Virginia Sturm, PhD

Assistant Professor
Neurology
+1 415 476-8618

Virginia Sturm, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. After undergraduate work at Georgetown University, she received her PhD degree in clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF. She directs the Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Laboratory located in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and affiliated with the UCSF Center for Psychophysiology and Behavior (CPB). Her research focuses on laboratory measurement of emotion and social behavior in neurodegenerative diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Publications: 

Increased prevalence of autoimmune disease within C9 and FTD/MND cohorts: Completing the picture.

Neurology(R) neuroimmunology & neuroinflammation

Miller ZA, Sturm VE, Camsari GB, Karydas A, Yokoyama JS, Grinberg LT, Boxer AL, Rosen HJ, Rankin KP, Gorno-Tempini ML, Coppola G, Geschwind DH, Rademakers R, Seeley WW, Graff-Radford NR, Miller BL

Cognition and neuropsychiatry in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia by disease stage.

Neurology

Bertoux M, Sarazin M, Pasquier F, Bottlaender M, de Souza LC, Mioshi E, Hornberger M, Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Lobach IV, Kramer JH, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Possin K, You SC, Lamarre AK, Shany-Ur T, Stephens ML, Perry DC, Lee SE, Miller ZA, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rosen HJ, Boxer A, Seeley WW, Rabinovici GD, Vossel KA, Miller BL

Distinct Subtypes of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia Based on Patterns of Network Degeneration.

JAMA neurology

Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Pressman PS, Perry DC, Lobach IV, Seeley WW, Coppola G, Karydas AM, Grinberg LT, Shany-Ur T, Lee SE, Rabinovici GD, Rosen HJ, Gorno-Tempini ML, Boxer AL, Miller ZA, Chiong W, DeMay M, Kramer JH, Possin KL, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Neylan M, Zackey DD, Nguyen LA, Ketelle R, Block N, Wu TQ, Dallich A, Russek N, Caplan A, Geschwind DH, Vossel KA, Miller BL

Comparing Volume Loss in Neuroanatomical Regions of Emotion versus Regions of Cognition in Healthy Aging.

PloS one

Pressman PS, Noniyeva Y, Bott N, Dutt S, Sturm V, Miller BL, Kramer JH

Insular atrophy and diminished disgust reactivity.

Emotion (Washington, D.C.)

Verstaen A, Eckart JA, Muhtadie L, Otero MC, Sturm VE, Haase CM, Miller BL, Levenson RW

Dominant hemisphere lateralization of cortical parasympathetic control as revealed by frontotemporal dementia.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Guo CC, Sturm VE, Zhou J, Gennatas ED, Trujillo AJ, Hua AY, Crawford R, Stables L, Kramer JH, Rankin K, Levenson RW, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Seeley WW

Cognition and neuropsychiatry in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia by disease stage.

Neurology

Ranasinghe KG, Rankin KP, Lobach IV, Kramer JH, Sturm VE, Bettcher BM, Possin K, Christine You S, Lamarre AK, Shany-Ur T, Stephens ML, Perry DC, Lee SE, Miller ZA, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rosen HJ, Boxer A, Seeley WW, Rabinovici GD, Vossel KA, Miller BL

Association of traumatic brain injury with subsequent neurological and psychiatric disease: a meta-analysis.

Journal of neurosurgery

Perry DC, Sturm VE, Peterson MJ, Pieper CF, Bullock T, Boeve BF, Miller BL, Guskiewicz KM, Berger MS, Kramer JH, Welsh-Bohmer KA

The 5-HTTLPR variant in the serotonin transporter gene modifies degeneration of brain regions important for emotion in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia.

NeuroImage. Clinical

Yokoyama JS, Bonham LW, Sturm VE, Adhimoolam B, Karydas A, Coppola G, Miller BL, Rankin KP

Neural basis of motivational approach and withdrawal behaviors in neurodegenerative disease.

Brain and behavior

Shinagawa S, Babu A, Sturm V, Shany-Ur T, Toofanian Ross P, Zackey D, Poorzand P, Grossman S, Miller BL, Rankin KP

Emotion recognition in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease: A new film-based assessment.

Emotion (Washington, D.C.)

Goodkind MS, Sturm VE, Ascher EA, Shdo SM, Miller BL, Rankin KP, Levenson RW

Divergent processing of monetary and social reward in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer disease.

Alzheimer disease and associated disorders

Perry DC, Sturm VE, Wood KA, Miller BL, Kramer JH

Impaired Recognition and Regulation of Disgust Is Associated with Distinct but Partially Overlapping Patterns of Decreased Gray Matter Volume in the Ventroanterior Insula.

Biological psychiatry

Woolley JD, Strobl EV, Sturm VE, Shany-Ur T, Poorzand P, Grossman S, Nguyen L, Eckart JA, Levenson RW, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Rankin KP

Variation in longevity gene KLOTHO is associated with greater cortical volumes.

Annals of clinical and translational neurology

Yokoyama JS, Sturm VE, Bonham LW, Klein E, Arfanakis K, Yu L, Coppola G, Kramer JH, Bennett DA, Miller BL, Dubal DB

Damage to left frontal regulatory circuits produces greater positive emotional reactivity in frontotemporal dementia.

Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior

Sturm VE, Yokoyama JS, Eckart JA, Zakrzewski J, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Seeley WW, Levenson RW

Life extension factor klotho enhances cognition.

Cell reports

Dubal DB, Yokoyama JS, Zhu L, Broestl L, Worden K, Wang D, Sturm VE, Kim D, Klein E, Yu GQ, Ho K, Eilertson KE, Yu L, Kuro-o M, De Jager PL, Coppola G, Small GW, Bennett DA, Kramer JH, Abraham CR, Miller BL, Mucke L

Anatomical correlates of reward-seeking behaviours in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia.

Brain : a journal of neurology

Perry DC, Sturm VE, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Kramer JH, Rosen HJ

Heightened emotional contagion in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease is associated with temporal lobe degeneration.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Sturm VE, Yokoyama JS, Seeley WW, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Rankin KP

TDP-43 frontotemporal lobar degeneration and autoimmune disease.

Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry

Miller ZA, Rankin KP, Graff-Radford NR, Takada LT, Sturm VE, Cleveland CM, Criswell LA, Jaeger PA, Stan T, Heggeli KA, Hsu SC, Karydas A, Khan BK, Grinberg LT, Gorno-Tempini ML, Boxer AL, Rosen HJ, Kramer JH, Coppola G, Geschwind DH, Rademakers R, Seeley WW, Wyss-Coray T, Miller BL

Role of right pregenual anterior cingulate cortex in self-conscious emotional reactivity.

Social cognitive and affective neuroscience

Sturm VE, Sollberger M, Seeley WW, Rankin KP, Ascher EA, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Levenson RW

Diminished disgust reactivity in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia.

Neuropsychologia

Eckart JA, Sturm VE, Miller BL, Levenson RW

Alexithymia in neurodegenerative disease.

Neurocase

Sturm VE, Levenson RW

Mutual gaze in Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal and semantic dementia couples.

Social cognitive and affective neuroscience

Sturm VE, McCarthy ME, Yun I, Madan A, Yuan JW, Holley SR, Ascher EA, Boxer AL, Miller BL, Levenson RW

Relationship satisfaction and emotional language in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer disease patients and spousal caregivers.

Alzheimer disease and associated disorders

Ascher EA, Sturm VE, Seider BH, Holley SR, Miller BL, Levenson RW

Exploring the basis for gender differences in the demand-withdraw pattern.

Journal of homosexuality

Holley SR, Sturm VE, Levenson RW

Neuroanatomical correlates of cognitive self-appraisal in neurodegenerative disease.

NeuroImage

Rosen HJ, Alcantar O, Rothlind J, Sturm V, Kramer JH, Weiner M, Miller BL

Diminished self-conscious emotional responding in frontotemporal lobar degeneration patients.

Emotion (Washington, D.C.)

Sturm VE, Ascher EA, Miller BL, Levenson RW

STN-DBS activates the target area in Parkinson disease: an FDG-PET study.

Neurology

Hilker R, Voges J, Weber T, Kracht LW, Roggendorf J, Baudrexel S, Hoevels M, Sturm V, Heiss WD

Chapter 25 Laboratory testing of emotion and frontal cortex.

Handbook of clinical neurology

Levenson RW, Ascher E, Goodkind M, McCarthy M, Sturm V, Werner K

Self-conscious emotion deficits in frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

Brain : a journal of neurology

Sturm VE, Rosen HJ, Allison S, Miller BL, Levenson RW