Sona Dimidjian

University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Dimidjian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on promoting mental health and well-being for women and children. She is a leading expert in the treatment and prevention of depression, with a particular focus on the mental health of women during pregnancy and postpartum. Her work examines the clinical application of contemplative practices, such as mindfulness meditation, and cognitive and behavioral approaches in healthcare settings, as well as social emotional learning in schools. She has developed novel behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions for promoting mental health and well-being. She also has a longstanding interest in the dissemination of evidence-based practice, both nationally and internationally. Her work has used both digital technology and community based strategies, such as training peers and lay counselors, to increase access to effective treatments. She is the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging her teaching and clinical research, such as the Dorothy Martin Women’s Faculty Award and the Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award at the University of Colorado Boulder along with the Susan Hickman Award from Postpartum Support International and the Women and Psychotherapy Award from Division 35 of the American Psychological Association. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington.