Sonia Pawluczyk, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences (Part-Time)

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Dr. Pawluczyk was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After receiving her MD diploma at the Medical School of the University of Buenos Aires, she completed the “Curso Superior de Psiquiatria” at Hospital Borda. She moved to Los Angeles and entered the residency training in Psychiatry at LAC+USC. She did a fellowship in Psychiatry and the Law and in Geriatric Psychiatry. She then joined the Department of Psychiatry and has been part of the Geriatric Studies Center since 1991. Dr. Pawluczyk practices at the Memory and Aging Center at USC and she is also a consultant at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Dr. Pawluczyk is fluent in Spanish.


  • Safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of allopregnanolone as a regenerative therapeutic for Alzheimer’s disease: A single and multiple ascending dose phase 1b/2a clinical trial Alzheimers Dement (N Y). 2020; 6(1):e12107. . View in PubMed
  • Safety and feasibility of estrogen receptor-ß targeted phytoSERM formulation for menopausal symptoms: phase 1b/2a randomized clinical trial Menopause. 2019 08; 26(8):874-884. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of Medicare Claims Data as a Tool to Identify Dementia J Alzheimers Dis. 2019; 67(2):769-778. . View in PubMed
  • Heterogeneity of Treatment Response to Citalopram for Patients With Alzheimer’s Disease With Aggression or Agitation: The CitAD Randomized Clinical Trial Am J Psychiatry. 2016 May 01; 173(5):465-72. . View in PubMed
  • Association of common genetic variants in GPCPD1 with scaling of visual cortical surface area in humans Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Mar 06; 109(10):3985-90. . View in PubMed
  • Spanish instrument protocol: new treatment efficacy instruments for Spanish-speaking patients in Alzheimer disease clinical trials Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2006 Oct-Dec; 20(4):232-41. . View in PubMed
  • A pilot randomized trial of carbamazepine for behavioral symptoms in treatment-resistant outpatients with Alzheimer disease Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2001; 9(4):400-5. . View in PubMed
  • The Spanish Instrument Protocol: design and implementation of a study to evaluate treatment efficacy Instruments for Spanish-speaking patients with Alzheimer’s diseaseThe Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 1997; 11 Suppl 2:S57-64. . View in PubMed
  • A double-blind crossover pilot study of l-deprenyl (selegiline) combined with cholinesterase inhibitor in Alzheimer’s disease Am J Psychiatry. 1993 Feb; 150(2):321-3. . View in PubMed
  • Topographic quantitative EEG amplitude in recovered alcoholics Psychiatry Res. 1992 May; 45(1):25-32. . View in PubMed
  • Psychopharmacol Bull. 1991; 27(3):309-14. . View in PubMed
  • Seizures following triazolam withdrawal despite benzodiazepine treatment J Clin Psychiatry. 1987 Oct; 48(10):418-9. . View in PubMed