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Sarah E. Nunnink, PhD
 
Center for Emotional Change


I'm a licensed psychologist (PSY 21661) who strives to make a real transformative change in the lives of the people I work with
 
I offer a pathway to self-awareness, transparency & genuinenss through experiential and emotion guided therapy

 
Publications
Additional Qualifications
Trainer & Nationally Recognized Subject Matter Expert at PsychArmor , a nonprofit organization helping military members and their families
 
Watch my free webinar course entitled "Intimacy and Emotional Disconnect in the Military" 
 

Previously Held Positions
  • Associate Clinical Professor, UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
  • VA San Diego Healthcare, Staff Psychologist
  • Co-Director for the General Mental Health Team La Jolla
  • Faculty for the VA San Diego Postdoctoral Fellowship
    • Track director: LGBT Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Faculty for the VA San Diego Predoctoral Internship Program
  • Practicum Supervisor for:
    • USD MFT program 
    • UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program
  • Member of the VA National Transgender Education Workgroup
  • Member of the VA San Diego LGBT Workgroup
  • Research Psychologist: PTSD and Stress Related Disorders Research Laboratory
  • Lead faculty/coordinator of the Human Sexuality Postdoctoral Seminar

Journal Reviewer for:
Ad Hoc Reviewer: Journal of Traumatic Stress   
Ad Hoc Reviewer: Women and Health
Ad Hoc Reviewer: Violence and Victims                   
Ad Hoc Reviewer: Journal of Trauma/Dissociation
Ad Hoc Reviewer: Addictive Behaviors                    
Ad Hoc Reviewer: LGBT Health
Ad Hoc Reviewer: Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes
                

 


Published Book Chapters
 

Allard, C., Nunnink, S., Gregory, A., Klest, B. & Platt, M. (2012). Military Sexual Trauma Research: A Review and Proposed Agenda. In Allard & Platt (Eds.) Military Sexual Trauma: Current Knowledge and Future Directions. Taylor & Francis: New York, NY.
 
 
Presentations and Guest Speaking Events
 
Nunnink, S. (February, 2015).   The impact of emotional restriction on sexual and general relational intimacy: Relevancy to military populations.  Invited lecture presented at the University of Southern California’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR).  Conference entitled, “The Other Invisible Wounds: Sex and the Military.”  Los Angeles, CA.
 
Juan, M. J. D., Butler, E., Nunnink, S., McCulloch, R. C., Vergara, G., & Allard, C. B. (2015,November). Gender role stress among Veteran survivors of sexual trauma. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, LA.
 
Juan, M. J. D., Butler, E., Nunnink, S., McCulloch, R. C., Vergara, G., & Allard, C. B. (2015, August). Traditional gender roles and sexual trauma among Veterans. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse, & Trauma, San Diego, CA.
 
Butler, E., Nunnink, S., McCulloch, C., & Allard, C. (November 2014). Exploring
revictimization among veterans with a history of childhood abuse and military sexual trauma. Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: 30th Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.
 
Butler, E., Nunnink, S., McCulloch, C., & Allard, C. (November 2014). Exploring treatment utilization and outcomes among heterosexual and lesbian/gay/bisexual (LGB) veteran survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies: 30th Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.
 
Butler, E., Nunnink, S., McCulloch, C., Gregory, A., Tirabassi, C., & Allard, C. B.  
(2013, September). Service Utilization and Treatment Outcomes for Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma: Implications for Clinical Practice. Paper presentation at the 18th International Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma, San Diego, CA.
 
Butler, E., Nunnink, S., McCulloch, C., Gregory, A., Tirabassi, C., & Allard, C. B.  
(2013,March). Service Utilization and Treatment Outcomes for Women Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma (MST).   Poster presented at Women’s Health 2013: The 21st Annual Congress, Washington, DC.
 
Benuto, L., Meana, M., & Nunnink, S., (2006, March).  Cultural Differences in the Content of Cognitive Distraction During Sex.  Paper presentation at the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR conferenc) Philadelphia, PA.
 
Nunnink, S. & Meana, M. (2005, February).   Remembering the Pain: Psychosocial Factors
Related to Endometriotic Pain and Its Recall.  Poster presentation at the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology (NASPOG), San Diego, CA.
 
Nunnink, S. (2003, May).   Predictors of Appearance and Performance Cognitive Interference with Sexual Arousal.  Poster  presentation at the Nevada State Psychological Association (NSPA) annual conference, Las Vegas, NV.
 
Nunnink, S. (2003, March).   Gender Differences in Cognitive Interference with Sexual Arousal.  Paper presentation at the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) conference, Miami, Florida.
 
Meana, M., Forrest, T. & Nunnink, S. (2001, February).   Perceived Etiology of Dyspareunia in  College Women.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology (NASPOG), Waikoloa, Hawaii.

 

 
 
Selected Scholarly Journal Articles/Research:
 
Nunnink, S., Goldwaser, G., Afari, N., Nievergelt, C., & Baker, D. (2010). The Role of Emotional Numbing in Sexual Dysfunction among Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Military Medicine, 175(6), 424-428.
 
Nunnink, S., Fink, D., Baker, D. (2012). The Impact of Sexual Functioning Problems on Mental Wellbeing in U.S. Veterans from the Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Conflicts. International Journal of Sexual Health, 24(1), 14-25.
 
Nunnink, S., Goldwaser, G., Heppner, P., Pittman, J., Nievergelt, C. & Baker, D. (2010). F emale Veterans of the OEF/OIF Conflict: Concordance of PTSD Symptoms and Substance Misuse. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 655-659.
 
Aversa, L.H., Lemmer, J., Nunnink, S., McLay, R., & Baker, D.G. (2014). I mpact of childhood maltreatment on physical health-related quality of life in U.S. active duty military personnel and combat veterans. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 1382-1388.
 
Nunnink, S. & Meana, M. (2007). Remembering the pain:Accuracy of pain recall in endometriosis.  Journal of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, 28(4), 201-208.
 
Meana, M. & Nunnink, S. (2006).   Gender differences in the content of cognitive distraction  during sex.  Journal of Sex Research, 43(1), 59-67.

Angkaw, A. C., Haller, M., Pittman, J. O. E., Nunnink, S. E., Norman, S. B., Lemmer, J.
A., McLay, R. N., & Baker, D. G. (2015).  Alcohol-related consequences mediating PTSD symptoms and mental health related quality of life in OEF/OIF combat veterans.  Military Medicine, 180,(6), 670-675.