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Mojgan Khademi, psyd, FABP


Mojgan Khademi, PsyD, FABP is a licensed psychologist (CA License #PSY15300) and a training and supervising psychoanalyst and the co-chair of education at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. She was the recipient of the American Psychoanalytic Association's Edith Sabshin Teaching Award in 2015, given in recognition of her outstanding contributions as an educator. Dr Khademi is a full professor at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at the San Diego campus of Alliant International University, where she found and directs a low-fee psychodynamic clinic serving the greater San Diego area, staffed by graduate students who attend psychoanalytic courses and supervision with Dr Khademi. Her research and scholarly work have focused on prevention of eating disorder, attachment, and countertransference, specifically therapist crying in sessions. Dr. Khademi has over 20 years of clinical experience and a private practice in San Diego where she specializes in treatment of disordered eating.

Professional Positions

  • Board Member, American Board of Psychoanalysis 2021-present
  • Director of Psychotherapy Training Program, California State University San Marcos 1998-2001

  • Staff Psychologist/Instructor/Director of Reflections, Washington University, Saint Louis, MO 1989-1997

  • Private Practice, Clinical Psychology  1994-present


Academic Appointments

  • Professor/Program Director, Alliant International University 2005-present (in various roles)
  • Founder/Director/Clinical Supervisor, Center for Applied Psychology & Services, 2007-present
  • Associate Clinical Professor, University of California San Diego, 2016-present
  • Faculty, San Diego Psychoanalytic Center 2011-present


Professional Memberships

  • American Psychoanalytic Association
  • Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Research Study (PPRS)
  • San Diego Psychoanalytic Center
  • American Psychological Association
  • International Psychoanalytic Association

Honors & Awards

    • Edith Sabshin Teaching Award (2015) American Psychoanalytic Association

    • Dedication to Excellence Award (2014) Alliant International University

Certification

  • 2012: Certified in Adult Psychoanalysis, The American Psychoanalytic Association
  • 2017: Certified in Adult Psychoanalysis.  The American Board of Psychoanalysis

Organizational Appointments

American Board for Psychoanalysis

  • Board Member (2020-present)

American Psychoanalytic Association 

  • Member, Department of Psychoanalytic Education Committee (2018-present)
  • Representative, Program Committee (present)

Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies (CAPS)

  • Member, Group 9 (2017-present)

San Diego Psychoanalytic Center

  • Co-Chair, Educational Committee (2019-present)
  • Chair, Admissions Committee (2012-present)
Tehran Psychoanalytic Institute
  • Supervising Associate Faculty (2009-2015)

Papers & Presentations

Chapters in Edited Books

  • Khademi, M. & Miller-Brunetto, H. (In Press). An integrated psychodynamic approach to treatment of eating disorders. In G. de Campora & G. C. Zavattini (Eds.) Mindful eating: Integrated routes for research and treatment of eating disorders in developmental age. Routledge.

  • Blume-Marcovici, A. C., Stolberg, R. A., & Khademi, M. (2017). Tracking our tears: Research on therapist crying in therapy. In A. Blume-Marcovici (Ed.) When therapists cry: Reflections on therapists’ tears in therapy. New York: Routledge Publishing

  • Blume-Marcovici, A. C., & Khademi, M. (2017). Supervising the crying therapist. In A. Blume-Marcovici (Ed.) When therapists cry: Reflections on therapists’ tears in therapy. New York: Routledge Publishing.

  • Khademi, M. & Miller-Brunetto, H. (2016). An integrated psychodynamic approach to treatment of eating disorders. In G. de Campora & G. C. Zavattini (Eds.) Mindful eating: Integrated routes for research and treatment of eating disorders in developmental age. Rome, Italy: Nova Publishers

  • Gnazzo, A., Guerriero, V., Khademi, M., Manoogian, J., Kalayjian, A., Zavattino, G. C. & de Campora, G. (2016). The intergenerational impact of trauma: Individual, family and community implications. In J. Williams (Ed.) Psychopathology: Symptoms, challenges and current concepts. Rome, Italy: Nova Publishers.

Peer Reviewed Articles
  • Faramarzi, M., Khademi, M. & Hajiahmadi, A. (2019). The role of long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy on improvement of attachment patterns, defense styles, and alexithymia in patients with depressive/anxiety disorders. Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.

  • Khademi, M. & Javaheri, F. & Giovannelli, F. (2017). The petrified body: Psychodynamic treatment of a case of selective mutism and conversion hysteria. Revista de Psicanálise [Journal of Psychoanalysis]. Porto Alegre, Brazil. http://revista.sppa.org.br/

  • Blume-Marcovici, A. C., Stolberg, R. A., & Khademi, M. (2015). Examining Our Tears: Therapists' Accounts of Crying in Therapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 69(4), 399-421.

  • Chidley, B., Khademi, M., Ducett, M., & Meany, K. P. (2014). Bereavement during motherhood: A mixed method pilot study exploring bereavement while parenting. Bereavement Care, 33(1) 19-27. Http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02682621.2014.902614

  • Blume-Marcovici, A., Stolberg, R., & Khademi, M. (2013). Do therapists cry in therapy? The role of experience and other factors in therapists' tears. Psychotherapy. DOI: 10.1037/a0031384 

  • Cate, R., Khademi, M., Judd, P. & Miller, H. (2013). Deficits in mentalization as a risk factor for the future development of eating disorders: A pilot study. Advances in Eating Disorders: Theory, Research and Practice. DOI:10.1080/21662630.2013.794497

Invited Presentations

  • Stolberg, R., Boutros, J., & Khademi, M. (2020, March). The Impact of Language and Acculturation on MMPI-2-RF Profiles Taken by Bilingual Arabic Speakers [Paper presentation]. Society for Personality Assessment Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. (Conference cancelled)

  • Khademi, M., & Poirier, N. (2019). Conversion as somatic expression of emotional distress across cultures. Department of psychological Education (DPE) Idea Incubation Workshop. National meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association. New York, New York.

  • Khademi, M., Poirier, N., & Latu, J. (2019). The Wellness Puzzle: What is your body trying to tell you? Mental health awareness week, Grossmont College. San Diego, CA.

  • Khademi, M. (2018). Psychodynamic treatment of eating disorders: An integrated approach. San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. San Diego, CA

  • Khademi, M. (2020, 2019 & 2018). An introduction to modern application of psychodynamic theory in Psychiatry. Department of Psychiatry. University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center. San Diego, CA.

  • Khademi, M. (2017). Blind Spots. Department of Internal Medicine Resident Orientation. University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center. La Jolla, CA.

  • de Campora, G., Russo, D., Khademi, M., Perry, W. & Zavattino, G. C.  (2016). The relationship between psychosocial factors and weight loss maintenance with a sample of bariatric surgery. XVIII National Congress Italian Psychological Association Clinical and Dynamic Section. Rome, Italy.

  • Nili, P., Stolberg, R. & Khademi, M. (2016). A comparison between Iranian American MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF scores: The effect of acculturation. Paper Session D: Self- Report Inventories in Varied Populations. Paper presented at the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Khademi, M., & Javaheri, F. (2015). Psychodynamic treatment of selective mutism and conversion hysteria in modern day Iran. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Khademi, M. (2015). Personality, attachment and the psychoanalytic treatment of Eating disorders. Societa Psicoanalitica Italiana. Rome, Italy.

  • de Campora, G., Khademi, M., & Patel, C., (2014). The impact of socio-cultural factors on body image among two Western countries.  The 9th International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. London, England.

  • Khademi, M., Cate, R., & Judd, P.  (2013). Deficits in mentalization as a risk factor for the future development of eating disorders: Two pilot studies. Panel presentation at 6th International Attachment Conference.  Pavia, Italy.

  • Khademi, M. (2010). Modern conflict theory. Paper presented at the virtual conference meeting of the Tehran Psychoanalytic Institute. Tehran, Iran.

  • Khademi, M. (2010). Panel discussion on multiculturalism and identity development at Self the Remix. Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company. San Diego, California.

Abstracts & Poster Presentations

  •  Giovannelli, F., Khademi, M., Abascal, L., Shuman, T. & Alpert, N. (2019). The influence of ethnic identity on eating disorder risk among women of Mexican descent. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic  Association. New York, New York.
  • Boutros, J., Stolberg, R., Khademi, M., Beard, T. & Chandhok, S. (2018). The Impact of Language and Acculturation on the MMPI-2-RF Profiles Taken by Bilingual English and Arabic Speakers. Poster presented to the Society for Personality Assessment annual conference, Washington D.C.

  • Hajasghari, C., Khademi, M., Boles, S. & Muno, D. (2018). Risk Factors for Eating Disorders in Adolescent Males: Attachment, Mentalization, and Gender Role. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association. New York, New York.

  • Hansen, H. R., Vergara, G. A., Khademi, M., Vargas, E., & Allard, C. B. (2015). Gender differences in suicidality among veterans who endorse military sexual trauma. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Convention of the International Summit and Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma Across the Lifespan, San Diego, California.

  • Baylon, A., Khademi, M., & Kreisler, F. (2015). The role of acculturation and attachment on Latinos’ perceptions of therapists’ empathy. Poster presented at the annual Meeting of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Ramos, E., Khademi, M. & Boscan, D. (2015). Dimensions of depression in Mexican Americans: The role of attachment style. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association. New York, New York.

  • de Campora G., Giromini L., Guerriero V., Hadjeasgari C., Khademi M., & Zavattini, G.C. (2015). Am I Angry or Hungry? Emotion Dysregulation Routes on the Onset of Overweight in Childhood, European Psychiatry (30), Supplement 1, 28–31, March 2015, Page 1338, ISSN 0924-9338, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0924-9338(15)31043-9

  • de Campora, G., Khademi, M., Patel, C., D’Onofrio E., & Zavattini, G.C. (2014). The impact of socio-cultural factors on body image among two Western countries. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research. Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Mullaney, S., Khademi, M., Sirkin, T., & Giromini, L. (2014). Psychological characteristics of adults with pediatric-onset End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD): Personality and attachment. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Blume-Marcovici, A., Stolberg, R., & Khademi, M. (2013). Do therapists cry in therapy? The role of experience and other factors in therapists' tears. Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet) Blog. Ottawa, Canada. (www.pprnet.ca).

  • Cate, R., Khademi, M., & Judd, P. (2012). Deficits in mentalization as a risk factor for the future development of eating disorders: A Pilot Study. Poster presented at Associazione Italiana di Psicologia [Italian Psychological Association] 1992- 2012: Psicologia, Scienza, Società. Congresso Nazionale Della Sezione di Psicologia Clinica e Dinamica [National Congress of Science of Clinical and Dynamic Psychology]. Chieti, Italy.

  • De Campora, G., LiVolsi, V., & Khademi, M. (2012). L’immagine corporea, uno studio cross- culturale tra Italia e USA [A Cross Cultural Study of body Image in Italy and United States]. Poster presented at Associazione Italiana di Psicologia [Italian Psychological Association]1992-2012: Psicologia, Scienza, Società. Congresso Nazionale Della Sezione di Psicologia Clinica e Dinamica. [National Congress of Science of Clinical and Dynamic Psychology], Chieti, Italy.

  • Chidley, B., Khademi, M., Ducett, M., & Meany, K. (2012). Motherhood and bereavement: A mixed method pilot study exploring the experience of bereavement while parenting. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) annual convention. San Francisco, California.

  • Cate, R., Khademi, M., & Judd, P. (2011). Deficits in mentalization as a risk factor for the future development of eating disorders: A pilot study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association. New York, New York.

  • Borderick, D., & Khademi, M. (2010). Fraternal Twins and Bereavement: A Qualitative study. Poster presented at the California Psychological Association Fall Conference. Los Angeles, California.

  • Kellogg, S., Khademi, M., & Stolberg, R. (2009). Personality characteristics of obese men who maintain weight loss. Poster accepted at The Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Conference. Washington, D.C.

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