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Arpi Minassian, Ph.D.
Associate Clin. Professor of Psychiatry
PHONE #: (619) 543-3422
FAX #: (619) 543-5732

Dr. Minassian received her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego.  She completed her predoctoral internship in the UCSD Psychology Internship Training Program and continued at UCSD as a post-doctoral fellow in the NIMH Fellowship in Biological Psychiatry and Neuroscience.  She joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry as an Assistant Project Scientist in July of 2004 and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor.  Her research laboratory is located on the inpatient Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Service at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.  She also serves a faculty psychologist at the Medical Center. 

Research Focus
Dr. Minassian’s current research interests focus on how, in people with mental illness as well as medical illness and substance abuse conditions, cognition is related to genes, as well as how genes and cognitive problems affect an individual’s day-to-day living.   She is the recipient of a UCSD Center for Aids Research developmental grant, a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance on Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), and serves as Principal Investigator on a project in the UCSD Translational Methamphetamine and HIV Research Center (TMARC).  She also serves as a consultant for research studies at the Veteran’s Administration (CESAMH) that are focused on stress and resilience in combat and veteran populations.

Clinical Focus
Dr. Minassian’s clinical work is primarily focused upon consultation-liaison and therapeutic interventions with hospitalized medically ill patients.  She is the faculty psychologist at the UCSD Regional Burn Center, where her duties include psychological assessment, pain management, and psychotherapy, and psychiatric consultation-liaison for burned adults and children. She supervises psychology trainees at the Burn Center and at other rotations on the Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Service. 

Selected Publications
Minassian, A., Granholm, E., Verney, S., & Perry, W.  (2004).  Pupillary dilation to simple versus complex tasks and its relationship to thought disturbance in schizophrenia patients.  International Journal of Psychophysiology, 52 (1), 53-62. 

Minassian, A., Granholm, E., Verney, S., & Perry, W.  (2005).  Visual scanning deficits in schizophrenia and their relationship to executive functioning impairment.  Schizophrenia Research, 74, 69-79. 

Minassian, A., Feifel, D., & Perry, W.  (2007).  The relationship between sensorimotor gating and clinical improvement in acutely ill schizophrenia patients.  Schizophrenia Research, 89, 225-231.

Minassian, A., Paulus, M., Lincoln, A., & Perry, W.  (2007). Adults with Autism show increased sensitivity to outcomes at low error rates during decision-making.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37 (7), 1279-1288. 

Perry, W., Minassian, A., Paulus, M.P., Young, J.W., Kincaid, M.J., Ferguson, E.J., Henry, B.L., Zhuang, X., Masten, V.L. Sharp, R.F., & Geyer, M.A.  (2009)  A reverse translational study of dysfunctional exploration in psychiatric disorders:  from mice to men.    Archives of General Psychiatry, 66(10), 1072-1080.

Minassian, A., Henry, B.L., Geyer, M.A., Paulus, M.P., Young, J.W., & Perry, W.  (2010). The quantitative assessment of motor activity in mania and schizophrenia.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 120, 200-206.  

Minassian, A., & Young, J.W. (2010).   Evaluation of the clinical efficacy of asenapine in schizophrenia.  Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy 11(12), 2107-2115.     



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