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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Shirag Shemmassian, 2010

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Shirag Shemmassian is the child of immigrants from Lebanon and Syria

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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.

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Education
  • PhD Clinical Psychology | University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 2014
  • MA Psychology | University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 2010
  • BS Human Development | Cornell University 2008
Awards
  • National Register Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship (2015)
  • Young Scientist Award, Armenian Engineers & Scientists of America (2015)
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Cornell University (2007)
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCLA (2009-2010)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (2010-2013)
  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • Michael J. Goldstein Distinguished Dissertation Award Finalist, UCLA (2014)
  • Psychology Predoctoral Internship Clinical Excellence Award, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (2014)
Publications
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. (2014). Comparative validity of DSM-IV and alternative empirically derived approaches for the assessment of ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders. doi: 10.1177/1087054714522511
  • 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
Work History
  • Intricate Mind Institute, Licensed Clinical Psychologist | January 2016 - December 2017
  • Western Psychological Services (WPS), Project Director | January 2014
  • Crossroads Institute for Psychotherapy and Assessment, Licensed Clinical Psychologist | January 2014 - December 2016
  • Shemmassian Academic Consulting, Founder | January 2013