Dr Sonia Peterson

Sonia Peterson

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Sonia Peterson
La Mesa, CA 91942

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Sonia Peterson, Ph.D., CRC, LPCC, is a licensed mental health counselor, counselor educator, and vocational expert specializing in recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and disability inclusive approaches to employment.


  • 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

University of Arizona
Tucson, California, United States
Certificate, 2016
Educational Research Methodology
2014 To 2017

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
CA, United States
March 2012 - present

National University
Associate Professor
San Diego, CA, United States
September 2023 - present

Sonia Peterson, Ph.D. CRC LPCC
Private Practice
La Mesa, CA, United States
December 2017 - present

San Diego State University
Lecturer and Assistant Professor
San Diego, CA, United States
August 2011 - August 2023

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