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Woodbury’s Yacoubian to Tackle ‘New Armenian Diaspora’

Woodbury University's Viken Yacoubian, Ph.D., will be among the experts and scholars from four corners of the world gathering April 27 for “Independence and Beyond: In Search of a New Armenian Diaspora after 1991,” a free conference at USC that will tackle critical issues facing Diaspora-homeland relations.

Dr. Yacoubian, who is a psychology instructor in Woodbury's School of Media, Culture, & Design, will present on “Convergence through Diversity: The Diasporic Experience of Ethnoracaial Identity Development.” In the last several years, he has been an active consultant to the government of the Republic of Armenia in the realms of establishing a counseling network for the country’s prison population and restructuring the pre-university educational system of the country.

Organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western US Central Committee in collaboration with the University of Southern California Institute of Armenian Studies, the Armenian Cultural Foundation and the Armenian Review, the conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at USC’s Davidson Conference Center. Through its various presentations and discussions, the conference will examine the impact of the independence of the Republic of Armenia and subsequent processes of nation-building on various facets of Diaspora life, such as political ideologies and cultural narratives, linguistic and literary production, organizations and institutions, economic investment, remittances and affiliation, and hybrid identity formation. The event is free of charge and open to the community. Paid public parking ($10) is available at Parking Structure D (PSD). Enter at the Jefferson Boulevard Entrance at Royal Street (Entrance 4). 649 West 34th Street Los Angeles 90089.

Dr. Yacoubian earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the APA-accredited program of the University of Southern California (USC). He is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). His research and academic interests include psychodynamic and existential theories, vicarious traumatic experiences, and racial and cultural identity development. He has authored many articles and participated in local and international conferences and symposia. He is a member of several professional organizations including the Board of Behavioral Sciences (Marriage and Family Therapists), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Committee. He is the founder and director of the Institute for Multicultural Research and Development (IMRD).