earned a bachelor’s degree in medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine where she also received the first-place award for research. She earned her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children’s Medical and Surgical Center in Baltimore, a 4-year NIH-funded research fellowship in neuropsychopharmacology at the Yale Child Study Center, and a psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine. She launched her research career at Yale University School of Medicine and the VA National Center for PTSD, Clinical Neuroscience Division, before she was recruited to Boston University School of Medicine and the VA National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Science Division.

Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Rasmusson has authored more than 90 peer-reviewed research papers, reviews, and chapters and has received many honors and awards, including:

  • The American Medical Association’s 1984 Rock Sleyster Memorial Award for Outstanding Promise in Psychiatry
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry’s DISTA Fellowship Award
  • 2009 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Harvard South Shore Residency Program
  • National Institutes of Health Scholar Award for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health

Dr. Rasmusson lives in Boston. She enjoys running, an outlet she began at NDSU. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, Natalie, a student at the University of Chicago, and with family in Fargo and Minot.

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