Sonia Matwin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Faculty Appointments
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Socio-Health Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UtahM.S., Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UtahB.A., Psychology, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada
Office Address
Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
1601 23rd Avenue South, 3rd Floor
Nashville, TN 37212
Research Description
Dr. Matwin engages in research that examines the theory and practice of effective health communications, particularly in relation to health promotion and related decision-making. Dr. Matwin is also active in the development, testing, and teaching of novel mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of anxiety and depression.
Clinical Description
Dr. Matwin’s areas of clinical expertise include: Cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and mindfulness-based psychotherapy, health behavior change and related decision-making, psychological distress related to chronic disease management, health behavior change, anxiety, and depression.
Matwin S, Chang G. Readiness to change and risk drinking women. J Subst Abuse Treat [print-electronic]. 2011 Apr; 40(3): 230-40. PMID: 21193283, PMCID: PMC3072060, PII: S0740-5472(10)00237-0, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2010.11.004, ISSN: 1873-6483.

Ellington L, Sheldon LK, Matwin S, Smith JA, Poynton MM, Crouch BI, Caravati EM. An examination of adherence strategies and challenges in poison control communication. J Emerg Nurs [print-electronic]. 2009 Jun; 35(3): 186-90; quiz 274. PMID: 19446121, PMCID: PMC3167489, PII: S0099-1767(08)00055-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.jen.2008.02.015, ISSN: 1527-2966.

Ellington L, Matwin S, Jasti S, Williamson J, Crouch B, Caravati M, Dudley W. Poison control center communication and impact on patient adherence. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2008 Feb; 46(2): 105-9. PMID: 18259957, PMCID: PMC3167482, PII: 789498762, DOI: 10.1080/15563650701338914, ISSN: 1556-3650.

Wainryb C, Brehl BA, Matwin S. Being hurt and hurting others: children's narrative accounts and moral judgments of their own interpersonal conflicts. Monogr Soc Res Child Dev. 2005; 70(3): 1-114. PMID: 16359348, PII: MONO350, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5834.2005.00350.x, ISSN: 0037-976X.

Available Postdoctoral Position Details
Posted: 4/3/2019

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences invites interested and qualified applicants to apply for its Academic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship training program. The Academic Psychology track is a combined placement providing training in research, teaching, and clinical services, for those interested in pursuing an academic career. Fellows will be providing individual and group cognitive-behavioral psychological services in an adult hospital-based outpatient clinic. There will also be opportunities to collaborate and provide group CBT on in-patient units and day treatment programs, based on applicant interests and experience. In addition to individual and group therapy, fellows will provide consultation and assessment services to larger interdisciplinary treatment teams. Fellows will also be actively engaged in behavioral health research, providing individual motivational interviewing interventions in addition to group CBT for pain management. Based on experience and interest, fellows are welcome to actively participate in the development and dissemination of this research. This work is part of a multi-site funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grant; more details can be found here:

Lastly, fellows will be actively involved in didactic teaching of evidence-based psychotherapies and clinical supervision of advanced psychiatric residents. Completion of an APA accredited internship is required. Completion of an APA accredited PhD or PsyD Clinical Psychology program is required.

Start date August 1, 2019 (negotiable). Stipend $48,432. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Sonia Matwin, PhD at

Three letters of recommendation sent directly from the reference may be sent electronically to

For additional details see: