Atina Manvelian

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Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology
Faculty Advisor: David Sbarra
  • M.A. in Psychology
  • B.A. in Biological Anthropology; Psychology
Psychology 422
Research Interests: 

Research Interests:

Using a systems approach (i.e., Family Systems, Attachment Theory, Couple Therapy) to understand how our relationships impact our mental and physical health; Developing, refining, and disseminating psychosocial interventions; Using the power of relationships to promote health and psychological wellbeing for at-risk populations

Atina is a 6th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. She is on the Health Psychology track and works with her advisor, Dr. David Sbarra, in the Lab for Social Connectedness and Health. As an undergraduate, Atina attended UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) and became quickly interested in how relationships influence the quality of our lives and health. She worked in multiple research labs at UCSB, UCLA, and Stanford and graduated with honors from UCSB, receiving a bachelors degree in Psychology and Biological Anthropology. Atina began her postgraduate education at the University of Arizona in 2015, where she earned her Master's Degree in Psychology and became a Graduate Research Fellow through the National Science Foundation. Atina was heavily involved in developing the Diversity Committee programming for her department and now serves as the inaugural Student Representative for the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science. She is particularly passionate about serving and empowering disadvantaged populations, and is currently at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System completing her clinical internship (2020-2021).

Selected Publications: 
Manvelian, A., Sbarra, D. A. (2020). Marital Status, Close Relationships, and All-Cause Mortality: Results From a 10-Year Study of Nationally Representative Older Adults. Psychosomatic Medicine, 82(4), 384-392.
Manvelian, A., Bourassa, K. J., Lawrence, E., Mehl, M. R., & Sbarra, D. A. (2018). With or without you? Loss of Self Following Marital Separation. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 37(4), 297-324.
Bourassa, K. J., Manvelian, A., Boals, A., Mehl, M. R., & Sbarra, D. A. (2017). Tell me a story: The creation of narrative as a mechanism of psychological recovery following marital separation. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 36(5), 359-379.
Courses Taught: 
  • Research Methods, Summer 2016
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