Sahib Khalsa

I received a B.S. in Psychology, from SUNY Stony Brook in 2002. After graduating I joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa, and received MD and PhD degrees from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2009. I graduated from the UCLA psychiatry residency in 2013, after serving as the program Chief Resident and as Chief Resident in the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and serve as Associate Director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Program.

In graduate school I became intrigued by understanding factors that modulate how we perceive the internal states of our bodies, a process termed interoceptive awareness. My studies examined the effects of age, brain injury and long term meditation practice on interoception in humans. My current research examines whether interoceptive awareness and anxiety are differentially modulated in clinical conditions including anorexia nervosa and cardiac arrhythmias.


Khalsa SS, Shahabi L, Ajijola OA, Bystritsky A, Naliboff BD, Shivkumar K. Synergistic application of cardiac sympathetic decentralization and comprehensive psychiatric treatment in the management of anxiety and electrical storm. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience (2014) 7: 1-14.

Bystritsky A, Khalsa SS, Schiffman J, Cameron M. Current Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. Pharmacy and Therapeutics  (2013) 38: 30-57. 

Philippi C, Feinstein JS, Khalsa SS, Tranel D, Landini G, Williford K, Rudrauf D. Preserved self-awareness following extensive bilateral brain damage to the insula, anterior cingulate, and medial prefrontal cortices. PLOS One (2012). 7: e38413.

Khalsa SS, Schiffman J, Bystritsky A. Treatment-resistant OCD: Options beyond first line medications. Current Psychiatry (2011) 10: 45-52.

Khalsa SS, Rudrauf D, Feinstein JS, & Tranel D. The pathways of interoceptive awareness. Nature Neuroscience (2009) 12: 1494-6.

Khalsa SS, Rudrauf D & Tranel D. Interoceptive awareness decreases with age: evidence from heartbeat detection. Psychophysiology (2009) 46:  1130-6. 

Feinstein JS, Rudrauf D, Khalsa SS, Cassell M, Bruss J, Grabowski TJ & Tranel D. Bilateral limbic system destruction in man. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (2009) 17: 1-19.

Khalsa SS, Rudrauf D, Sandesara C, Olshansky B & Tranel D. Bolus isoproterenol infusions provide a reliable method for assessing interoceptive awareness. International Journal of Psychophysiology (2009) 72: 34-45.

Khalsa SS, Rudrauf D, Damasio AR, Davidson RJ, Lutz A & Tranel D. Interoceptive awareness in experienced meditators. Psychophysiology (2008) 45: 671-8.

Khalsa SS, Moore SA & Van Hoesen GW. Hughlings Jackson and the role of the entorhinal cortex in temporal lobe epilepsy: from Patient A to Doctor Z. Epilepsy and Behavior (2006) 9: 524-31. 

Goldstein RZ, Leskovjan AC, Hoff AL, Hitzemann R, Bashan F, Khalsa SS, Wang GJ, Fowler JS & Volkow ND. Severity of neuropsychological impairment in cocaine and alcohol addiction: association with metabolism in the prefrontal cortex. Neuropsychologia (2004) 42: 1447-58.

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