Leslie Rith-Najarian, PhD (she/her/hers)

Leslie Rith-Najarian, PhD (she/her/hers)

Allston Burr Resident Dean, Kirkland House and Assistant Dean of Harvard College
Professional headshot of Dean Rith-Najarian

As your Resident Dean...

I am so excited to be joining Kirkland House! Harvard first became my home when I was undergraduate in 2008, and it is an honor to continue serving this community. After completing a PhD in clinical psychology at UCLA, I returned to the Harvard Psychology Department in 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher and instructor. My approach to advising students focuses on empowering each student through their unique strengths, goals, and values.

Along with Kirkland House’s Academic Coordinator, Linda, I am here to support your academic and personal welfare at Harvard.  My door is open to all. You can sign up for a time during my support hours here (options for in-person or Zoom).

More about me...

My academic research aims to develop mental health interventions for young people, with a focus on accessibility and underserved populations. Example interventions include an online stress management program for university students, and a primary care screening program for adolescents with recent trauma. Complimenting my research, I worked as a clinician at a high school and at the UCLA Counseling Center. I am currently a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts, with a specialty in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance use, and crisis management. I will also be teaching as lecturer in the Psychology Department, with planned course topics including: technology and mental health, evidence-based treatments, and the psychology of culture and identity.

Practicing what I preach, self-care is crucial. Having grown up in northern Minnesota, I love the outdoors. I am an avid rock climber along with my spouse, Eric (he/him), and we enjoy taking our senior dog, Zwiebel (“onion” in German), on hikes. My other hobbies include cooking (especially vegan, Armenian, and German food), board games, and planning elaborate pranks.

Contact Information

p: 617-495-2276

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