Sonya B. Norman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
UCSD Department of Psychiatry
Phone: 858-642-3885


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 San Diego/V.A. San Diego Healthcare Systems. 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. 

Research Focus    
Dr. Norman’s research primarily involves etiology, assessment, and treatment of co-occurring PTSD and alcohol/substance use disorders as well as in developing and evaluating psychotherapy treatments for guilt and PTSD in recently deployed combat Veterans. She is the Co-Chief the Psychotherapy Unit of the VA Center of Excellence in Stress and Mental Health. 

Clinical Focus       
Dr. Norman is the director of the PTSD Consultation Program through the Executive Branch of the National Center for PTSD. She previously directed for the VA San Diego OEF/OIF PTSD clinic which treats PTSD in recently deployed Veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. 

Selected Publications:

  • 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., Myers, U. S., Wilkins, K. C., Goldsmith, A. A., Hristova, V., et al., (2012).  Review of biological mechanisms and pharmacological treatments of comorbid PTSD and substance use disorder. Neuropharmacology, 62, 542-551. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2011.04.032.
  • 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(4), 533-42.
  • Norman, S.B., Tate, S.R, Anderson, K.G., Brown, S.A.  (2007).  Do Trauma History and PTSD Symptoms Influence Addiction Relapse Context? Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 33(1), 25-32.


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