Ayesha Shaikh


Ayesha Shaikh

Professor of Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychological Sciences

Science & Learning Center 350E
562.907.4200, ext. 4475

Academic History

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Miami University
APA-Approved Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University Medical School
Ph.D., Miami University
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University Medical School

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Adult Psychopathology
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in College Students
  • Interpersonal Functioning
  • Psychotherapy and Assessment


Ayesha Shaikh is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Whittier College where she has been a member of the faculty since 2003. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in adult psychopathology, group psychotherapy, adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and communication in close relationships. Professor 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. Professor 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. 

Professor Shaikh currently serves on the Council of Representatives for the Western Psychological Association. She conducts research with undergraduates in the areas of interpersonal processes, ADHD in college students, and pedagogy. She enjoys teaching a variety of classes including Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Communication Laboratory, Field Work in Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Psychology of Women, Literature Review Seminar, and a College Writing Seminar on Psychopathology and Related Concerns. She also enjoys teaching a faculty-led travel course in collaboration with a colleague in the Sociology Department at Whittier College, ‘Ohana in the USA: Native Hawaiian Historical/Cultural Trauma and Cultural Resilience.