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Dimidjian, Sona Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Dimidjian's research focuses on cultivating mental health and wellness among women, children, and families by engaging people’s capacities for learning to 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. Her current research projects focus on preventing depression and supporting wellness among new and expectant mothers, promoting healthy body image and leadership among young women, and enhancing mindfulness and compassion among youth, families and educators.


  • clinical research on the treatment and prevention of depression, with focus on perinatal depression, dissemination of evidence based treatments


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courses taught

  • NRSC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Critically reviews topics in neuroscience research, scholarly analysis of a major neuroscience issue, and/or empirical research project. See the neuroscience director for further information.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
  • PSYC 7673 - Adult Psychotherapy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Provides an intensive introduction to the science and practice of psychological treatments for adult psychopathology. Will focus on selected treatments and address the relevant theoretical and empirical base for each approach and the specific principles and procedures utilized. Aim of course is for students to acquire both a scientific and applied knowledge of evidence-based practice in clinical psychology, with a focus on intervention for adult mental disorders. Instructor consent required.
  • PSYC 7703 - Seminar: Clinical Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Selected topics in the area of clinical psychology. May be repeated up to 21 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.


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