Neuropsychology Dementia and Multicultural Research Laboratory
Carolyn R. Pagán
Washington State University
Carolyn R. Pagán is attending Washington State University for their Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program. She is working as a Research Assistant in a neuropsychology lab. Her research will be focusing on the older adult population on the use of technology to assess functional abilities and technology use as an intervention method for memory decline.
Carolyn was the Research Coordinator for the Psychology Department at CSUN. She obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida (UCF).
Her previous experience working as a neuropsychometrist with patients who had dementia piqued her interest in neuropsychological research. Carolyn truly has a passion for the field of psychology and her long term goals are to obtain a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.
J. Brandon Birath
University of California, Los Angeles
J. Brandon Birath worked in Dr. Razani's lab from September 2005 to December 2006. He graduated with his Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. His neuropsychology-focused internship was completed in the Charleston Consortium Internship Program (comprised of the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center) in Charleston, SC. He completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is currently Chief of Psychology and Neuropsychology as well as Director of Neuropsychology Training at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. His current faculty title is Health Sciences Clinical Instructor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (although starting in July his title will be Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor). He also works in private practice in Pasadena.
Dr. George Ghariban
University of Memphis
Dr. George Gharibian started his first psychology research study under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Razani in California State University, Northridge (CSUN), in 2004. He continued his research collaboration and training with Dr. Razani until he graduated from CSUN in 2009. From these research studies, they presented in multiple national and international psychology conferences.
Currently, Dr. Gharibian is a licensed psychologist in the state of California. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Memphis in Counseling Psychology, in 2014, and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from CSUN. He has completed a doctoral internship in Jefferson County Internship Consortium, in Kentucky. He has postdoctoral training in multiculturalism and community mental health centers.
Dr. Gharibian has been providing therapy since 2007 and has a wide variety of expertise with individual or family clients with issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, Addictive Behaviors, Grief, and Family Conflicts. He speaks and can provide therapy in English, Armenian and Persian.
Dr. Gharibian has also been a researcher and a faculty member in the Alliant International University, at the Los Angeles Campus as well as faculty member in Glendale
University of New Mexico
Justina Avila, M.A., is a third year doctoral student at the University of New Mexico’s Clinical Psychology program. Her research interests include examining socio-cultural influences on neuropsychological test performance in understudied minority groups. Justina is currently working at the UNMH Center for Neuropsychological Services in Albuquerque, NM and she is committed to delivering culturally valid assessments and techniques to diverse populations. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from CSU Northridge, where she studied the effects of acculturation on neuropsychological test performance in ethnically diverse individuals.
University of Michigan
Carina Castellanos is currently a first year doctoral student at the University of Michigan’s Neuroscience Graduate Program. Her research interests include utilizing both molecular and behavioral techniques to study neurodegenerative diseases. She is doing laboratory rotations in both Dr. Henry Paulson's lab, which primarily studies genetic neurodegenerative diseases including Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 3 (SCA3) as well as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and in Dr. Andy Lieberman's lab, which focuses on more rare inherited neurodegenerative diseases including Kennedy's disease and Niemann-Pick C disease. She previously participated in the University of Michigan’s Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) for one year following graduation from CSU Northridge with a B.A. in Psychology.
University of California, Los Angeles
Jasmin Alostaz graduated from California State University, Northridge in Fall 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She is currently working as a Behavioral Therapist and is volunteering in a Neuroscience research lab at UCLA.
Her research interests focus on children and adolescents with autism and their families. She is also interested in administering neuropsychological tests to further understand how deficits take a toll on the human brain.
Jasmin wants to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
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Grace Castillo graduated from California State University, Northridge Spring 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. Grace has been in Dr. Razani’s Neuropsychology Dementia and Multicultural Research Lab for about two years. She will be applying to Clinical Psychology Ph.D. programs this fall 2016.
She is currently studying for the GRE and working for Center for Neuro Skills as a Neuro-Rehabilitation Specialist working with individuals who have suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Her future thesis research interests will focus on cognitive deficits in older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
She plans to pursue a Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology.