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Sonya B. Norman, PhD


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Sonya B. Norman, PhD

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Director, PTSD Consultation Program

Executive Division

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Academic Appointment

  • University of California San Diego, Associate Professor of Psychiatry


  • VA San Diego Healthcare System, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Stanford University, Counseling Psychology, PhD, 2003
  • Vassar College, Anthropology, BA, 1993

Expertise and Interests

  • PTSD Treatment
  • PTSD and its comorbidities in combat Veterans
  • Posttraumatic Guilt
  • PTSD and substance use comorbidity correlates and treatment
  • Implementation of Best Practices for PTSD Assessment and Treatment in VA

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Association of VA Psychologist Leaders
  • APA Divisions 18 and 56

Selected Publications

Norman, S.B., Wilkins, K.C., Myers, U.S., Allard, C.B. (2013). Trauma informed guilt reduction therapy with combat veterans. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2013.08.001

Norman, S.B., Trim, R.S., Goldsmith, A.A., Dimsdale, J.E., Hoyt, D.B., Norman, G.J., & Stein, M.B. (2011). Role of risk factors proximate to time of trauma in the course of PTSD and MDD symptoms following traumatic injury. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 390-398. doi:10.1002/jts.20669

Norman, S.B., Tate, S.R., Wilkins, K.C., Cummins, K., & Brown, S.A. (2010). Posttraumatic stress disorder's role in integrated substance dependence and depression treatment outcomes. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38, 346-355.

Norman, S.B., Inaba, R.K., Smith, T.L., & Brown, S.A. (2008). Development of the PTSD-alcohol expectancy questionnaire. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 841-847.

Norman, S.B., Stein, M.B., Dimsdale, J.E., & Hoyt, D.B. (2008). Pain in the Aftermath of Trauma is a Risk Factor for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological Medicine, 38, 533-542.

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