University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Sona Dimidjian is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on cultivating mental health and well-being among women, children, and families by engaging people’s capacities for learning to best care for themselves and their communities. She develops and studies programs and practices in education and healthcare settings, with an emphasis on navigating key developmental transitions, such as the perinatal period, early childhood, and adolescence. She also has a longstanding interest in expanding access, scaling, and sustaining effective programs, using both digital technology and community-based partnerships. Current projects in her lab focus on preventing depression and supporting well-being among new and expectant mothers, promoting healthy body image and leadership among young women, and enhancing mindfulness and compassion among youth, families and educators. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and philanthropic individuals and foundations dedicated to supporting positive social and community impact. She is the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging her teaching and clinical research, including 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 B.A. in psychology from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington.