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Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer, University of Newcastle

Sonja Pohlman is a Clinical Psychologist and a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. She has nearly 20 years experience working with clinical populations in both private and public organizations. During this time she has undertaken significant training with international experts in clinical psychology and cognitive-behaviour therapy as well as post-graduate level study. Sonja has worked as a clinician and researcher on intervention research for brief interventions for regular amphetamine users. She has designed and delivered treatment interventions for co-morbid substance use populations and has worked as a senior consultant for 360Edge, one of Australia’s leading specialist consultants in alcohol and other drug policy and practice. Sonja is committed to the delivery of high quality training of evidence-based therapies to the next generation of professional psychologists, with a specific focus on cognitive-behaviour therapy. She is a Psychology Board Approved Supervisor and provides supervision to provisional psychologists and Clinical Registrars.

Sonja's research interests include alcohol and other drug use, craving and metacognition in substance use, severe mental ill-health, self-practice and self-reflection in clinical training, and cognitive-behaviour therapies. She is currently undertaking her PhD studies with Professor Amanda Baker in the area of alcohol use in young people with severe mental ill-health.


  • –present
    Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer, University of Newcastle