Professor Ayesha Shaikh is the newest tenured member of the Whittier College psychology department faculty. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in group psychotherapy, adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and communication in close relationships. She has published articles on the verbal communication of emotion and the evaluation of interactions between medical doctors and their patients. She has also presented several papers on adult ADHD and the associated social and emotional difficulties that occur in this population. Shaikh is currently working on a research project investigating the utility of a group psychotherapy intervention for young adults with ADHD who are struggling in their relationships.
In addition to these research experiences, Shaikh has also obtained several years of clinical experience in multiple treatment settings, including an outpatient psychology clinic, an inpatient psychiatry and partial hospital unit at a VA medical center, an outpatient hospital clinic, an outpatient medical clinic, and in private practice. Within these settings, she has served as an individual and group therapist, an evaluator, a consultant, a crisis intervention specialist, and a triage/intake counselor. Shaikh has treated hundreds of adults, aged 18-90, with a wide spectrum of diagnoses, ranging from relatively mild adjustment disorders and ADHD, to extremely severe psychiatric cases, to medical patients with cardiovascular disease.