Stephen Sonnenberg was educated at Princeton University, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where he earned his medical degree and also received his training in psychiatry, The University of Wisconsin, where he was an intern in the Department of Internal Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health, where he was trained as a researcher, and The Baltimore-DC Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, in Dallas, Texas, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. At The University of Texas at Austin he is Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture, Faculty of the Human Dimensions of Organizations Program, Fellow-in-Residence at the Humanities Institute, and Director of the Veterans Community Park and Pavilion Project. He is also Faculty Fellow of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and Affiliate Faculty of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, both of which are sponsors of the Veterans Community Park and Pavilion Project, along with the School of Architecture and the Humanities Institute. At the Rapoport Center he is on the Health and Human Rights Working Group and co-chairs the Violence, Trauma, and Human Rights Working Group. That Working Group's research agenda reflects the curriculum he and Professor Karen Engle developed for a Law School Reading Group, which they taught during the fall semester, 2012. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor in Plan II and the School of Law. In January, 2014, Dr. Sonnenberg received the Distinguished Service Award of The American Psychoanalytic Association for service to psychoanalysis and his lasting contributions to the field.
Dr. Sonnenberg serves on numerous editorial boards and peer review panels of leading journals in the fields of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, has contributed scholarly articles to the leading journals in those fields, is the co-author of a textbook Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, (American Psychiatric Press, 1991, 1998, 2004), which has been translated into Russian, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Persian, and Japanese, and the co-author of chapters in important textbooks of psychiatry. He is the co-editor of The Trauma of War: Stress and Recovery in Vietnam Veterans (American Psychiatric Press, 1985). Early in 2013 his co-edited book, CENTER 17: Space & Psyche, was published by the Center for American Architecture and Design, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. It has received two awards, the Bronze Medal for Architecture in the 2014 Independent Publisher IPPY Book Awards Competition and second place in the Publications Division of the American Institute of Graphic Arts Texas Show.
His research interests focus on the points of intersection between psychoanalysis and other areas of scholarly inquiry. His subjects of study include war, violence, national security, law, decision-making, architecture and design, psychic trauma and post traumatic psychological disorders, addiction and the treatment of addiction, education and effective teaching methods, medical humanities, and health and human rights. He directs the Veterans Community Park and Pavilion Project, with the goal of designing a public space where veterans, their families, and members of the non-veteran community can come together to detoxify post-combat war trauma.