Dr. Jo Sornborger, PsyD
Executive Director, Operation Mend, UCLA Health
Dr. Sornborger is Executive Director of UCLA’s Operation Mend and co-creator and Clinical Director of the UCLA Operation Mend PTSD and TBI Intensive Treatment Program. Under Dr. Sornborger’s direction, Operation Mend provides family-centered psychological health care to wounded warriors and families undergoing consultation and treatment at UCLA for both the visible and invisible wounds of war. Dr. Sornborger oversees the family care management team of social workers and patient cases across the program’s specialty areas, including advanced diagnostics for TBI. She also manages the team of clinicians who deliver care through the Intensive Treatment Programs for PTSD, TBI, and PTSD/Substance Use Disorders. Operation Mend is proud that its Intensive Treatment Program is a member of the Wounded Warrior Project’s Warrior Care Network.
Dr. Sornborger has expertise in the development and adaptation of classroom and technology-based trauma-focused curricula and training programs. She served as project developer for Psychological First Aid for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and National Center for PTSD, a highly interactive, customized six-hour web-based training course to introduce relief workers and other professionals to the concepts of psychological first aid. Dr. Sornborger served in a supervisory capacity for FOCUS Project Resiliency Trainers, as well as Project Director of a randomized control trial under the UCLA Welcome Back Veterans initiative. She has provided professional training and consultation to national, state, and local agencies on psychological first aid and on issues related to pre-disaster preparedness and post-disaster interventions.