Psychology Department

 

 

Faculty

Farzin Irani

Farzin Irani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Drexel University

 

Office Phone #: 610-436-2271

Office Room#: People’s Building 46

Email: firani@wcupa.edu

Preferred means of contact: Email

 

Spring 2014 Office Hours:

Monday: 11am-2pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30-1:30pm

 

Courses taught:

PSY 246 – Research Methods

PSY 400 – Senior Seminar in Clinical Neuropsychology

PSY 544 – Intelligence Testing

 

Description of research interests:  

I am a clinical neuropsychologist whose research has focused on understanding brain-behavior relationships across the lifespan in diverse individuals.   I believe that new treatments for brain disorders need to be empirically supported, informed by their neurobiological underpinnings and understood in a cultural context.  So, my research has integrated traditional and computerized neuropsychological assessment with modern neuroimaging methods in diverse populations.  Some of my research has focused on neurocognition (e.g. memory) and social cognition (e.g. emotion perception, theory of mind).  I have been interested in aging-related changes in these constructs, as well as the nature and significance of facial affect and identity recognition difficulties (including self-face processing), particularly in the schizophrenia spectrum.  I love research and mentoring and try to excite students about research involving clinical neuropsychology, diversity, psychosis, aging and cognitive neuroscience.

 

Some representative publications:

Irani, F., Seligman, S., Kamath, V., Kohler C. & Gur, R.C. (2012). A meta-analysis of emotion perception and functional outcomes in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 137, 203-11.

 

Irani, F., Brensinger, C.M., Richard, J., Calkins, M.E., Moberg, P.J., Bilker, W.B., Gur, R.E., & Gur, R.C. (2012). Computerized neurocognitive test performance in schizophrenia: A lifespan analysis. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20(1), 41-52.

 

Irani, F., Kalkstein, S., Moberg, E. & Moberg, P.J. (2010). Neuropsychological performance in older patients with schizophrenia: A meta-analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37, 1318-26. 

 

Romero, H., Lageman, S., Kamath, V., Irani, F., Sim, A., Surez, P., Manly, J., & Attix, D. (2010). Proceedings of the challenges in the neuropsychological assessment of ethnic minorities: Problem solving summit. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23, 761-779.

 

Irani, F., Sweet, L., Haley, A., Gunstad, J., Jerskey, B., Mulligan, R.C., Jefferson, A., Poppas, A., & Cohen, R. (2009). An fMRI study of verbal working memory, cardiac output, and ejection fraction in elderly patients with cardiovascular disease. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 3, 350-357.

 

Irani, F. (2008). A search for autoprosopagnosia in schizophrenia. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. 

 

Irani, F., Platek, S.M., Panyavin, I., Calkins, M.E., Kohler, C., Siegel, S.J., Schachter, M.C., Gur, R.E. & Gur, R.C. (2007). Self-face recognition and theory of mind in patients with schizophrenia and their first degree relatives. Schizophrenia Research, 88, 151-160.

 

Irani, F., Platek, S.M., Bunce, S., Ruocco, A.C. & Chute, D. (2007). Applications of functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to neurobehavioral disorders. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 21, 9-

 

Siegel, S.J., Irani, F., Brensinger, C., Kohler, C., Bilker, W., Ragland, J.D., Kanes, S.J., Gur, R.C. & Gur, R.E. (2006). Prognostic variables at intake and 3 year level of function in schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 163, 433-41. 

 

 

Teaching philosophy: I try to help students strive toward academic excellence by fueling a passion for the science and practice of psychology. We are all unique and need to continuously strive for what we enjoy and deserve!