SONYA NORMAN, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and director of the PTSD Consultation Program for the National Center for PTSD, is a clinical psychologist and a researcher in the treatment of PTSD and addictions, and novel treatments to address trauma-related guilt, shame, and moral injury. She is based at the VA San Diego Healthcare System where she previously directed the PTSD treatment program for Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is an investigator in the VA's Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health. Dr. Norman has over 190 publications related to PTSD and associated problems and has had grants funded by VA, DoD, and NIH. She served as a member of the VA/DoD PTSD Clinical Practice Guideline workgroup in 2017 and 2022 and was recently elected to serve as a board member for the International Society of Traumatic Stress. She received her PhD from Stanford University.
Dr. Norman’s research primarily involves etiology, assessment, and treatment of PTSD and related conditions. She is particularly interested in co-occurring PTSD and alcohol/substance use disorders as well as in developing and evaluating psychotherapy treatments for guilt and moral injury.
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.