The Vice Chair

Sonya K. Sobrian, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Sobrian is a graduate of St. John’s University in NYC (BS and MA), and of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario Canada (Ph.D.). She joined the faculty of the Howard University College of Medicine in 1977 after completing a post doc at Princeton University. As a developmental psychopharmacologist with degrees in both Pharmacology and Psychology, Dr. Sobrian has lectured not only in the Health Sciences but also in the Department of Psychology. Her focus is on drugs that affect the central nervous system, and the changes that occur in pharmacological parameters across the life-span. In addition she has also taught as graduate course in Biostatistics.
The major focus of her research involves the behavioral, immunological and neurotoxicological consequences of prenatal and neonatal drug exposure, especially drugs of abuse, and stress-induced alterations in behavioral and immunological development, work that she continued as a Fulbright Scholar at the Immunological Research Institute in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. As a visiting scientist at the National Center for Toxicological Research, in Arkansas, Dr. Sobrian was instrumental in establishing a prenatal model of cocaine toxicity. During her tenure as an AAAS Congressional Science and Technology Fellow, her scientific expertise was utilized to inform legislation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, aging, and NIH research funding.
During her tenure at Howard University, Dr. Sobrian has successfully mentored medical, graduate and undergraduate students. She has served as chair of her departmental APT committee, and has been a member of the Faculty Senate Council since 2010, and served on several Senate Committees. In 2013 she became chair of the Faculty Grievance Commission, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate.

 


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Sonya K. Sobrian, Ph.D.