Sonya B. Norman

Sonya B. Norman


  • License (Psychology)

  • PhD.     

Current Position(s): 

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

  • Professor, Psychiatry Department, UCSD, 2017-Present

  • Research Psychologist, VA San Diego, 2004-Present

Personal Statement: 

Sonya Norman, Ph.D. is director of the PTSD Consultation Program for the National Center for PTSD and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Stanford University. Dr. Norman previously directed a PTSD treatment program for Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Norman’s primary areas of research are in psychotherapies that treat PTSD and commonly co-occurring problems such as substance use disorders and post traumatic guilt and in treating PTSD in recently deployed Veterans.  Dr. Norman has over 80 publications related to trauma and PTSD. She currently has a grant comparing two treatments for the treatment of comorbid PTSD and substance use disorder in Veterans and another grant evaluating a psychotherapy for trauma related guilt among combat Veterans.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Counseling Psychology (A.P.A. Accredited), 2003

  • Internship, UCSD, 2003

  • M.A., University of Rhode Island, Clinical Psychology, 1998

  • B.A., Vassar College, Cultural Anthropology and Russian, 1993

Professional History:

  • Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, CA, 1999-2002

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Disorders Program, UCSD, 2003-2005

  • Associate Investigator Awardee, VA San Diego, 2004-2005

  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Department, UCSD, 2005-2013

  • Program Director of OEF/OIF/OND PTSD Services, VASDHS 2006-2011

  • Staff Psychologist, VASDHS, 2007-2011

  • Senior Research Psychologist, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, 2011-2012

  • Associate Professor, UCSD Department of Psychiatry, 2013-2017

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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