John K. Karanian

John K. Karanian

Phone: (804) 796-1000
Fax: (804) 796-1730
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John K. Karanian is a Shareholder at Barnes & Diehl, PC who has focused his practice on family law matters since 2004.  He is a former practicing forensic and clinical psychologist with the Central Intelligence Agency.  Mr. Karanian has been voted a Super Lawyers© Virginia Rising Star from 2007-2014 and a Virginia Super Lawyers© from 2015 to Present.

Professional Experience:

  • Barnes & Diehl, P.C. (2004-Present)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (Clinical Psychologist, 2000-2001)
  • Liberty Forensic Unit – Riverside Regional Jail (Forensic Psychologist, 1999-2000)
  • Central State Hospital, Maximum Security Forensic Unit (Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, 1997-1999)
  • United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, Federal Correctional Institution, Butner, North Carolina (Clinical Psychology Intern, 1996-1997)


  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia, Juris Doctor (2004)
  • University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut, Doctor of Psychology (1997)
  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., B.A. (1992)

Academic Appointments:

  • Medical College of Virginia, Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Clinical, Professor (1998-2000)      


  • Virginia Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Virginia Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider (1998-2012)

Bar Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Court of Appeals of Virginia
  • All Virginia Courts


  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Metropolitan Richmond Family Law Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Metro Richmond Bar Association Judiciary Committee, 2009
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association


  • Selected to Virginia Super Lawyers (2015-Present)
  • Super Lawyers Virginia Rising Star (2007-2014)
  • All-American Scholar Award, United States Achievement Academy (1992)     


  • “Frequent Childhood Moves – Poorer Quality of Life”, Virginia Family Law News, Volume 31, No. 1, Spring Issue (2011).
  • “Do You Really Want to Put the Child on the Stand”, Michael HuYoung & John Karanian, Virginia Bar Association News Journal, Volume XXXV, No. 4, Winter Issue (2009).
  • “Challenging Expert Testimony About Child Sexual Abuse”, John Karanian, Virginia State Bar, Family Law News, Volume 25, No. 4, Winter Issue (2005).
  • “Assessing Elopement Risk from Forensic Hospital”, Greg Wolber & John Karanian, Journal of Forensic Psychology, (2002).
  • “The Relationship Between Depression and Self-Efficacy in a Sample of Sheltered Homeless Adults”, John Karanian, Doctoral Dissertation (1997).


  • “Come Play The Family Feud”, 5th Annual Bench Bar Conference, Moderator, 2016
  • “Mental Health Issues in Family Law”, National Business Institute, Continuing Education Seminar, October, 22, 2014.
  • “Sexual Abuse in Family Law Cases”, Virginia CLE, July 28, 2009.
  • “Selecting a Qualified Expert”, 8th Annual Advanced Guardian Ad Litem for Children Seminar: What GAL’s Need to Know about Child Custody Evaluations, December 12, 2006 (with Arnold Stolberg Ph.D.).
  • “Legal Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner” Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, VTLA’s Annual Criminal Law Seminar, October 28, 2004 (presentation by Michael HuYoung & outline by John Karanian).
  • “Stalking”, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC (08/10/00).
  • “The Clinical Assessment of Malingering,” Institute of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia (06/09/99).
  • “The Multiphasic Sex Inventory and Assessment of Sex Offenders” Central State Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia (04/29/99).
  • “Sex Offender: Pedophilia,” Forensic Evaluation Seminar, Department of Psychiatry, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia (08/21/98).
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