Steven R. Thorp, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
8810 Rio San Diego Drive (116A4Z)
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 400-5193
Fax: (619) 400-5154
Steven Thorp, Ph.D. is the Program
Director of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorders Clinical Team
(PCT) at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and he serves as
the Associate Chief of the Psychotherapy Unit in the Center
of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health. 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 conducts research and clinical work with
veterans who have experienced psychological trauma.
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 and Teaching 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.