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Atina Manvelian

Atina Manvelian
Atina Manvelian
Assistant Professor

Atina Manvelian, Ph.D. (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Counseling
Psychology at Santa Clara University. She conducts research to understand the
mechanisms underlying secure attachment; she also designs scalable, evidence-
based interventions to promote healthy relationships for adolescents and adults.
Currently, she directs The Love Research Laboratory (“The Love Lab”) at SCU
and welcomes new students to email her if interested in joining her research

Dr. Manvelian is an Iranian-Armenian immigrant who was raised in Los
Angeles, CA. She double majored in Biological Anthropology and Psychology
at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sponsored by a National Science
Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, she earned her Ph.D. in Clinical
Psychology from the University of Arizona. As a doctoral student, she
specialized in interpersonal relationships, health psychology, and intervention
development. Dr. Manvelian concluded her training through a predoctoral
clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and completed a
Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stony Brook and Stanford University where she
gained expertise in digital single-session interventions.

Outside of SCU, Dr. Manvelian works as a clinical psychologist and maintains a
small private practice. She enjoys working with teens, adults, couples, and
families. In her free time, she spends time with loved ones, enjoys being
outdoors, and disseminates free relationship education on social media.