“Life is not about finding yourself,
it’s about creating yourself.”
- George Bernard Shaw
Please allow me to begin by thanking you for considering me as a member of your extended healthcare team. Since earning my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007, I have been fortunate to have worked with clientele of highly diverse backgrounds in multiple settings ranging from community mental health, college counseling centers, jail, obesity research center, and hospital setting.
In July, 2007, I relocated to Arizona after completing my PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and Clinical Internship at Temple University Hospital. I joined the faculty of Midwestern University, Glendale, and Argosy University, Phoenix Clinical Psychology doctoral programs. In 2007 I helped establish the Psychology clinic of the Midwestern University multidisciplinary clinic where I completed my postdoctoral residency in February of 2009. I’ve been licensed to practice independently since that time and in March of 2009, I was awarded the National Register of Health Services Providers Early Career Psychologist Scholarship. In 2015 I achieved status as the only Board Certified Psychologist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology in Arizona.
Since 2009, I’ve worked as Home-Based Primary Care Psychologist for the Phoenix VA Health Care System, serve elderly veteran’s with disabling/chronic conditions. I also maintain a part-time private practice, extending psychotherapy for mood-management, relationship/communication counseling, assertiveness/interpersonal skills training, and specialized behavioral weight management services for weight loss. Since 2016, I’ve served as the Arizona Early Career Ambassador for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and consultant to the ABPP Diversity Committee, helping to promote positive change around diversity and social justice matters. From 2009-2016, I served in multiple leadership positions for the Arizona Psychological Association, including Membership & Diversity Representative.
As an Iranian-American, I offer services in English & Farsi and highly value diversity education and diversity-sensitive care. From 2010-2017, I led the diversity seminar for Phoenix VA Psychology Trainees, and I continue to chair the VA Psychology Department Diversity Action Committee with the mission of broadening diversity sensitivity and awareness through education, consultation, training, and the promotion of an enhanced culture of inclusivity.
For more detailed information on my education and training background, I welcome you to review my CV10.
Since 2009, I’ve served in a number of volunteer capacities, including serving on the Professional Advisory Council for NotMyKid, leadership roles for the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) and Representative to AzPA Governing Council. In 2011 and 2013, I was selected to attend the APA State Leadership Conference in Washington, DC as Diversity Delegate from Arizona; in 2013, I was selected to attend the Preconference APA Leadership Workshop. Twice I was asked to serve as a standard-setting panelist for the Doctor-Patient Communication, Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism component for the COMLEX-USA Level 2-Performance Evaluation, the clinical skills examination component to the NBOME’s Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam in 2012. In 2014, I was awarded Diversity Award of the Year by AzPA, and in 2015 I was named Early Career Psychologist of the Year by the Arizona Psychological Foundation.
I am asked to lecture in multiple community and higher education settings annually on topics such as professionalism in healthcare and diversity. I have published a number of scholarly articles and serve as a peer reviewer for a number of journals in her dedication to honoring the integrity of scholastic work.
You’ll also often find me volunteering for various charity events in town and have contributed to various organizations including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, local Kidney Association, DOCARE International, NotMyKid, Welcome to America Project, and others. A portion of my proceeds as a Rodan + Fields Skincare Consultant are dedicated to support charities.
In 2008, I joined a multidisciplinary healthcare team on a medical mission to Guatemala as part of DOCARE International, Global Healthcare Nonprofit. There, we provided essential healthcare services to impoverished communities in Guatemala. In 2017, I was honored to be asked to join the board of DOCARE to help continue the organization’s mission to refine and expand services to communication in need across the world.
In 2017, I decided for fun and my own self-care to spread my wings to a totally off-the-wall new challenge. I realized a new way to help people from the outside in as a consultant for Rodan + Fields Skincare, amazing skincare. I’ve been excited by new and energizing relationships, and I’ve been humbled by motivating others in ways completely different from my day job yet equally fulfilling. It may seem strange but I’ve seen this products help people with their confidence, mood, and relationship, since how we feel about our skin is such a huge factor in how feel about ourselves and how we show up in our relationships, esp. in folks with acne. Feel free to take a look at the products and let me know if you have any questions. I donate a portion of skincare proceeds to various charity organizations so I would greatly appreciate your referrals. I don’t have specific dermatologic knowledge, but am happy to pass on what I know! www.4AnewYou.myrandf.com / www.4anewyou2.com.