I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and
a Board Certified expert in traumatic stress treatment.
I was born in Armenia where I received my BS in Engineering.
I received my MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from the Moscow
State University, the most prestigious university of the
former Soviet Union.
After the 1988 Armenian earthquake, I organized
the Children's Psychotherapy Center for treating emotional
and behavioral consequences of the psychological trauma
in young children.
After arriving to the United States in 1992,
I continued with my post-doctoral clinical training at Bradley
Hospital, RI, and as a Visiting Professor at Brown University
(1992-2004) studied Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children
and adolescents. I am an author of many articles and book
chapters, and presented the results of my research and practice
on major international conferences and workshops. After
the terrorist attack in New York on 9/11, I worked at the
Family Assistance Center for two weeks sharing my experience
of treating traumatized children. From 1992 to 2004, I worked
as a Child Clinical Psychologist at the Bradley Hospital
evaluating and treating children and adolescents.
Since 2004, I am in the private practice in
Providence, RI. I have an extensive clinical experience
of treating hundreds of children, focusing particularly
on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant
Disorder, Adjustment Disorders, and Reactive Attachment
Disorder, specializing in treatment of internationally adopted
I am fluent in Russian and Armenian and have
a first-hand experience with cross-cultural differences
between American parents and their children adopted internationally.