Sunny Dutra Sunny Dutra, PhD

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  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Department
  • Associate Director, Center for Psychological Science


  • PhD, Yale University
  • MPhil, Yale University
  • MS, Yale University
  • BA, UC Santa Barbara


  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior

Research and Practice Interests

  • Mechanisms underlying mood and trauma-related psychopathology
  • Positive Emotion and Reward
  • Evidence-based therapies for mood, trauma-related, and personality disorders


  • 2016-2018 T32 Fellowship in Stress and Trauma, Boston University/VA Boston Healthcare System
  • 2016 Smadar Levin Award for Best Poster, Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP)
  • 2014 Best Poster Award, Society for Affective Science
  • 2013 American Psychological Foundation Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Scholarship 
  • 2013 Travel Award, Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP) 
  • 2013 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research 
  • 2012 UCLA Advanced Neuroimaging Training Program (NITP) – Summer Program Fellowship
  • 2012 Yale Graduate Student Assembly Conference Travel Fund (CTF) Fellowship 
  • 2010 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Student Travel Award 
  • 2010-2013 MRI Research Training Fellowship, Yale University Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

Publications and Presentations

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • 2016-2018 Fellowship in Stress and Trauma, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • 2015-2016 Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship, VA Boston Healthcare System