Dr. Mangassarian is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California (PSY 30847) and New Mexico (PSY 1515), and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) through the Brain Injury Association of America’s (BIAA) Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). With over a decade of experience as a clinical and forensic neuropsychologist, Dr. Mangassarian has extensive experience evaluating traumatic brain injuries (TBI), neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and neurological diseases, in adult, geriatric, and juvenile populations. She is regularly consulted for her expertise in forensic and clinical cases, and advises writers, filmmakers, and actors in creating and portraying stories and characters that accurately reflect mental health diagnoses and treatment.
Dr. Mangassarian is retained as an expert witness for civil and criminal legal cases by both applicant and defense attorneys for her impartial, evidence-based, culturally competent evaluations. Her expertise in the Med-Legal arena include neuropsychological evaluations for TBIs, conservatorship/capacity, fitness for duty, wrongful termination/discrimination, and disability. Regarding criminal forensic neuropsychological evaluations, she is often retained to assess for competency to stand trial, mental health diversion treatment, amenability to treatment, risk assessment, specific intent, and insanity referrals. Dr. Mangassarian is sensitive to cross-cultural and cross-linguistic considerations in the neuropsychological evaluation process and is able to provide clinical services in English and Armenian, when appropriate.
Dr. Mangassarian earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). She also upholds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. Prior to her doctoral level education, Dr. Mangassarian earned an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System where she provided extensive neuropsychological testing, cognitive remediation group treatment, and behavioral medicine consultations to Veterans and their loved ones. Following her APA internship, Dr. Mangassarian completed a two-year clinical and forensic neuropsychological fellowship at the Neuropsychological Services of New Mexico, in conjunction with the University of New Mexico and Raymond G. Murphey VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. This fellowship followed training guidelines set forth by the INS-APA Division 40 Task Force of Education, Accreditation and Credentialing, the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology, and the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Her prior pre-doctoral clinical training includes neuropsychology appointments at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA and LA Valley College Services for Students with Disabilities, Huntington Hospital Department of Epilepsy and Brain Mapping, and the Children, Youth, and Family Services Consortium.
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