Dr Maryam Davodi-FarAssociate Professor School of Professional Studies
Dr. Davodi-Far completed her doctoral work at the University of La Verne in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Administration. She has a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration from National University and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California in San Diego entering college at the age of 16. Although she attended college on a full scholarship, she worked as both a model and a laboratory assistant to cover her extra expenses.
Currently, she holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Chapman University. She is trained as a volunteer mediator through the National Conflict Resolution Center. She is a Certified Anger Management Specialist through the National Anger Management Association. She has served as a chief executive officer for a community clinic in San Diego; when she was selected, she was the youngest and only female executive director who had ever served in this capacity. Maryam is currently the Executive Director and Founder of the Cancer Coping Center and Swap With a Purpose. She is a certified life coach. She has won several awards in the community including and not limited to the following: the 10 News Leadership Award, 40 under 40 Award, Stay Classy Awards, Molina Healthcare Award, Women Who Move the City Award, and recently a Professoriate Award at National University.
She has been with National University for 13 years; she serves as the lead faculty for the BPA and MPA programs. She teaches all courses in the BPA and MPA programs, including: foundations courses, program evaluation, grant writing and urban planning. She was also selected as one of 12 Executive Directors to be part of an Executive Learning Group through the Fieldstone Foundation. Her existing areas of research include: sustainability, public policy, environmental policy, global health, social justice, and much more!
She lives with her family in Carmel Valley. In her spare time, Maryam enjoys cooking, baking (she is trained in classical French Cooking as a Chef through the San Diego Culinary Institute) and time with family either at the beach, a museum, festival or fair. She loves to travel so that she can have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and individuals. Her preferred thing to do when she travels, (besides sight-seeing and eating good local food), is to hit the market and see what the locals eat and perhaps she can pick up another good recipe along the way!
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