Michael Shahnasarian, Ph.D., founded Career Consultants of America, Inc., (CCA) on
May 20, 1986. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the practice
has since been providing services throughout North America
and worldwide. Integrity, application of state-of-the-art
science and best practices, and professionalism –
these ideals have hallmarked CCA’s aim to offer the
highest quality services the profession offers. Service,
research, and training have been the bedrock on which CCA
established its practice more than 30 years ago.
Welcome to Career Consultants of America, Inc.
People seeking private services, healthcare providers,
organizations (both nonprofit and private sector), lawyers,
and insurance companies are among Career Consultants of
America’s clients. The services CCA provides include:
Career Development − CCA provides career
development counseling services to facilitate decision
making and planning for people in career transition.
Vocational Rehabilitation − CCA's vocational
rehabilitation services include but are not limited to
helping people with disabilities optimize their work
potential. As needed, CCA provides vocational
rehabilitation expert witness services in litigated matters.
Life Care Planning − CCA provides life care
planning services for people who acquire disabling problems
that require ongoing rehabilitation intervention.
Industrial Psychology/Organizational Psychology
− CCA offers a wide variety of industrial and
organizational psychology services including corporate
selection and outplacement services.
Rehabilitation Psychology − Dr. Shahnasarian
provides services at local hospitals. Most of his
hospital-based practice involves disability adjustment
Forensic Consulting − Law firms representing
plaintiffs and defendants retain CCA to evaluate case
materials and/or individuals, and to testify, if necessary,
as an expert witness in court proceedings or other legal
Product Development − In accord with its practice
ideal, CCA has a longstanding tradition of product
CCA’s research initiatives have focused on
computer-assisted career guidance applications, assessment
of earning capacity, and forensic issues related to claims
of loss of earning capacity. Studies CCA conducted have been
published in numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters,
monographs, and books.
Data from the practice has had wide applications –
including development of a standardized instrument used
worldwide to evaluate claims of loss of earning capacity,
establishing normative criteria for making corporate
selection decisions, and the bases for a doctoral
dissertation. The Social Security Administration selected
CCA as one of four practices in the United States to
participate in a 2-year pilot test project (Project Network)
involving vocational and disability issues.
As a training venue, CCA has facilitated interns’ and
residents’ development of administrative support,
clinical, and research knowledge and skills necessary to
advance their career development. Masters, doctoral, and
postdoctoral interns and residents have satisfied graduate
degree scholarship and clinical supervision requirements
necessary to pursue advanced credentialing (i.e., specialty
certifications and licensures) from their CCA experiences.
Students from Amherst University, Duke University, Florida State
University, Northern Illinois University, the University
of Florida, the University of South Florida, and the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have participated in CCA internships. CCA interns
have gone on to study at institutions such as Harvard
University, the London School of Economics, the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University,
and Vanderbilt University.