Gregor V. Sarkisian, PhD

Associate Professor, MA in Psychology


Gregor V. Sarkisian, Ph.D., earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Between 1994 and 1996, Sarkisian worked as a child protective service worker for the Los Angeles County, Department of Children and Family Services. In 2001, he earned his Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also worked as a program consultant for the Kansas City Metro, Child Traumatic Stress Center, funded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Sarkisian was a postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Services Research Training Program at the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  He worked as the principal evaluator of programs administered through the UCSF, Center for Science Education and Outreach. He also worked as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut.

In the 2005-2006 academic year, Sarkisian joined the AULA faculty and teaches primarily in the Applied Community Psychology (ACP) specialization of the Master of Arts in Psychology program. In 2008, he began serving as director of the Master of Arts in Psychology, Individualized Concentration (MPIC). Sarkisian’s current interests include community psychology, social ecology, teaching community psychology practice, qualitative methods, social power, community change processes, social policy, and program evaluation.

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“Student empowerment is a participatory, developmental, group-based process through which students achieve their academic goals, advance their professional development and acquire valued educational and professional resources to promote individual, organizational, and community well-being.” Gregor V. Sarkisian