Sandra Soenning, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is a licensed psychologist with expertise in psychological assessments. She has particular interest in making the psychological assessment process more collaborative to help adolescent patients and their families gain a clearer understanding of their struggles and strengths as well as providing a path forward. Dr. Soenning has experience doing individual and group therapy with children, adolescents and adults. Choosing her therapeutic approach based on client needs, she has advanced training in mentalization-based treatment (MBT). She also integrates techniques from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with self-compassion in therapy.

In addition, she has extensive training and experience with personality assessment measures, including objective personality measures such as Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory and Personality Assessment Inventory. She also has expertise utilizing projective measures, including the Adolescent Apperception Test and Rorschach Performance Assessment System or R-PAS. Dr. Soenning enjoys mentoring psychology interns and sharing her expertise in psychological testing and assessment.


Doctoral Degree
Psychology, Texas Tech University
Menninger Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety/OCD
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Collaborative Assessment
  • Depression
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Trauma