Dr. Sonkiss decided early in 2016 to add Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatry to his long list of impressive credentials. Among these include:
Past president, Alaska Psychiatric Association
Founding President, Alaska Society of Addiction Medicine
Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry
Board Certified in General Psychiatry
Board Certified in Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatry
Member of The American Academy of Psychiatry and The Law, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, The American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, and many other professional societies
When asked why ABAP certification interested him initially, he responded "I wanted to showcase the skills I'd developed working with adolescents and young adults with mental health and addiction disorders"
Dr. Sonkiss went on to say this to potential ABAP Diplomates: "There's a dramatic shortage of psychiatrists who specialize in adolescents and young adults. If this is your area, let people know! It gives patients more confidence and shows peers and employers you're worthy of respect."
Dr. Sonkiss's background and expertise in Forensic, Addiction, and Adolescent & Young Adult Psychiatry have been of great benefit to the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry, where he presently serves on the Board of Directors since 2020.