The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Ani Kalayjian as “Best in Medicine” in recognition of her outstanding dedication in the field of Psychology.
Dr. Kalayjian was born in Syria to parents Diramayr Zabell Kalayjian and Kevork Kalayjian. She, along with her six siblings, are descendants of survivors of the Armenian Genocide. In 1960, at the age of sixteen, she emigrated to the United States with her family.
Dr. Kalayjian has spent her life devoted to studying the impact of trauma and for three decades has explored, studied and practiced various healing modalities. She is passionate about helping others overcome past traumas, empowering them to reach their inner wellness and healing potential, so they can reach a state of wholeness. Using her own experience and knowledge combined with many spiritual teachings and formal psychotherapy, Dr. Kalayjian is able to offer her clients a unique and personalized integrative program. Throughout her career, she has worked with survivors of the Holocaust, 9/11, Vietnam and the Gulf War.
Dr. Kalayjian is a Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, a licensed multi-lingual clinician, a scientist-practitioner-researcher and consultant. She is also the Founder and President of ATOP Meaningfulworld, an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO), affiliated with the United Nations Department of Global Communication. With a mission to foster a peaceful, meaningful and just world, the organization has conducted 100 humanitarian missions since 1988, all of which she has been on. Dr. Kalayjian and her team have visited countries battling the aftermath of tsunamis, tornadoes and earthquakes, and most recently, provided mental health rehabilitation to those affected by the Haiti earthquake.
As a registered nurse, she has been consulted by major news outlets on seasonal mood disorder. She is also the founder of the 7-Step Integrative Healing Model and is the author of six books and many scholarly articles.
Since 2000, she has been a fellow of the APA and its International Division and for 28 years has worked with the United Nations and its NGO community, closely working with countries worldwide on peace building, human rights, conflict transformation, mental health and psychology policy development, integrating mind-body-eco-spirit, and healing from personal and generational trauma.
Dr. Kalayjian holds a Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and achieved an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Long Island University. As a testament to her outstanding work and dedication in the field of Psychology, The American Health Council welcomed Dr. Kalayjian as “Best in Medicine”.