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Sonya B. Norman

Sonya B. Norman


  • Ph.D.     


Current Position(s): 

  • Director, PTSD Consultation Program, National Center for PTSD, 2012-Present

  • Staff Psychologist, VA San Diego, 2004-Present

  • Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, 2017-Present


Personal Statement: 

Sonya Norman, Ph.D. is Director of the PTSD Consultation Program through the Executive Branch of the National Center for PTSD, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and in the Psychotherapy Unit of the VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health.


Dr. Norman received her B.A. from Vassar College and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, San Diego/VA San Diego Healthcare System.  After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Norman completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD focusing on neurobiology of trauma in women. She completed an NIAAA-funded career development award on concurrent treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder. 


Dr. Norman previously directed the San Diego VA's OEF/OIF/OND PTSD clinic and has served as a consultant on the VA's prolonged exposure therapy roll-out.  Dr. Norman's primary areas of research are in psychotherapies that treat co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders and in treating PTSD in recently deployed Veterans. Dr. Norman has over 170 publications related to trauma and PTSD. 

She serves on the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline Workgroup for PTSD and was recently elected to serve as a board member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress.


  • VA San Diego Healthcare System, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2004

  • Stanford University, Counseling Psychology, Ph.D., 2003

  • Vassar College, Anthropology, B.A., 1993

Awards and Honors: 

  • Recipient, American Psychological Association Division 18 Outstanding Supervisor or Mentor Award, 2013

  • Recipient, V.A. Associate Investigator Award, 2004

  • Recipient, Richard B. Terry Memorial Fund Graduate Training Award, 2002

  • Recipient, Spencer Foundation Training Grant, 2001

  • NIH Predoctoral Training Fellowship, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, 1999–2002

  • General Honors, Vassar College, 1993

  • Departmental Honors, Anthropology Department, Vassar College, 1993


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