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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Shirag Shemmassian, 2010

Founder, Shemmassian Academic Consulting

Shirag Shemmassian is the child of immigrants from Lebanon

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Clinical Psychology at UCLA

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Shirag Shemmassian completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA.

Living with Tourette Syndrome, Shirag has focused his work experience and scholarship on the pathophysiology of childhood behavioral disorders, including ADHD, anxiety, and tic disorders. He currently develops tests used to help diagnose various mental health conditions.

In addition, Shirag is an expert on college, medical school, and graduate school admissions.

  • PhD Clinical Psychology | UCLA 2014
  • MA Psychology | UCLA 2010
  • BS Human Development | Cornell University 2008
  • National Register Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship (2015)
  • Young Scientist Award, Armenian Engineers & Scientists of America (2015)
  • Psychology Predoctoral Internship Clinical Excellence Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (2014)
  • Michael J. Goldstein Distinguished Dissertation Award Finalist, UCLA (2014)
  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (2010-2013)
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCLA (2009-2010)
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Cornell University (2007)
  • Shemmassian, S. K., & Lee, S. S. (2015). Predictive utility of four methods of incorporating parent and teacher symptom ratings of ADHD for longitudinal outcomes. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2014.971457
  • Shemmassian, S. K., & Lee, S. S. (2014). Comparative validity of DSM-IV and alternative empirically derived approaches for the assessment of ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders. doi: 10.1177/1087054714522511
  • Zheng, Z., Shemmassian, S., Wijekoon, C., Kim, W., Bookheimer, S. Y., & Pouratian, N. (2014). DTI correlates of distinct cognitive impairments in Parkinson’s disease. Human Brain Mapping, 35(4), 1325-1333. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22256
  • Shemmassian, S. K., & Lee, S. S. (2012). Comparing four methods of integrating parent and teacher symptom ratings of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 34(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s10862-011-9262-5
  • Piggot, J., Shirinyan, D., Shemmassian, S., Vazirian, S., & Alarcón, M. (2009). Neural systems approaches to the neurogenetics of autism spectrum disorder. Neuroscience, 164, 247-256. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2009.05.054
Work History
  • Shemmassian Academic Consulting, Founder | 2013 - Present
  • Western Psychological Services (WPS), Project Director | 2014 - Present
  • Intricate Mind Institute, Licensed Clinical Psychologist | 2016 - 2017
  • Crossroads Institute for Psychotherapy and Assessment, Licensed Clinical Psychologist | 2014 - 2016