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Loretta Sonnier, MD

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Loretta Sonnier, MD

Specialty Areas:

child and adolescent forensic psychiatry, violence risk assessment

VPI Core Areas

VPI Core Areas: #Community Violence

Angles of Approach

#Prevention Intervention


Dr. Loretta Sonnier is a child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist whose primary clinical interests are severe mental illness and violence risk assessment/prevention. Dr. Sonnier employs a trauma-informed, recovery-oriented model of treatment. Her teaching focus is forensic psychiatry: the intersection of mental health or development and the law. She performs evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults that are used in legal proceedings. Dr. Sonnier also supervises child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, general psychiatry residents, and forensic fellows in many topics including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and forensic evaluations.



Selected publications:


Dr. Sonnier’s school of medicine profile page