Amina Flowers, Psy.D.

About Dr. Flowers

Dr. Amina Flowers is a licensed clinical psychologist who is passionate about serving individuals with life-altering disabilities and chronic medical conditions. She utilizes culturally adapted evidence-based methods: primarily cognitive behavioral therapy/3rd wave behavioral, mindfulness-based strategies, and humanistic/existential approaches. She strives to create a non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, collaborative, and safe atmosphere to assist in an individual’s capacity to thrive.

Background

Dr. Flowers is a second-generation Belizean American female who received her Bachelor and Master of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.

In addition to her clinical experiences, Ms. Flowers has worked in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded neuropsychology dementia and multicultural laboratory since 2012, where she has conducted research to examine relationships between neuropsychological performance, and activities of daily living amongst individuals affected with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. She also participated in projects to examine cultural factors that affect neuropsychological test performance amongst people from ethnically diverse backgrounds.  She completed an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Harvard Medical School. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship specializing in rehabilitation psychology at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California. Prior to fellowship, Dr. Flowers completed a portion of her predoctoral training at Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Angela Williams and Dr. Narineh Hartoonian. She also worked at various medical centers completing comprehensive neuropsychological assessments and she provided psychotherapy to individuals with serious mental illness, personality, and mood disorders in community mental health settings.

Dr. Flowers is licensed by the Board of Psychology in the state of California and her license number is PSY32588.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Publications:

  1. Avila, J., Flowers, A., Shivley-Scott, T., Quilici, J., Apostolova, L. G., Woo, E., Ringman, J., & Razani, J. Daily activity abilities in MCI, Alzheimer’s disease and healthy controls. Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry.
  2. Avila J., Flowers, A., Razani, J., (in preparation). The Effects of Acculturation on Neuropsychological Test Performance in English-Speaking and Farsi-Speaking Iranian Individuals.

Presentations:

  1. Flowers, A., Meza-Gonzalez, I., Avila, J., Razani, J., (April, 2012). Mild Cognitive Impairment and the California Verbal Learning Test. Poster session presented at the annual Western Psychological Association Conference in San Francisco, CA, Poster Session.
  2. Meza-Gonzalez, I., Flowers, A., Razani, J., (April, 2012). Effect of Mild Cognitive Impairment on Daily Activities in Seniors. Poster session presented at the annual Western Psychological Association Conference in San Francisco, CA, Poster Session
  3. Flowers, A., Cohen, J., D’Esposito, M., (July, 2012). Emotion, Impulsivity, and Cognitive Task Performance. Poster session presented at the annual Summer Research Opportunity Program, Berkeley, CA
  4. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (February, 2013). Mild Cognitive, Impairment, Frontotemporal Lobe Damage, and Alzheimer’s Disease and their relation to Activities of Daily Living. Poster Session presented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.
  5. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (February, 2014) Performance of Patients with Different Subtypes of Mild Cognitive Impairment on Activities of Daily Living Tasks. Poster Session presented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, Washington.
  6. Murcia, M., Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J.,(April, 2012). Quality of Education and Its Effect on WASI Test Performance in Ethnically Diverse Individuals, Poster Session, presented at the annual, Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nevada.
  7. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, Liana M.D., (July, 2014). One-Year Follow Up Examination of Functional Status on an Activity of Daily Living Task in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease, Poster Session presented at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  8. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (August, 2014). Sensitivity and Specificity of the Direct Assessment of Functional Status, Poster Session presented at the annual American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  9. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (August, 2014). The Influence of Cultural Variation on the Performance of Cognitive Tasks, Poster Session presented at the annual American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  10. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J.,Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (February, 2015). Gender and its effect on an Activities of Daily Living Task in Mild Cognitive Impairment. Poster Session presented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, Colorado.
  11. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (February, 2015). CVLT and its Prediction of Deficits in Activities of Daily Living. Poster Sessionpresented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, Colorado.
  12. Flowers, A., Avila, J., Razani, J., (May, 2015). Performance of Patients with Cognitive Impairment on the California Card Sorting Task, Poster Session presented at the annual Association of Psychological Science, New York, New York.
  13. Flowers, A., Michel, S., Razani, J., (February, 2016). Neuropsychological tests and functional ability, Poster Session presented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Boston.
  14. Flowers, A., Michel, S., Razani, J., (April, 2016). Cognitive and functional impairment in older Adults with MCI and Dementia. Paper presented at the annual Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA. 
  15. Flowers, A., Michel, S., Razani, J., (February 2017). Socioeconomic Status and Neuropsychological Test Performance. Poster Session presented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, New Orleans, Louisiana
  16. Flowers, A., Michel, S., Razani, J., (April, 2016). Cognitive and functional impairment in older Adults with MCI and Dementia. Paper presented at the annual Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA.
  17. Flowers, A (April, 2016). Cognitive and functional impairment in older Adults with MCI and Dementia. Paper presented at the annual Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA.
  18. Flowers, A, Yeh,T., Bae, C., Vasquez, B., (April, 2017). Religious and Spiritual Coping Among   Ethnically Diverse Trauma Survivors. Paper presented at the annual, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Chicago, Illinois.
  19. Flowers, A., Michel, S., Razani, J., (February 2018). Differences in Caregiver Burden Amongst Individuals with Various Forms of Cognitive Impairment. Poster Session scheduled to present at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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