Sharmeen Mahmud

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor

Education: EdD, LMFT

Industry Expertise: educational psychology and school counseling

Research Interest: using community circles with mindfulness in online classrooms to bridge the gap in teacher-student relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the needs of a school with multiple trauma experiences from an EST framework, and trauma-informed social emotional learning


Dr. Sharmeen Mahmud is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the director of a boutique mental health and wellness firm. She has over 20 years of experience in providing school-based therapy services at organizations such as Los Angeles Unified School District and consulting with public and charter schools on behavioral health services. Sharmeen Mahmud is also a credentialed School Counselor and school administrator in the state of California. She is the founder of a trauma-informed social-emotional learning program entitled Calm with Character. Her research interests are in trauma-informed school practices and educator wellness. Her accolades include a doctor of education with a specialization in mind, brain, and teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in marriage, family, and child counseling from the University of Southern California.