Stephen Sonnenberg, MD

Stephen Sonnenberg, MD

Professor of Instruction

  • Trice Professorship in Plan II
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Psychoanalytic Association, January, 2014
  • Fellow of the Trice Professorship in the Plan II Honors Program, College of Liberal Arts
  • Professor of Medical Education, Department of Medical Education, Dell Medical School
  • Professor of Population Health, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School
  • Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School

Stephen Sonnenberg, MD, was educated at Princeton University, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree and also received his training in psychiatry; The University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he was an intern in the Department of Internal Medicine; the National Institute of Mental Health, where he was trained as a researcher; and The Baltimore-DC Institute for Psychoanalysis. He has served as clinical professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and is currently adjunct professor of psychiatry at The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where he served as clinical professor before moving to Texas. At The University of Texas at Austin he is adjunct professor in the School of Architecture, core faculty of the Human Dimensions of Organizations Program, fellow-in-residence at the Humanities Institute, Trice Professor in the Plan II Honors Program, and principal investigator of the project “Patients, Practitioners, and Cultures of Care,” a research and development effort funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a new undergraduate Bridging Disciplines Program emphasizing the relationship of healthcare and the humanities. He is also faculty fellow of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and affiliate faculty of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. His most important committee assignments at The University of Texas include The Rhodes, Marshall and Truman Scholarships Selection Committee and the Chairmanship of the Hamilton Book Awards Selection Committee in 2017.

Dr. Sonnenberg has and continues to serve on numerous editorial boards and peer-review panels of leading journals in the fields of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, has contributed scholarly articles to the leading journals in those fields, is the co-author of a textbook Psychodrama Psychotherapy, (American Psychiatric Press, 1991, 1998, 2004), which has been translated into Russian, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Persian, and Japanese, and the co-author of chapters in important textbooks of psychiatry. He is the co-editor of The Trauma of War: Stress and Recovery in Vietnam Veterans (American Psychiatric Press, 1985). Early in 2013 his co-edited book, CENTER 17: Space & Psyche, was published by the Center for American Architecture and Design, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. It has received two awards, the Bronze Medal for Architecture in the 2014 Independent Publisher IPPY Book Awards Competition and second place in the Publications Division of the American Institute of Graphic Arts Texas Show.

In the past he has served as co-principal Investigator of The Psychology of Deterrence Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, director of research of the Project on the Vietnam Generation at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, and research scholar at the Center for Psychology and Social Change, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Hospital.

In 1987 and 1988 he was honored as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, in 1997 as Master Educator Clinical Consultant at the 150th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, in 2006 as The Charles Brenner Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis at The Medical College of Wisconsin, and in 2014 he received the Distinguished Service Award of The American Psychoanalytic Association for his service to psychoanalysis and lasting contributions to the field.

Dr. Sonnenberg has practiced medicine for more than fifty years, and he still maintains a small practice of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and educational consultation with mid-career psychiatrists.

Selected talks, lectures, and presentations

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Points of intersection between psychoanalysis and other areas of scholarly inquiry. Subjects of study include war, violence, decision-making, architecture and design, psychic trauma and post-traumatic psychological disorders, addiction and the treatment of addiction, education and effective teaching methods; medical humanities and the doctor-patient relationship, and health and human rights.


  • M.D., The Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • A.B., Princeton University


Social Work Building (SSW)

Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358