Dr Sonia Peterson

Sonia Peterson

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Sonia Peterson
San Diego, CA 92182

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Sonia Peterson, Ph.D., CRC, LPCC, is a vocational expert with SSA OHO and an assistant professor in the SDSU Rehabilitation Counseling Master's Degree and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialty Certificate programs. She currently serves on the ACA ARCA board as Chair of Public Policy, Professional Preparation and Standards. She has worked over 20 years in counseling and administrative positions to serve individuals with disabilities.


  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Social Security Administration Vocational Expert


University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona, United States
Ph.D., 2017
2014 To 2017
Dissertation: Recommendations to Increase Access at the Doctoral Level in Academia for Traditionally Underrepresented Students
Advisor: Linda Shaw

SDSU Interwork Institute
Rehabilitation Administration Certificate
2011 To 2012

University of Northern Illinois
2004 To 2004

University of Iowa
1996 To 1997

Luther College
1985 To 1989

Job History

Vocational Expert
AZ, United States
March 2012 - present

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA, United States
August 2011 - present

The University of Arizona
Graduate Assistant
Tucson, AZ, United States
August 2014 - December 2017

State of California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
Staff Services Manager, Supervisor, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
CA, United States
November 1998 - December 2014

Regional Center of the East Bay
Case Manager
Oakland, CA, United States
July 1998 - November 1998

Vocational Training and Employment
Vocational Trainer
August 1997 - April 1998