Sonia Venkatraman, PHD

Sonia Venkatraman, PHD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

On staff since February 2013

Children's Title: Attending Psychologist

Academic Title: Clinical Instructor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

  • Biography

    Dr. Venkatraman received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon, where her research focused on the role of family management practices in the prevention of adolescent problem behavior. She completed her psychology clinical internship in Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychology at the University of Washington (Harborview Medical Center), and subsequently completed a two-year, postdoctoral research fellowship in the University of Washington School of Nursing, where her research focused on adolescent behavior and functioning in the context of chronic illness, and the role of the family in adaptation and coping. Her current clinical interests include using evidence-based therapies to improve coping and adjustment in adolescents and children with medical illness.

    Dr. Venkatraman is Co-Director of the Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) within Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.  She served as President of the Washington State Psychological Association in 2017 and 2018.  She currently teaches a graduate level clinical course in the University of Washington Department of Psychology, and also supervises doctoral-level clinical psychology students.

  • Patient Testimonials

    • Gayle Kent, WA 12.11.23

      I recommend Sonia to anyone who is needing help with their child's mental health. She is caring, patient, thoughtful, and vey informative. She will give you ways to not only help your child cope and learn skills, but she will help guide the family. I think that Sonia is truly the best!


Medical/Professional School

University of Oregon at Eugene, Eugene, OR


Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Clinical Interests

Evidence-based therapies to address anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues related to acute and chronic medical illness among children and adolescents; cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, trauma, and behavior change.

Research Description

Development of preventative programs to support the adjustment and coping of patients and families with medical illness.