Dr. Sonis is an Associate Professor at UNC's Department of Social Medicine, as well as UNC's Department of Family Medicine. His research has focused on the psychosocial consequences of gross violations of human rights. He has conducted research with survivors from Bosnia, South Africa, United States (9/11), Vietnamese prison camps and Cambodia. His NIH-funded study of Cambodians’ responses to the Khmer Rouge trials (5R01MH081140) is the first national longitudinal study of any human rights tribunal. Findings from a pre-trial wave of data collection in Cambodia were published in the August 5th, 2009 issue of JAMA. In 2008, he received an award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Research Methodology.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Sonis is particularly interested in understanding the effects of social mechanisms to promote justice in post-conflict settings, such as trials and truth commissions. He is also interested in epidemiologic research methods used to study the effects of psychological trauma.