Venus Mahmoodi, PhD

Venus Mahmoodi, PhD  Psychologist  Training Instructor

Venus Mahmoodi, PhD


Training Instructor

Venus Mahmoodi, PhD, specializes in reproductive mental health, which includes mental health challenges during pregnancy and pregnancy planning, postpartum, fertility struggles, and perinatal loss. She works with individuals and couples to alleviate distress related to grief and loss as well as a wide range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and emotional dysregulation.

Dr. Mahmoodi has diverse clinical and diagnostic expertise and utilizes a range of effective interventions to alleviate distress.  She takes an integrative approach, incorporating psychodynamic relational work with cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies.  At the same time, treatment is individualized to ensure effective symptom management and to meet the needs of the person or couple.  She also creates a safe and engaging environment for individuals and couples to build effective coping skills, learn to tolerate difficult emotions, and develop competence by reaching realistic goals.  

Dr. Mahmoodi completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University in California.  Her clinical training included working with refugees and torture survivors, veterans, and perinatal women.  She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Through a unique collaboration between Stanford University and Palo Alto University, she completed a program with an emphasis in women's neuroscience and mental health, which incorporated coursework and research examined the role of endogenous hormones on mental health throughout a woman's life cycle. Her dissertation topic focused on the perinatal experiences of Muslim women living in the United States.

Dr. Mahmoodi completed specialized training through Postpartum Support International on screening and treating PMADs.  She completed more advanced specialization in PMADs, grief/loss, and distress related to fertility at Seleni. 

She is affiliated with the New York Women's Mental Health Consortium, Postpartum Support International, and the American Psychological Association.