Years at AGBU MDS: 1st year
Psy.D. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, 2016
Doctoral Dissertation: "The Effects of Caregiver Support, Outreach, and Intervention on the Well-being, Health and Quality of Life for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
M.A. Masters in Clinical Psychology, American School of Professional Psychology, 2011
B.A. Bachelors in Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California Irvine, 2009
My academic, clinical and professional background has been a continual preparation for this moment. Throughout my undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies I have remained interested in and have consistently chosen to work with populations serving children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of contexts and environments. As an undergraduate I worked with a research team at BIRN at the University of California Irvine, where I first was introduced to the science of psychology. This initial experience emphasized for me the passion I felt for testing, research and assessment, as well as the human process. I continued on to do an internship at the Drake Institute where I was I was trained in biofeedback with children, adolescents, teens and adults with attention, and learning difficulties. These experiences led me on to pursue a masters degree in clinical psychology following my undergraduate studies. As I moved onto my graduate program I was placed on a practicum rotation where I was trained within a private school setting and provided educationally related mental health services to children in grades K-8. My graduate school experiences sparked in me both courage and curiosity which led me to pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.
As a doctoral trainee my first practicum experience as a school counselor continued to further reinforce my interest in working within the school system as I provided services to individual students K-8, their educators and families. During the second year of my doctoral training I had a practicum placement with a private agency servicing children who present along the spectrum and their families where I provided in home and school services while being trained in the administration scoring and interpretation of a variety of testing and assessment measures. These experiences combined led me to this past year where I was awarded an APA Accredited pre-doctoral internship with the West Hawaii Department of Education as their special education departments clinical psychology intern. In this position I worked with a diverse set of children grades pre-k through high school, with their educators and their families providing behavioral intervention, psychological assessment, treatment planning and consultation.
Outside of school through my work as a behavioral therapist and program manager I have gained six years of experience working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds. I have had the opportunity to conduct psychological testing, assessments, report writing, program development, monitoring and implementation while working as part of a collaborative team providing mental health services across a variety of settings. Within the field I have been appointed the position of program supervisor and have learned the skills necessary to train staff and consult with families while balancing a large case load and writing integrative clinical reports. In addition to my clinical experience I have also gained experience within academia where I have served and continue to serve as adjunct faculty to Glendale Community College's Social Sciences division where I teach courses in psychology.
Everyday my passion for working with children, adolescents and families continues to grow. I believe that taking a multidisciplinary approach is key in order to help children thrive and reach their highest potential. The opportunity to work with children and their families throughout their development has been such a wonderful and rewarding experience. These experiences combined have led me to my current position where I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with A.G.B.U Manoogian-Demirdjian School, it's students, educators and families. I look forward to meeting you all and to a wonderful year ahead!
Dr. Armash Derzakarian Psy.D., M.A.