Sonya Normanx250
Contact Information:
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161


Dr. Norman earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Stanford University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) / VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), and her postdoctoral fellowship at UCSD focusing on neurobiology of trauma in women. Dr. Norman is the Director of PTSD Consultation Program through the Executive Branch of the National Center for PTSD, a Staff Psychologist and researcher at VASDHS, and a Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD. She formerly directed the PTSD program for Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan at VASDHS.

Research/Clinical Interests

Dr. Norman’s primary areas of research are in psychotherapies that treat co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders, treatments for PTSD and post-deployment mental health problems in recently deployed Veterans, and interventions to reduce trauma-related guilt. She previously directed the PTSD Program for Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan at VASDHS. She has served as a consultant on the VA’s Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy roll-out, which is an effort to disseminate an effective treatment for PTSD to Veterans who seek PTSD treatment in VA.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

Selected Publications