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Iranian Psychotherapist, Dr. Peyman Raoofi, to be Recognized as a Mental Health Hero by The Chicago School

Event will honor mental health advocates and raise funds to benefit The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Centers in Southern California.

(LOS ANGELES) (April 26, 2018) – Peyman Raoofi, an Iranian psychotherapist who specializes in children’s developmental disorders and who advocates for children globally, will be honored at the second annual Mental Health Heroes Awards Luncheon on May 9, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at The Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles. Presented by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), a leading nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences, the luncheon will recognize those who have improved treatment, raise public awareness, and reduce the stigma of mental illness, substance use disorders, and suicide.

Dr. Raoofi has many years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders and mental retardation. He applies his training in Applied Behavioral Analysis methodologies and Discrete Trial Training program to the intense psychosocial interventions he uses to treat children with these behaviors. He has been actively involved in UNICEF—currently holding a UNICEF Honorary Ambassadorship—Relief International, and the Human Rights Council to help disadvantaged children globally.

“I believe education is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that one can be. As an activist I have seen education’s power to transform lives,” said Dr. Raoofi.

Emceed by actress Carly Chaikin, star of USA Network’s Golden Globe-winning show “Mr. Robot” and ABC’s hit show Suburgatory, the luncheon will also recognize:

  • Kim A. Bunnell, a trailblazer in healthcare whose business acumen has reshaped the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Los Angeles County.
  • Dr. William A. Covino and Dr. Debbie Covino, President and First Lady, California State University, Los Angeles, who launched the Mind Matters initiative for student inner well-being and academic success.
  • NBA world champion and coach Metta World Peace, who publicly shared his struggle with mental health issues and is now an advocate in fighting mental health stigma.

“Dr. Raoofi exemplifies what a mental health advocate and leader in the applied behavior analysis field should be—he is committed to making a difference globally, he offers his time as a volunteer, and is part of several organizations that lead professionals in the field to help others,” said Michele Nealon, Psy.D., President, The Chicago School.

Dr. Raoofi holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. He is a lifetime member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology as well as the Golden Key International Honor Society, and is a two-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Dr. Raoofi serves on the Boards of the Iranian Psychological Association of America, Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Profamily Group, is the founder of Global Children Health, and chairs the United Nations Association of Beverly Hills’ UNA-USA Young Professionals Committee.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private school devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The institution serves approximately 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology and behavioral health education. To learn more, visit