Dr. Nik's Bio.
Dr. Manijeh Nikakhtar is a renowned professional
in the field of Medicine, Psychiatry,
Forensic Psychiatry and Public Health.
She has an international academic and professional background, having studied,
taught, conducting research in the field of Public Health, Psychiatry and
Chemical dependency. In Iran, she was representing World Health Organization
in the Middle east and was also the chair person in the Department of
Epidemiology and Patho-biology. In the United
States she completed a fellowship at Cornell University in New York Hospital
and her internship and residency in psychiatry at USC.
Dr. Nikakhtar served as Clinical Assistant Professor at UCLA and on Advisory
Board of Metropolitan State Hospital in Los Angeles.
She is also Diplomate of
American Board of Forensic Medicine and Psychiatry, American Board of
Psychological Specialties, American Board of Behavioral Sciences, American
Board of Psychopharmacology, and American Board of Forensic Psychoanalysis.
She also served the Southern California Psychiatric Society for many years as
a member of Ethics Committee and as Chair Person of its Membership Committee.
Adding to her long list of outstanding accomplishment, Dr. Nikakhtar has
published over 150 articles in the field of medicine and psychiatry. Dr.
Nikakhtar is the founder of a non-profit organization," Citizens of the World
Dr. Nikakhtar is the founder of
Substance Abstinence Treatment (SAT) program which is a revolutionary and
highly effective treatment model for substance use and addiction based on
innovative and scientific method designed to break the cycle of drug users'
going in and out of the revolving door of the traditional recovery program or
For her outstanding service to the community,
Dr. Nikakhtar has been recognized with many awards and certificates from
various California officials and organizations, including the Governor, the
Director of the Department of Mental Health, The Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors, The County Sheriff, The Mayor of Los Angeles and the Chief of the
Dr. Nikakhtar is the author of over hundred fifty articles in the
field of psychiatry (Suicide, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Depression, Culture
and behavior, Family therapy, Addiction) in Persian Journals.
Dr. Nikakhtar had eight years of radio talk and TV program (in
Persian) to educate public about psychiatric disorders and treatment.
Dr. Nikakhtar also had several interviews with variety of magazines
(Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, People Magazine, La Opinion etc) and TV
programs (CNN, E-TV, PBS, etc) on subjects related to mental health and
Dr. Nikakhtar is the author of the book title:
Addiction or Self medication? The Truth.
book is a breakthrough view of substance addiction and recovery and outlines
the components of a comprehensive, scientific, State-of-the Art approach for
the treatment of chemical dependency and addiction.
Dr. Manijeh Nikakhtar is married and has two
grown up children.
Dr. Nikakhtar's husband is an Internist-Nephrologist
and Professor of UCLA.
Nikakhtar's daughter is an
attorney and economist, assigned to be professor at George Washington
Dr. Nikakhtar's son is an Internist, Clinical
Assistant professor and Director of Medical Education at University of
Minnesota at Minneapolis.
Dr. Nikakhtar is the author of over hundred fifty articles in the field of
psychiatry (Suicide, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Depression, Culture and
behavior, Family therapy, Addiction) in Persian Journals.