About Me

Elicia Nademin       “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, ranging in:
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Cultural/ethnic background
  • Relationship status
  • Ability/health status (able-bodied or disabled)
  • Career (Students, Early Career, Career Change, Retirement)
  • Presenting issues
  • Self-image/self-esteem
  • Age group (adolescents, adults, seniors)
  • Genders (Male, Female, Transgender, Intersexed)
  • Sexual Identity/Background

I have worked in diverse settings, including:

  • Multicultural community health clinics
  • College counseling centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Obesity Research and Education Centers

In July, 2007, I relocated to Arizona and 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. I remain among their panel of registered health providers.

For more detailed information on my education and training background, I welcome you to review my curriculum vitae/resume here.

What Have I Been Up to?

After completing clinical internship at Temple University Hospital and graduating with her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2007, Dr. Nademin moved to Arizona to serve on the faculty of Argosy and Midwestern University’s (MWU) Clinical Psychology doctoral programs from 2007-2010. Throughout school, she chose to gain exposure to diverse clients of highly varied sites, including detention facilities, bilingual community mental health care, sex offender groups, hospitals, etc. She completed postdoctoral training at the MWU multidisciplinary clinic, where she helped to establish the Psychology clinic. While there, she attended a mission trip in 2008, serving on a multidisciplinary team deployed to provide essential healthcare services to impoverished communities in Guatemala.

In 2009, Dr. Nademin became licensed to practice independently in Arizona and began work as Home-Based Primary Care Psychologist for the Phoenix VA Health Care System, where she continues to serve our nation’s veterans. Since then, she has also maintained a part-time private practice, where she extends psychotherapy for mood-management, relationship/communication counseling, assertiveness/interpersonal skills training, and specialized behavioral weight management services for weight loss. In her practice, she empowers clients to effect positive changes in their relationships with others, the environment, and themselves. In 2014, Dr. Nademin became one of the only board-certified Psychologists in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology in the state, and in 2016 she was asked to serve as the Arizona Early Career Ambassador for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and consultant to the ABPP Diversity Committee to assist in promoting positive change around diversity and social justice matters.

As an Iranian-American herself, Dr. Nademin offers services in English & Farsi, and since 2010 has led the year-long diversity seminar for psychology trainees at the Phoenix VA. Since 2010 she has also chaired the Psychology department diversity committee, which in 2016 was redesigned and renamed the Diversity Action Committee of the larger agency Phoenix VA Mental Health service with the mission of broadening diversity sensitivity and awareness through education, consultation, training, and the promotion of an enhanced culture of inclusivity.

Since 2009, Dr. Nademin has also served in a number of volunteer capacities, including serving on the Professional Advisory Council for NotMyKid, past Chair of the Diversity and Membership Committees of the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA), and past Membership and Diversity Representative to the AzPA Governing Council. In 2009, she was awarded an Early Career Psychologist Award from the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; in 2011 and 2013, she was selected to attend the APA State Leadership Conference in Washington, DC as Diversity Delegate from Arizona; in 2013, she was selected to attend the Preconference APA Leadership Workshop. She has been selected twice and served once 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, she was awarded Diversity Award of the Year from the Az Psychological Association, and in 2015 she was named Early Psychologist of the Year by the Arizona Psychological Foundation.

Dr. Nademin is currently asked to lecture in multiple community and higher education settings annually on such topics as professionalism in healthcare and diversity, and she makes it a point to include at least a brief overview of the diversity-related concepts such as microaggressions and privilege in each lecture to enhance diversity awareness. She also has a multitude of publications on various topic areas and serves as a peer reviewer for a number of scholarly journals in her dedication to honoring the integrity of scholastic work.

Targeted Weight Loss Services

In addition to the other services I provide, helping clients achieve healthy weight loss is my passion. In 2007, I completed my clinical internship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At Temple, I was fortunate to have completed focused training through the Temple University Hospital Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) in behavioral weight management services for weight loss and the conduct of psychological evaluation for bariatric and lung transplant candidates.

My Therapeutic Approach

My approach with clients is heavily cognitive-behavioral, collaborative, and interactive in nature. During our initial meeting, I thoroughly assess your unique situation, offer compassionate insights into how your patterns of thinking and behaving may be influencing your current situation and feelings, and I offer you effective tools that can help. Since no two people are completely alike, I individualize treatment with each client and utilize a variety of treatments, largely informed by cognitive-behavioral techniques and interpersonal therapy. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to reduce emotional distress, improve relationships and coping skills for managing difficulties, and to enrich your wisdom and skills to move through life a happier person. Many of private patients have happened to be doctoral level/professional students transitioning out of school and into the initial stage of their careers, so I have special expertise in helping to guide clients through this important and exciting phase of life.

While my training may suggest that I am rather specialized in my work with veterans and weight loss patients, I welcome clients with diverse treatment interests. Services include:

  • Relationship counseling
  • Depression/mood management
  • Anxiety management
  • Stress management
  • Career change/career satisfaction
  • Coping with medical illness/disability
  • Aging
  • Coping with significant life change
  • Communication strategies/interpersonal skills
  • Self-image/self-esteem

I value comprehensive treatment and, upon your consent, look forward to collaborating with other healthcare providers on your team, such as your primary care doctor.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

In August, 2014, I completed board certification in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology (ABCBP, now referred to as Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology based on heavy emphasis on effectiveness of behavioral techniques). Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology has been the greatest accomplishment of my career to date and serves as a testament to my commitment in helping clients achieve success thru self-empowerment & changing how they interact with the world around them. While my style can be eclectic (drawing from alternative types of treatment to best serve my clients), I primarily draw from a cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, in an often straight-forward approach that helps us to identify thoughts (a.k.a. cognitions) and behaviors that may trigger uncomfortable feelings/behaviors/outcomes. Through bringing your awareness to thoughts/behaviors that can be problematic, we begin to break self-defeating cycles in your life, reducing negative behaviors and the feelings that often follow.

Asking for help takes courage and faith in yourself and the person you choose to work with. Our treatment sessions serve as catalysts for positive change in your life; together we will define specific problems and identify adaptive avenues for resolution. We will cultivate assertiveness while implementing strategies for self-empowerment, communication, and self-advocacy.

Time in treatment varies depending on your needs, how often we meet, and our goals for treatment. CBT is shown to be generally more effective sooner than other types of therapy in demonstrating positive change maintained over time.

Diversity Matters: You are unique!

I recognize and value your diversity and am a recognized leader in diversity in Arizona. Please see above for specific background in diversity sensitivity, awareness, training, and education.

If at any time it seems that a client may benefit greater from treatment elsewhere, I will do my best to help you to identify a more suitable provider. If warranted, I may also assist in locating other professionals who may compliment and optimize the work we do together based on the issues we are working on, such as:

  • Primary Care Provider (For a fabulous team of primary care providers, please start by contacting the exceptional multidisciplinary team at Midwestern University Clinic, Glendale, Az: 623-537-6000; http://www.mwuclinic.com/az/). Please do not hesitate to contact me for specific referrals by name.
    Sleep Disorder Specialist/Sleep Clinic
  • Psychiatrist
  • Neurologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer

 Beyond Limits:
‘Nothing Happens Until Something Moves, So Let’s Get ‘Movin!’

Community Service

In addition to the work I do with the Arizona Psychological Association (Past Diversity Representative, Membership Representative to Governing Council, multiple committee involvement), since 2009 I have also served on the Professional Advisory Council of NotMyKid, an organization that prepares kids to face everyday challenges with courage and confidence. Through unique education models of peer-to-peer education, NotMyKid addresses the life-changing issues of substance abuse, bullying, unhealthy relationships, eating disorders, depression/self injury, and internet safety.

What do I Do for Fun?

Believe it or not, serving as a consultant for Rodan & Fields Skincare has been a blast! I’ve met so many incredible men & women through my involvement as a consultant. I’ve challenged myself personally & professionally, 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. I couldn’t be more thrilled by the diversified aspects of my life! If you’re interested in skincare (anti-aging, anti-acne, products for sensitive skin, eyelash enhancements, sunscreens, lotions, after-shave, etc.), feel free to browse my other pages or refer others: www.4AnewYou.myrandf.com / www.facebook.com/4AnewYou. 

Excerpt from publications (full list included in Curriculum Vita above)

Martin, J.S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Englert, D., Bakalar, J.L., Olsen, C., Nademin, E., Jobes, D., & Branlund, S. (2013). Marital status, life stressor precipitants, and communications of distress and suicide intent in a sample of United States Air Force suicide decedents. Archives of Suicide Cox, D.

W., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Greene, F. N., Bakalar, J. L., Schendel, C. L., Nademin, M. E., Jobes, D., Englert, D., & Kindt, M. (2011). Suicide in the United States Air Force: Risk factors communicated before and at death. Journal of Affective Disorders, 133, 398-405.

Grammer, J., Carreno-Ponce, J., Pavletic, N., Zuercher, J., Perera, K., Brazaitis, K., Nademin, M., Englert, D., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2012, April). The relationship among hopelessness, thwarted belongingness, and perceived burdensomeness in a sample of United States Air Force suicide decedents. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, Baltimore, MD.

Martin, J. S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Nademin, M., Olsen, C., Branlund, S., Englert, D., & Jobes, D. (2010, April). Suicide in the United States Air Force: Relationship among marital status, life stressors and communication of distress. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, Orlando, FL.

Martin, J. S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Nademin, M., Olsen, C., Branlund, S., Englert, D., et al. (2010, April). Suicide in the United States Air Force: Relationship among marital status, life stressors and communication of distress. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, Orlando, FL.

Nademin, M. E., Napolitano, M. A., Xanthopoulos, M. S., Lloyd-Richardson, E. E., Fava, J., & Marcus, B. (2010). Smoking cessation in college-aged women: A qualitative analysis of factors important to this population. Addiction Research and Theory, 18(6).

Nademin, M. E., Jobes, D. A., Wechsler, F. S., Virden, T. E., & Downing, V. E. (Under Review). Reasons for Living among college students: A comparison between suicidal and non-suicidal samples.

Belanger, S. B., Wechsler, F. S., Nademin, M. E., & Virden, T. E. (2009). Predicting outcome of gastric bypass surgery utilizing personality scale elevations, psychosocial factors, and diagnostic group membership. Obesity Surgery, 20(10), 1361-1371: Doi:10.1007/s11695-009-9866-y.

Tomak, S., Wechsler, F. S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Virden, T., & Nademin, M. E. (2009). An Empirical study of the personality characteristics of internet sex offenders. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 15(2), 139-148.

Nademin, M. E., Jobes, D. A., Pflanz, S. E., Jacoby, A. M., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Campise, R., Joiner, T. Wagner, B. M., & Johnson, L. (2008). An investigation of interpersonal-psychological variables in Air Force suicides: A controlled-comparison study. Archives of Suicide Research, 12, 309-326.

Nademin, M. E., & Pondell, N. A. (2007). Introduction to associations and regulatory boards. In Lewis, D., Wechsler, F., Sideman, L., & Clemente, L., (Eds). The Arizona sourcebook: Ethics and law for Arizona psychologists. Woodstock Academic Press & Interactive Web Project (http//:www.azpsychologist.com).

Nademin, M. E., Xanthopoulos, M. S., & Napolitano, M. A. (2007, Spring). Smoking cessation in college-aged women: What factors are important to this population? Temple University College of Health Professions Research Symposium.