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Sonya B. Norman, PhD


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Sonya B. Norman, PhD

Portrait of Sonya Norman, PhD

Director, PTSD Consultation Program

Executive Division

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Academic Appointment

  • University of California San Diego, 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

Haller, M., Angkaw, A.C., Hendricks, B.A., & Norman, S.B. (2016). Does reintegration stress contribute to suicidal ideation among returning veterans seeking PTSD treatment? Suicide and life-threatening behavior, 46, 160-171. doi:10.1111/sltb.12181

Norman, S.B., Davis, B.C., Colvonen, C., Haller, M., Myers, U.S., Trim, R.S., Bogner, R., Robinson, S.K. (2016). Prolonged Exposure with veterans in a residential substance use treatment program. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 162-172. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2015.08.002

Norman, S.B., Wilkins, K.C., Myers, U.S., Allard, C.B. (2014). Trauma informed guilt reduction therapy with combat veterans. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21, 78-88. 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., 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. doi:10.1017/S0033291707001389

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