Steven R. Thorp, Ph.D., ABPP 

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Contact Information

8810 Rio San Diego Drive (116A4Z)
San Diego, CA 92108
T: (619) 400-5193
F: (619) 400-5154


Steven Thorp, Ph.D. is the Division Director of the South County Mental Health Program and past Program Director of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorders Clinical Team (PCT) at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. He serves as the Co- Chief of the Psychotherapy Unit in the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH). He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and completed postdoctoral research fellowships in geriatric psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and at UCSD. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. He has expertise in psychotherapy with Veterans who have experienced psychological trauma, and he has been the PI on several RCTs investigating clinical outcomes with this population.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Thorp's primary interest is in testing empirically supported treatments (such as prolonged exposure therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and Seeking Safety/Strength) for individuals who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Current research projects include a VA Career Development Award to compare prolonged exposure therapy to relaxation training for older veterans who have PTSD. This project also investigates how neuropsychological functioning affects treatment outcomes. He was also awarded two grants (from the Department of Defense and the VA) to explore the use of teleconferencing technologies for conducting psychotherapy for veterans with PTSD. He is currently working with colleagues to examine data for a new treatment (Imagery Rehearsal Therapy) for ameliorating nightmares in veterans.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Thorp is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in assessments and empirically supported psychotherapies for PTSD. He is particularly interested in treating older adults with PTSD and in adapting new technologies to enhance psychotherapy outcomes. He is a national consultant for the VA "Roll Out" (dissemination project) of Prolonged Exposure therapy, and he provides weekly supervision and consultation to local clinicians in this treatment.


  • Thorp, S. R., Ayers, C. R., Nuevo, R., Stoddard, J. A., Sorrell, J. T., & Wetherell, J. L. (in press). Meta-analysis comparing different behavioral treatments for late-life anxiety. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • Simmons, A., Paulus, M. P., Thorp, S. R., Matthews, S. C., Norman, S. B., & Stein, M. B. (in press). Functional activation and neural networks in women with posttraumatic stress disorder related to intimate partner violence.
  • Bormann, J. E., Thorp, S., Wetherell, J. L. & Golshan, S. (2008). A spiritually-based group intervention for combat veterans with PTSD: Feasibility study. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 26, 109-116.
  • Thorp, S. R., & Stein, M. B. (2005). Posttraumatic stress disorder and functioning. PTSD Research Quarterly, 16, 1-7.
  • Rodgers, C. S., Norman, S. B., Thorp, S. R., Lebeck, M. M., & Lang, A. J. (2005). Trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder and health behaviors: Impact on special populations. In T. A. Corales (Ed.), Focus on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Research (pp. 203-224). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.