Asal Houshiarnejad “Nejad,” PsyD
Pediatric and Young Adult Neuropsychologist
Fluent in English and Farsi
California License Psy Lic #PSY28994
Dr. Asal Houshiarnejad “Nejad” is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the population of children, adolescents, and young adults. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, where she earned a B.A. in Clinical Psychology. She then completed one-year of coursework at Pepperdine University towards her Master's Degree in Psychology and earned her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, California in 2015.
Dr. Nejad has received extensive training in neuropsychology, working with adults and children with various disorders. She completed a one-year pre-doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) at BARROW Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital where she trained in the provision of neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults with various psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, neurological, and medical conditions. She also provided Behavioral Parent Training (BPT) to families with children diagnosed with A-D/HD and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) along with other therapeutic modalities to medically and emotionally fragile children. Additionally, she completed a formal two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology through the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and the David Geffen School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in partnership with The Help Group/UCLA Neuropsychology Program.
Prior to beginning her graduate training, Dr. Nejad worked as a behavioral therapist providing behavioral services and parent training to children and families with autism. Through formal training, Dr. Nejad uses the “gold standard” assessment tool—the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition) -- in combination with other neuropsychological assessment measures to develop diagnostic impressions and recommendations that are very specific, individually tailored, and focused on all of the individual factors that make up “the big picture.”
Dr. Nejad’s passion for helping children and their families paved her path to dedicate her clinical training to study the relationship between the biological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of functioning. Given her own cultural background, she recognizes and is sensitive to the unique cultural differences and needs for each individual. The combination of her formal training, compassion, and drive has allowed Dr. Nejad to recognize the importance of integrating the biopsychosocial model when working with children and their families. This has provided her with the tools to develop individually tailored treatment plans and recommendations when providing therapeutic services so that every child can reach their highest potential while improving their quality of life. Her empathic and comprehensive approach allows her to “unlock” a clear treatment plan that provides a “key” to improving a child’s symptoms and guiding them towards health and well-being.