Dr. Shaikh is the current Chair and Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Whittier College where she has been a member of the faculty since 2003. She received her B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University in 1999, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University in 2002. Her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship were completed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Northwestern University Medical School), where she specialized in group and individual psychotherapy for adults.

Dr. Shaikh is currently a licensed clinical psychologist whose research specialty involves group psychotherapy, adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and communication in close relationships. She has published articles on the verbal communication of emotion and the evaluation of interactions between medical doctors and their patients. She has also presented several papers on adult ADHD and the associated social and emotional difficulties that occur in this population. Dr. Shaikh is currently working collaboratively with Whittier College undergraduates on a research project investigating the utility of a group psychotherapy intervention for young adults with ADHD who are struggling in their relationships.

In addition to these research experiences, Dr. Shaikh has also obtained several years of clinical experience in multiple treatment settings including an outpatient psychology clinic, an inpatient psychiatry and partial hospital unit at a VA medical center, an outpatient hospital clinic, an outpatient medical clinic, and in private practice. Within these settings she has served as an individual and group therapist, an evaluator, a consultant, a crisis intervention specialist, and a triage/intake counselor. She has treated hundreds of adults aged 18-90 presenting with a wide spectrum of diagnoses, ranging from relatively mild adjustment disorders and ADHD, to extremely severe psychiatric cases, to medical patients with cardiovascular disease.