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Dimidjian, Sona Professor

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  • 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.

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  • cultivating mental health and wellness among women, children, and families; 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; expanding access, scaling, and sustaining effective programs, using both digital technology and community-based partnerships

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Teaching

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  • ARSC 1520 - Health, Society, and Wellness in COVID-19 Times
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    The novel coronavirus pandemic has disrupted nearly every aspect of society around the world. The pandemic has resulted in the infection of millions and death of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. The economic, social, and mental health impacts of the pandemic are unprecedented and have laid bare and exacerbated long standing inequalities and disparities.' College students will benefit from an academic course that provides scientific, humanistic, and social scientific perspectives on disease and society broadly and the coronavirus crisis in particular. The course will offer students empirically proven strategies for maintaining wellness, which is especially important at a moment of pervasive uncertainty, heightened anxiety, and mental health vulnerability.
  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / 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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