Meet the Board

Armenian American Mental Health Association (AAMHA) Board of Directors and Advisors FY 2019-2020



Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Anna is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at The Help Group. Anna is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California Baptist University, Online and Professional Studies. Anna is passionate about working with children, parents, and teachers, and has developed and executed bullying-prevention and mental health-focused presentations geared toward elementary and middle-school students and their parents. She is currently working on expanding these to include workshops for teachers, focusing on bullying as a social justice issue. Anna recognizes the challenges of navigating graduate education and the entrance into a career, and takes an active role in mentoring young women entering the field of psychology. Anna’s future goals include developing a working relationship and pursuing projects with mental health professionals in Armenia.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Ms. Gourgian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She uses variety of theoretical orientations such as Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Cognitive/Behavioral, Emotion Focused, and Hypnotherapy to help clients struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias and personality disorders. She also works with families and couples, helping them with conflict resolution, at two locations in Pasadena and Glendale. You can contact her at 818-970-5245 or

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Pilavian is a clinical Psychologist, practicing for over 24 years on three continents. In psychotherapy, his mission is to help you learn how to help yourself. He has two doctorate degrees, both in neuropsychology. He is trained in psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. He specializes in neuropsychological and fitness for duty evaluations, pre-employment law enforcement, and personality assessments, as well as in the treatment of depression & anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, personality disorders, and problems related to the workplace.

Program Director

Ms. Markosian is a Post Doc Intern and the Program Director at Daylight Adult Health Care Center in Glendale (where we hold our board meetings and lectures).

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Nanoor is an Armenian-Iranian clinician who decided to immigrate to the United States in 2010 to study psychology with emphasis on behavior analysis in order to gain the knowledge and experience required to assist and educate individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their parents, caregivers and the community. Nanoor obtained her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Urartu University of Practical Psychology and Sociology in Armenia and completed a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2015. Nanoor has worked as a home-based behavioral therapist, overseen home-based programs, designed training protocols for ABA therapists and supervisors, and consulted with families and schools. Her interests include inclusion, social skills, and executive behavior.Currently she is Director of Clinical Services and Quality Assurance for Promise ABA and Vice President of M2N Behavioral Health Management Services. Beside her endless passion for psychology and behavior analysis, she fluently communicates in three languages and had studied American Sign Language for about two years as an alternative communication system specifically to enable non-vocal individuals communicate their wants and needs. Nanoor is an active member of the community, she is a board member of 2BHappy nonprofit organization and Armenian Autism Outreach Project. She is a Human Rights activist who enjoys jazz music and modern art.