Haleh Kouchmeski, M.A. Doctoral Psychology Trainee
Haleh Kouchmeshki is currently working toward her Psy.D in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Haleh completed her undergraduate training at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.A. Degree in psychology and a minor in Anthropology. She then earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Prior to entering her doctoral program, Haleh worked as a lead behavior therapist, conducting one-on-one behavioral therapy for children diagnosed with a variety of disorders including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and intellectual disability. Since high school, Haleh has also worked as a tutor, working with ethnically and culturally diverse children and adolescents of all ages. This unique and gratifying experience introduced Haleh to her passion of working with children and their families to better facilitate their learning and academic endeavors. From here, she decided to continue her academic journey and equip herself with the knowledge and tools to better serve the diverse population that exists within Los Angeles. Her commitment and dedication to children and adolescents inspired her to pursue a practicum-training site at a kindergarten thru eighth grade school, where she worked as a school counselor, providing counseling to children dealing with emotional, interpersonal, and behavioral issues. Haleh has also become a certified educational rights holder, through the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, providing her the opportunity to advocate for underprivileged children's educational rights. Working in an academic setting exposed Haleh to her niche, the field of neuropsychology. She is currently completing a year of externship training at the Mary S. Easton Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at UCLA, providing neuropsychological assessment to adults and older adults with cognitive concerns and more severe neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, she is working as a neuropsychology extern at UCLA Semel Institute's Longevity Center for the 2014 – 2015 year. In the future, Haleh would like to combine her experience as a clinician and as a neuropsychologist, opening a center to provide various academic and educational services to students and their families.