Andrew Shaner, M.D.

A Short Biography:

Andrew Shaner is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine and Deputy Chief of Psychiatry for the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He earned a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside in 1978 and an M.D. from UCLA in 1981. He completed a residency in General Psychiatry (1985) and a Fellowship in Child at Adolescent Psychiatry (1986), both at the Los Angeles County at the University of Southern California Medical Center. With support from NIMH, NIDA and the Department of Veterans Affairs, he developed new treatments for schizophrenia and co-occurring substance dependence, including a widely-used skills training manual. His article in the New England Journal of Medicine (1995) drew national attention to the need for better treatments for people with schizophrenia and co-occurring addictions. His research now focuses on the application of fitness indicator theory (from modern evolutionary biology) to schizophrenia and autism.

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UCLA Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

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VA Medical Center
11301 Wilshire Blvd (116A)
Los Angeles, CA 90073


A selected list of publications:

Andrew Shaner, Geoffrey Miller & Jim Mintz   Autism as the Low-Fitness Extreme of a Parentally Selected Fitness Indicator Human Nature, 2008; 19(4): 389 - 413.
Andrew Shaner, Geoffrey Miller & Jim Mintz   Mental disorders as catastrophic failures of mating intelligence, Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind's Reproductive System, 2008; 193 - 223.
Andrew Shaner, Geoffrey Miller & Jim Mintz   Evidence of a latitudinal gradient in the age at onset of schizophrenia Schizophrenia research, 2007; 94(1-3): 58-63.
Andrew Shaner, Geoffrey Miller & Jim Mintz   Schizophrenia as one extreme of a sexually selected fitness indicator Schizophrenia research, 2004; 70(1): 101-9.
Rosen Marc I, Rosenheck Robert, Shaner Andrew, Eckman Thad, Gamache Gail, Krebs Christopher   Do patients who mismanage their funds use more health services? Administration and policy in mental health, 2003; 31(2): 131-40.
Rosen Marc I, Rosenheck Robert, Shaner Andrew, Eckman Thad, Gamache Gail, Krebs Christopher   Payee relationships: institutional payees versus personal acquaintances Psychiatric rehabilitation journal, 2003; 26(3): 262-7.
Shaner Andrew, Eckman Thad, Roberts Lisa J, Fuller Thomas   Feasibility of a skills training approach to reduce substance dependence among individuals with schizophrenia Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2003; 54(9): 1287-9.
Rosen Marc I, Rosenheck Robert A, Shaner Andrew L, Eckman Thad A, Gamache Gail R, Krebs Christopher W   Substance abuse and the need for money management assistance among psychiatric inpatients Drug and alcohol dependence, 2002; 67(3): 331-4.
Rosen Marc I, Rosenheck Robert A, Shaner Andrew, Eckman Thad, Gamache Gail, Krebs Christopher   Veterans who may need a payee to prevent misuse of funds for drugs Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2002; 53(8): 995-1000.
Drake R E, Essock S M, Shaner A, Carey K B, Minkoff K, Kola L, Lynde D, Osher F C, Clark R E, Rickards L   Implementing dual diagnosis services for clients with severe mental illness Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2001; 52(4): 469-76.
Shaner A   Delusions, superstitious conditioning and chaotic dopamine neurodynamics Medical hypotheses, 1999; 52(2): 119-23.
Shaner A, Roberts L J, Eckman T A, Racenstein J M, Tucker D E, Tsuang J W, Mintz J   Sources of diagnostic uncertainty for chronically psychotic cocaine abusers Psychiatric services, 1998; 49(5): 684-90.
Shaner A, Roberts L J, Eckman T A, Tucker D E, Tsuang J W, Wilkins J N, Mintz J   Monetary reinforcement of abstinence from cocaine among mentally ill patients with cocaine dependence Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 1997; 48(6): 807-10.
Shaner A, Eckman T A, Roberts L J, Wilkins J N, Tucker D E, Tsuang J W, Mintz J   Disability income, cocaine use, and repeated hospitalization among schizophrenic cocaine abusers--a government-sponsored revolving door? The New England journal of medicine, 1995; 333(12): 777-83.
Shaner A, Khalsa M E, Roberts L, Wilkins J, Anglin D, Hsieh S C   Unrecognized cocaine use among schizophrenic patients The American journal of psychiatry, 1993; 150(5): 758-62.
Roberts L J, Shaner A, Eckman T A, Tucker D E, Vaccaro J V   Effectively treating stimulant-abusing schizophrenics: mission impossible? New directions for mental health services, 1992; 150(53): 55-65.
Shaner A, Eth S   Can schizophrenia cause posttraumatic stress disorder? American journal of psychotherapy, 1989; 43(4): 588-97.
Shaner A   Asylums, asphalt, and ethics Hospital & community psychiatry, 1989; 40(8): 785-6.

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