Manijeh is a doctoral student in Positive Developmental Psychology and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. Her program of research focuses on positive Manijeh Mahmoodzadeh, MA, is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. Her program of research focuses on positive youth development and issues of social justice, with specific interest in the role of community programs in empowering marginalized youth. She has worked as an applied research and evaluation associate for a variety of youth development programs, including LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell (BTB) afterschool programming, mindfulness-based stress reduction programming, and girls’ empowerment programming. Manijeh currently serves as the Chief Impact Officer for Changeist, a youth civic engagement program. She has also worked directly with Iranian-American youth at a summer leadership institute for 6 years, and considers her experience as a practitioner integral to her perspective as an evaluator.
Manijeh began working at YD Eval because of the passion and commitment to youth thriving that defines the YD Eval community. She has always thought of young people as whole and valuable members of society, whose experiences need to be documented in order for society to best serve them. Manijeh is most interested in working with programs focused on youth empowerment and social action, and with clients who seek to highlight youth agency in the evaluation process by working together with young people to conduct research that impacts their lives.