Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University

Master's degree in Education

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wichita State University

Sonja Bethune

Sonja Bethune, PhD

Division of General Education


Dr. Sonja Bethune is part of the core faculty in the Humanities & Science department that is part of the Division of General Education at Ashford University. She earned a BA degree in Psychology and holds a Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. She also earned a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology and is currently a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has over 15 years of experience as a supervisor, trainer, director, educator, and therapist at various psychiatric hospitals, schools, and clinics in Southern California. She also has six years of experience teaching college courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the area of psychology. The courses she has most enjoyed teaching over the years is Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology, and she has a keen interest in Forensic Psychology. Her doctoral dissertation, titled “When Sex Becomes Destructive,” focused on sexual disorders and other related issues such as the prevalence of sex addiction in the US. Her dissertation was presented at the California Psychological Association Annual Conference in 2001.