Sona Dimidjian, PhD
Sona Dimidjian, PhD
Dr. Sona Dimidjian is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a licensed clinical psychologist, and Director of CU CREST.
Her research addresses the treatment and prevention of depression, with a particular focus on the mental health of women during pregnancy and postpartum. Dr. Dimidjian is a leading expert in cognitive and behavioral approaches to treating and preventing depression and provides local, national, and international training and consultation on clinical practice and clinical research. She also maintains a private clinical practice in Boulder, Colorado.
She is one of a core group of experts in behavioral activation (BA) treatment for depression, a psychotherapy that focuses on helping people become active and engaged in their lives in ways that help them to connect to experiences of pleasure or accomplishment, solve problems, and achieve important life goals. She co-authored the treatment manual for Behavioral Activation.
Dr. Dimidjian also is recognized as an expert in the clinical application of contemplative practices, such as mindfulness meditation, and has collaborated with Zindel Segal on the development of web-based delivery and training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (https://www.mindfulnoggin.com/.). Dr. Dimidjian has a longstanding interest in the dissemination of empirically supported treatments and evidence-based practice, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Dimidjian received her BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington, where she was fortunate to receive mentoring with expert clinical researchers and innovators, including Marsha Linehan, Steve Hollon, and Neil Jacobson. She received a student research award from Division 12 of the American Psychological Association for her dissertation research.
Dr. Dimidjian is a widely respected teacher and has been the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging her teaching, mentoring, and clinical research, including the Dorothy Martin Women’s Faculty Award, the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award and the Faculty Teaching Award from the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as the Susan Hickman Award from Postpartum Support International.