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Elan Javanfard, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Adjunct Professor
Online Psychology Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Elan Javanfard earned his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2013 and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. He received intensive training in community mental health settings, servicing highly stigmatized populations suffering from chronic persistent mental illness. He currently serves as the associate division director of crisis and residential services at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Furthermore, he serves as a trainer in several evidence-based practices, including dialectical behavioral therapy and Wellness Recovery Action Planning. In his role as a clinician and trainer, Javanfard has delivered crisis training and published presentations and articles in numerous areas.

In addition to work in community mental health, he serves on the board of the Crisis Residential Association, with a mission to advocate for mental health access and diversion from hospitalization. Lastly, he maintains a small private practice specializing in personality disorders and co-occurring unsafe coping.

He has a passion for working with students to help them achieve their academic and professional goals while infusing functional work experience into their education.



  • M.A., Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, 2013