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Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences
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Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802) 656-1107
Specialty:HIV/AIDS, resilience, chronic and acute stressors, social justice issues, life transition issues, adjustment and mood disorders, forensic, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment, psychology.
Biography:Sondra Solomon is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine. She is a clinical psychologist. Dr. Solomon is Principal Investigator of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded project "Rural Ecology and Coping with HIV Stigma. This project is testing a model of how the social and physical characteristics of rural communities shape the perceived and experienced stigma of individuals with HIV/AIDS, how individuals cope with HIV/AIDS related stigma and the psychological symptoms and health behaviors of individuals with HIV/AIDS. Since 1998, Dr. Solomon has coordinated the Department of Psychology's Fall Institute on Racism, Heterosexism, Bias and Oppression. This bi-annual event is constructed as a series of colloquia, workshops, lectures and films that are designed to highlight the harmful effects of bias, hate, oppression in all of its forms in various settings. The Fall Institute is designed to engage the UVM and greater Vermont community in discussion and action to challenge prejudice, biased behavior, discrimination and hate. Along with Esther Rothblum, Ph.D., Dr. Solomon conducted the first study of adults joined in Civil Unions in the state of Vermont and has worked with Dr. Rothblum on studies of same sex marriages in Massachusetts and domestic partnerships in California. Dr. Solomon's clinical interests focus on the resilience of individuals coping with chronic and acute life challenges (e.g., HIV/AIDS, chronic illness, mood disorders, life transition issues, & relationship issues etc.).