Our Team

Our Team

Steve Khachi, M.D.

Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychiatrist
Founder, Mind Study Center

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Dr. Khachi is a Stanford-trained physician, who specializes in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is the founding president of Mind Study Center providing world-class evidence-based, multidisciplinary, and integrated care. Dr. Khachi is known for his expertise in psychopharmacology and various types of individual and family psychotherapy. He has a broad range of experiences in treating psychiatric disorders. He has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, eating disorder programs, and drug and alcohol treatment facilities. Dr. Khachi has also worked as a consulting physician to schools, hospitals, and other referring physicians and psychologists.

Dr. Khachi attended University of California Santa Barbara, where he obtained his bachelor of science in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology. He received his medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

During medical school, he developed a strong interest in neurosciences and neuropsychiatric disorders. He was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar, a prestigious research fellowship which funded his neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health. His research has culminated in multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters, and presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Khachi pursued his general psychiatry residency at the University of California San Diego and sub-specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University, where he was selected and served as Chief Fellow of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development. He is double board certified in adult as well as child & adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and licensed by the California Medical Board.

He is currently on faculty at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (voluntary) at the University of Southern California providing clinical supervision to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in-training physicians. He has previously served as a Councillor for the Southern California Psychiatry Society. He is an active member of many professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

Erika L. Poladian, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#100831)

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Erika is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in evidenced-based psychotherapies for children, teens, adults, and families. She invests her skills in helping clients attain a better quality of life that is characterized by peace of mind and the ability to manage difficult thoughts and feelings through self-compassion and knowledge of the inner workings of the mind.

She is extremely passionate about her work and takes into account each of her client’s individual differences and needs. She formulates creative and detailed treatment plans which include having a complete understanding of her client's daily lives. She is a firm believer that the combination of a trusting therapeutic rapport and carefully executed evidenced-based interventions can break the bondage of mental anguish and sustain long-lasting healing.

Erika specializes in treating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, autism, eating disorders, behavioral problems, and somatic disorders. She cares deeply for her clients and maintains patience and perseverance in her work no matter what the presenting issues may be. Erika is also well-versed with implementing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, FloortimeTM Therapy, Behavioral Intervention, and Play Therapy.

Erika completed her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in Musical Studies. She continued her education at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology where she received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Furthermore, she obtained extensive clinical training at UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

Cynthia Khachi

Director of Operations

Cynthia has extensive background in high-tech corporate and startups. Her expertise include business development, marketing, and operations. Cynthia brings her expertise to healthcare operations and has been a key player at MSC’s organizational structure.

Cynthia obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and received Business & Marketing Certification from University of California, San Diego.

Sharon Cao

Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant at Mind Study Center, Sharon acts as the first point of contact for families and healthcare professionals looking to coordinate their care with our clinicians. She coordinates all the internal functions of the center while providing support to the clinical team. In her role, she acts as the professional liaison between the patients and clinicians so that we can ensure our clients’ needs are adequately addressed.

Sharon attended the University of California, Irvine, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy with a minor in Management. She also understands the importance of patient care due to having experience in the medical field. With her background, she will be able to help address our clients’ concerns in a timely and orderly manner.