About / John Geirland, Ph.D.

Professional Work and Activities

Dr. John Geirland is a licensed psychologist who has a private practice with offices in Burbank and West Los Angeles.  He is also a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.  He is an active member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where he also serves as the editor for The Los Angeles Psychologist.

He has been an award-winning science journalist whose work has appeared in many major publications (e.g.,WiredSmithsonian MagazineLos Angeles Times).  He has written deeply researched articles on topics such as depression, the psychology of “flow,” and the psychological stressors that astronauts will face on a future mission to Mars.


Dr. Geirland completed his clinical training at the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, where he focused on working with older adults. In addition, he assisted the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry on the Dakim Brain Fitness Clinical Trials in 2010 (under the supervision of Dr. Karen Miller).  He also conducted biopsychosocial assessments and psychological testing at San Fernando Valley’s Community Assessment Services Center.  Dr. Geirland also has years experience working in a private practice and psychiatric hospital settings.

Dr. Geirland has earlier experiences include working at the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center (Point Loma, CA), where he was part of a group that employed nonverbal measures (e.g., evoked potentials, psychomotor performance under stressful conditions) to predict success in the military.  As a behavioral science specialist at Honeywell in West Covina he helped create training systems for AWACS radar operators.  He worked many years as an organization development specialist, where he used survey, group, and interview methods to assess organizational functioning and provide management feedback to clients in major organizations.


PhD. Applied Social Psychology
Claremont, CA, Claremont Graduate University, 1986

M.A. Applied Social Psychology
Claremont, CA, Claremont Graduate University, 1981

B.A. Psychology
San Diego, CA, San Diego State University, 1976

Professional Associations

Member of Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Psychological Association

California Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

Contact Information

Contact Information
John Geirland, Ph.D.
(747) 333-8148
Lic.# PSY25197

Burbank Office
4444 Riverside Drive, Suite 305
Burbank, CA 91505

West L.A. Office
11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 420
West Los Angeles, CA 90064