Dr. Ali Khadivi

All of Abdulrahman’s psychiatric and cognitive conditions are amenable to treatment. The evidence suggests that he has a major mental illness that responds well to sustained treatment.

Ali Khadivi

Ali Khadivi

Associate chair for clinical care evaluation and research, and chief psychologist at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center.

Dr. Khadivi performed an independent forensic psychological examination to determine any potential mitigating factors that might impact Abdulrahman’s sentencing in this case.

Dr. Khadivi, Dr. Porterfield and Dr. Mariani all concluded that Abdulrahman had mitigating factors which contributed to his involvement in the charges laid against him but that his mental health responded well to sustained treatment as mentioned in their medical reports.


Dr. Khadivi’s report stated that Abdulrahman had cognitive deficits which increased his potential for impulsivity and consequently to negatively impact his decision-making. Based on all the examinations, Dr. Khadivi concluded that Abdulrahman has multiple mitigating factors. These deficits increase his propensity for impulsivity, negatively impact his decision-making process, and diminish his ability to self reflect and to weigh the risk and benefit of his actions. In terms of genetic disposition, Dr. Khadivi mentioned that both sides of the family have had mental health issues leading to Abdulrahman’s psychiatric illness.

Furthermore, all of Abdulrahman’s psychiatric and cognitive conditions are amenable to treatment. The evidence suggests that he has a major mental illness that responds well to sustained treatment. In his conclusion, Dr. Khadivi stated that there is reason to believe that Abdulrahman can be successfully treated through psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions.

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"What makes this story even more disturbing is that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) knowingly participated in this sting with the FBI. They unlawfully obtained Abdulrahman’s medical records that described his mental health vulnerabilities and provided them to the FBI to better manipulate this damaged youth.

This raises serious human rights concerns of discriminatory investigations, targeting vulnerable youths such as Abdulrahman, who had no previous history of violence or criminality, until drawn in by a U.S. government actively involved in developing the plot, persuading and pressuring the target to participate."

Dennis Edney

Canadian Defence lawyer